AzCAAC Advisory Council

AZCAAC - Arizona Center for African American Children

Purpose & Mission

AZCAAR's flagship program, AzCAAC, the Arizona Center for African American Children, was created in 2016 specifically to give voice and visibility to African American children and their well-being in Arizona through various forms of advocacy.


Working collaboratively with organizations, agencies and community activists AzCAAC's mission is to create sustainable and improved life opportunities for African American children in Arizona in the areas of child welfare, education, health care, and juvenile justice.  

AzCAAC Highlights 2016-2018

2018 Highlights

  • AzCAAC Advisory Council is developing a formal strategic plan to address issues impacting African American children in the areas of child well-being, education, health care, and juvenile justice. 
  • Met with AZ DCS Director, Greg McKay, to discuss African American children and disproportionality within the state's child welfare system.
  • Created BookNBarbershops, a community literacy program that has given hundreds children's books to barbershops, beauty salons, schools, churches and organizations to encourage early childhood reading and literacy.
  • Hosted 4 workshops at the 2018 African American Conference on Disabilities on child welfare, education, health care, and juvenile justice.
  • Collaborated with Pinal County Juvile Justice Officials to discuss and bring awareness to disproportionality  among African American children in the system.
  • Collaborated with United Technologies Aerospace Systems (UTAS) to  become  STEM advisor at Maxine Bush Elementary School in Phoenix.
  • Partnered with Phoenix Children Hospital to host workshops on how trauma impacts children's development and life (ACEs study).

2017 Highlights

  • AzCAAC Advisory Council members are appointed to chair the Governor's Council on Child Safety and Empowerment subcommitte on African American Children and Families.
  • AzCAAC held 1st advisory Council meeting to begin work on collaboration among the various organizations.
  • ACE's Consortium provides multi-year neuro-sequential & trauma training for two AzCAAC Advisory Council members.
  • AzCAAC partners with Black Mother's Forum to assist in school discipline issue impacting African American children and youth.

2016 Highlights

  • AZCAAR receives a $5,000 grant from the Arizona Cardinals for it child advocacy work using it's AzCAAC Advisory Council.
  • Hosts a state-wide child welfare summit focusing on the state of African American children in Arizona.
  • AzCAAC executive director speaks at the Arizona juvenile justice Commission on the disproportionality of African American children in the system.
  • AzCAAC works with the Agape Adoption Agency on issues concerning African american children in the child welfare system and trauma.
  • AZCAAR announces the formation of AzCAAC as a means put a focus on the state of African American children in Arizona. 

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