Step Up Program Orientation Video
We purchase clothing and shoes for our youth participants to present their best self on tours and at job and scholarship interviews. In workshops mentors teach the youth how to Dress for Success. We also partner with a local tuxedo shop in order to dress our young leaders for the AAHCF's Annual Rites of Passage/Community Service Event - "A Salute to Elder Kings and Queens." We believe that real self esteem comes with looking, feeling, and achieving your best.
AAHCF fosters a College-Going-Culture in the youth that we serve with affordable college tours. The HBCUs and other college visits have resulted in motivating students to step up their game in high school in order to enter the best institution that supports their career choice. AAHCF also believes the achievement gap impacts the economic gap in a huge way.
"Leave no student behind"
AAHCF is confident that all students can thrive with a supportive community. In our scholarship competition we look for the diamond in the rough. Need based awards are essential to the population that we seek to serve: 2.5 g.p.a and above from low income families, including foster and special needs youth. We also award merit-based scholarships to our youth who worked hard to achieve excellence, but have been overlooked by their graduating schools.
Dr. Salaam is the founder and CEO of the African American History & Culture Foundation, a Long Beach, California-based public charitable non-profit organization. She officially established the AAHCF when she retired from the LBUSD in 2014. Her formative years was in Long Beach where she was nurtured for leadership within the school community and that led to a life of service. Upon graduating from Long Beach Poly High School and inspired to serve humanity, she earned her B.A. in Human Services with emphasis in Childhood and Adolescents, and M.A. with honors in Education from CSU Dominguez Hills. Later Dr. Salaam earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Clark Atlanta University where she was taught to use the HBCU's intellectual inheritance to serve under-represented communities and help to solve systemic problems.
With a career expanding more than forty years in education (preschool to university), Dr. Salaam has worked in public and private schools in Memphis Tennessee, Los Angeles and Compton California, and the last twenty years in Long Beach California where she retired.The positions that she held in addition to Community Liaison, were Principal, Teacher and Counselor. In performing her core responsibilities as a counselor, she guided over eight thousands students to on -time graduations and careers of their choice.
In 2006 she pledged to help create a college-going-culture to close the achievement and economic gaps between African American students and others by establishing affordable student tours to 60 out of state and 15 in state colleges, three U.S. Capital and Supreme Court excursions that included cultural institutions in thirteen states and the District of Columbia.These experiences met the AAHCF's objective to-expand the participant's civic responsibilities and patriotic identity. Also under her leadership, the AAHCF programs have raised over $50,000 need and merit based scholarships for Independent Black School and Special Needs students.
Furthermore, Dr. Salaam and the AAHCF have prepared students to be global citizens matriculating in China, Egypt, and India. Personally she believes that to travel is education and have traveled to China, South Africa, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, The Caribbean, Alaska and Hawaii in order to understand the transmission of indigenous and colonial cultures. In acknowledging her collective work when receiving awards she quotes the 100 Black Men of Long Beach - " She specializes in peeling away adversity and discovering the genius within inner-city youth."
In 2006 she also created the first AAHCF's Mobile Museum Exposition at the Boys and Girls club in order to correct false narratives and stereotypes by highlighting inspirational leaders and their contributions to society throughout the year. In conclusion, for four decades Dr. Salaam has assisted with community initiatives in order to meet the diverse needs of students and families and has collaborated with many others in order to build the self confidence of youth and families within a climate of high expectations.
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