Mission Statement

African Career, Education, & Resource Inc. (ACER) is the leading organization working with African immigrants in the northwest suburbs. We build power to achieve systemic change that advances racial and economic equity for our communities.

Vision

Our vision is a transformed system, free from racial and economic inequities where African Diaspora communities can thrive and lead prosperous lives.

HISTORY

Since the organization was established in 2008, staff have looked to community members to bring concerns, ideas, and issues to the table. We started by offering job and resources fairs that connected African immigrants to employment and other critical resources.

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OUR COMMUNITY

According to census data, at least 77,000 African immigrants live in Minnesota. ACER works in the northwest suburban cities of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Maple Grove, Crystal, Robbinsdale, and New Hope where a large population of African immigrants lives. An estimated 4,500 African immigrants live here, hailing primarily from Liberia, Somalia, and Nigeria.

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WHAT WE DO

ACER believes African immigrants understand complex issues and know our communities best. We elevate the voices of community members. We build bridges between residents and decision-makers so that our knowledge and expertise is represented in the policies that shape our communities.

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AREAS OF FOCUS

The kind of issues ACER works on will evolve, but the way that we works will not. We work with African immigrants with a focus on these Key Areas:

Civic Engagement | Healthy Equity | Economic & Community Development | Housing Justice

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