AzCAAC (Arizona Center for African American Children), AZCAAR's flagship program, was formed to specifically focus on the needs of African American Children in Arizona in the areas of Child Welfare, Education, Health Care, and Juvenile Justice.
Feb 2021, AZCAAR co-hosted the conference in its 1st ever virtual format and held a workshop titled - Trauma: The Effects of the Pandemic on African Americans Families.
AZCAAR President, Connie Robinson, accepts a $10,000 grant from Wendy's to fund our work to improve the lives of African American children in Arizona.
Feb 2020, AZCAAR co-hosted the conference and held a workshop to find collaborative approaches to find solutions to drastically improve the lives of African Americans in the AZ foster care system.
BooksNBarberShops, part of our literacy program, encourages parents to read to their children while waiting for their hair cut and the children are allowed to take the book home.
Joan Higginbotham, former NASA Astronaut, spoke to M.O. Bush Elementary students about the importance of reading, science and self-esteem. She told the students, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
Feb 2019 - AZCAAR co-hosted the African American Conference on Disabilities, with AZ Center for Disability Law and Ability360. AZCAAR held 4 workshops relating to historical trauma and its impact on African American Children.
April 2018 - AzCAAC, AZCAAR's child well-being advisory council, held a session on The Injustices of Criminal Justices at the conference hosted by ASU's Center for Child Well-Being.
Feb 2018 - AZCAAR co-sponsors the African American Conference on Disabilities, with AZ Center for Disability Law and Ability360. The conference is the largest of its kind in the nation and involved 24 workshops on a variety of disability related topics.