Programs & Services

Afri-Can Alliance thrives on protocols set out of partners, whose missions and mandates are determined by consensus in the community and adopted by the entire forum which by the way, are non-political and fully voluntary-based to Black communities. We cite accurate and credible sources in our programs and services i.e. grant applications, work strategies, and community portraits. Also, we use this information to increase the quality of engagement with the community and to inform our advocacy which includes raising awareness of issues facing the community while building solidarity and strengthening the vitality of our community. The findings from our research also supports the Private, Educational, and Public Sector partners with information regarding the English-speaking Black population here in Alberta.

Employability, Bridging & Entrepreneurship Pathways (EBE Pathways)

This is a mandatory preliminary assessment for all candidates seeking employment training or placement through our organization, designed to deploy potential employees through the appropriate career channels. We would:

  • Develop a visual-automated tool that helps participants assess their competence and employability.
  • Build a process that helps participants assess their viability and ability to function in that profession.
  • Bridge and help Black Immigrants (Newcomers) – Women and Girls, transition into the Canadian workforce smoothly.
  • Conduct market research – carry out market studies that allow us to know the new individual and industry demands firsthand.
  • Evaluate market viability to dig deeper into career prospects.
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Elders’ Virtual Connect (E-connect)

Our E-Connect program focuses on ONLINE financial literacy seminars for Seniors to bridge the social isolation gap and reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure. We offer virtual, social and educational sessions in order to support the social participation and inclusion of seniors.
Demographic of Target Groups:

  • Seniors
  • Women
  • Newcomers

  • Low Income

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Women Empowerment & Mentorship Program (Arise N Shine)

Our Arise n Shine Program focuses on developing a mentorship and networking platform to help Black immigrant women experiencing poverty and/or on social aid across Canada build essential workplace skills to realize their full potential. We aim to continue supporting women and families by investing in impactful social and in-class programs through our partners while we prepare them for employment in customer care, financial, retail or hospitality roles.
In partnership with business leaders and the broader community, we will seek to foster an environment where vulnerable women are inspired and empowered to build and nurture professional networks to pursue key opportunities and grow their leadership capabilities. Young women will be mentored by key decision makers; gain diverse skills and training to engage and participate in a broader community.

Mentees will be matched with their mentors throughout every January.

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Tech Deck (TD)

Afri-Can Alliance will deliver her Tech Deck (TD) through our project partner, Canford Institute of Technology (CIT). This 6-month program will help foreign trained candidates who already have ICT education and work backgrounds, focus on gaining necessary soft skills and core software development skills to support better connectivity between various systems including virtual work model. They’ll gain practical occupational skills in digital programming – and tap into several years of real industry experience they wouldn’t get on a traditional learning route.
Our Digital Academy is structured to host 20 apprentices, training and working full-time concurrently. We would facilitate a new approach to recruitment by helping CIT and the entire technology sector expand their talent pipeline and develop the next generation of software engineers. Our trainings will match both academic excellence and real-world expertise, so we can develop employees with the specialist skills to take on new jobs and drive future employment opportunity.
The benefits to both apprentices and employers are clear. They bring a new perspective and future talent to the business whilst being committed, passionate and eager to learn. This program would also accept Employment Insurance (EI) recipients with similar background.

6-month program:

  • 9 weeks – Employment preparation training
  • 6 weeks – CIT Occupational skills upgrading
  • 10 weeks -Work experience placement

Key CIT training components:

  • IT Business Analysis
  • Microsoft SQL Queries
  • Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
  • Programming for Data Analytics
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HER-conomy Initiative Program (HIP)

Our HER-conomy Initiative Program (HIP) is creating a world with fair advantages, meaningful labor
opportunities and care for women and their communities, where they can all enjoy economic, sexual and political autonomy. We believe in the ability of our HIP movement to work for change with our broad alliances across various social development sectors. We would tackle the inequities by amplifying feminist sustainable visions and commit to building new paradigms of just economies.

  • Train and transition 20 members into professional paid employments by end of every season.
  • Convert at least 10 Employment Insurance (EI) recipients to the labor workforce in the first year and 30 by end of project term.
  • Coach Black women to participate more and regain employment after maternity leave.
  • Provide Labor intelligence and data reporting that specifically addresses women employment and empowerment.
  • Scale up employment rate and career progression amongst Alberta’s black women workforce by at least 5%.
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Financial Literacy & Personal Development

As Black Communities continue to face greater challenges in 2020, we hope young adults and children of today will be the ones left to solve them. ACAI’s Know-Your-Peak (KYP) Program educates and seeks to provide the necessary training for Black youths to know their human rights and limits as citizens, prepare them for an evolving job market and encourage the application of contemporary skills to solve the complex social, political, technological, and environmental issues of our time.
KYP is an online and in-class financial literacy/personal development program integrated into our Arise Africa initiative, a national campaign for Black Youth (aged 14-49) that promotes Black pride and positive cultural identity through history, technology, entrepreneurship, social innovation, fashion, culinary, visual, literary and performing arts. The KYP curriculum subscribes to our mission of raising the bar of Black excellence and fostering great leadership delivered by intersecting the themes of capacity development and financial literacy.

Some of our KYP Objectives are:

  • To provide resources for Black youth to be self-sufficient socio-economically (the application of social skills and integration of financial literacy).

  • To ensure Black-Canadians communities have a better sense of how to sustain a regiment that stimulates wealth creation while also maintaining a healthy trajectory of personal development.

  • Character development and leadership skills in all aspects of learning, personal and professional development.

  • Engaging participants in interactive learning and capacity building through appealing content nestled in the appeal of Pop Culture.

  • Leaving participants with practical transferable life and professional skill sets that will render them competitive on the open marketplace and in any number of industries and interests.
  • Completing a project with tangible results i.e. personal portfolios that will continue to inspire further achievement.

Our goal is to foster communication and solidarity amongst Black-Canadian families while creating positive impacts on the lives of every Black in our community as well as encouraging our youths to realize their full potentials.

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Strengthening Careers In Black Communities

At Afri-Can Alliance, we acknowledge that there is a wide gap in social equity and employment experience for the minorities living in Canada particularly, the new Black immigrants between the ages of 18 and 49 years old. For instance, it is generally tougher for new immigrants from Africa seeking employment to secure paid jobs because they do not have ‘the Canadian experience’ and most employers do not appraise their foreign work experience or professional backgrounds commensurably.
We understand that it is difficult to get that Canadian work experience without being hired so we take strategic steps in assisting Africans and the Black community through an employment program that does not only compensates them for their labor but essentially, educates and help transition them to Canada’s workforce smoothly.

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Coaching And Mentorship

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Afri-Can Alliance coaching and mentorship program is a social initiative developed to support Black-Canadian students and professionals aged 15-35 years with professional career counselling in Finance, Engineering, Healthcare, as well as for Small Business Startups.
The program is free and over the course of six months, youth are paired with a mentor who will offer tips and resources to help them achieve their goals towards a sustainable career or business growth.

Our mentorship program will:

  • Provide youth with tools and resources to help them in choosing the perfect career and alternate career options.
  • Will strategically pair mentees with mentors based on their needs.
  • Train youths on Character development and leadership skills in all aspects of learning, personal and professional development.
  • Require at least a 6-month commitment for a virtual and in-person meetings, especially for mentees in Alberta.
  • Help transition job-seeking mentees into paid employment etc.
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