Welcome to Concerned African Women

Concerned African Women was founded in 1989 by 3 women who saw a need for children of African descent to learn more about their history and heritage. This band of 3 volunteers recruited 12 students to teach them Swahili and expose them to the arts.

The women soon discovered that most of their pupils were illiterate. They determined that if these children were going to learn their history, they would first have to learn to read. It was then Concerned African Women launched a unique cultural curriculum, anchored by a literacy acceleration program that continues to produce exceptional results.

Today, 27 years later, Concerned African Women has a team of 29 professionals, including certified teachers, licensed social workers, and credentialed staff. We have partnered with county governments, foundations, and corporations to raise over $1 million for our programming.

All programs are rooted in the affirmation that self-awareness is essential to success and is the bedrock ingredient to positive self-determination. For this reason, all of our programs incorporate training in history, culture, and self-identity. Be part of the Change you want to see in the world by supporting synergistic effort of the Village.

CAW's Cultural Impact curriculum works to anchor clients, 90% of whom are from African descent, in their artistic and academic history and to steep them in the culture of success.

All CAW programs open with the kids reciting our trademark Daily Pledge and singing the South African National Anthem in Swahili. In addition, we incorporate CAW's Olde Fashioned Manners curriculum in each program to normalize the behaviors of respect for oneself and authority, as well as courtesy and positive communication.

The Vision

To raise an army of minds prepared to take on the responsibility that comes with self-determination. To erect, own and operate within a state of the art facility that houses all of our administrative and programming needs primarily focused on Art, Reading & Technology responsive to the changing priorities of the children, youth and families we serve.

Our Mission

To unify people around the artistic, educational and social needs of children and families. Concerned African Women provides a continuum of care centered on after school and summer programming that includes: artistic exploration and academic enhancement with a primary focus on literacy, technology training for both youth and adults, family empowerment and family strengthening, life skills development, opportunities for cultural engagement, behavioral modification incentives, arts and recreational sports activities and promotion of membership in a synergistic national VILLAGE network of concerned citizens.