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AFRICAN AMERICAN MUTUAL ASSISTANCE NETWORK INC

AAMAN

aka AAMAN   |   Onalaska, WI   |  https://aaman.online

Mission

AMAN's Mission is to increase partnerships between the African American Mutual Assistance Network-(AAMAN) and US communities to address issues of diversity and inclusion affecting our Nation’s future. Advise AAMAN on ways to address diversity and inclusion issues; and provide key external support for AAMAN's 2020FWD Strategic Framework, which promotes diversity and inclusion to reinvigorate the US’s economy and enhance the quality of life for all its citizens. Provide educational resources to children and young adults in order to realize the possibility of a successful and productive life. Develop employment and educational opportunities for low-income families while inspiring children to learn, adults to teach and communities to move forward together. ​

Notes from the nonprofit

It's our mission to create opportunities so people can live better. We consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Whether it's through the grants we provide to organizations that share our mission or through the individuals we inspire.

Since 2008 AAMAN has given over $5,150.00 in cash and donated items for auctions valued over $2,000.00. We give to nonprofit organizations, families, children, law enforcements and communities in a variety of ways - through corporate sponsorships, direct grants, donations and employee matching gifts. In addition, AAMAN selectively provides corporate sponsorships to community fund-raiser events such as walk-a-thons, bicycle rides, festivals, concerts and other special charitable events.

AAMAN's Randy Simmons Memorial Fund, Constance Simmons Memorial Fund and our Clara Fields Memorial Fund are AAMAN's three programs that provides funding to qualified recipients. Funding is year-round.

For more information and also request an application, please contact Cecil Adams at 608-519-2367 or email Mr. Adams at: aamancfmlp@gmail.com

Ruling year info

2006

CEO and Founder

Mr. Cecil Adams Jr.

Co-Founder

Mrs. Valjean Juvirn Adams

Main address

718 Vilas Street

Onalaska, WI 54650 USA

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EIN

87-0722089

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Y12)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

(1) AAMAN has created a courageous initiative to address homelessness in our La Crosse communities. (2)AAMAN/UW-La Crosse ACT Test Prep Course. Preparing for the ACT can increase test scores that are important for gaining acceptance into your college of choice and for expanding your scholarship opportunities. (3) Diversity recruitment is one of the hottest topics in corporate America today. The latest census results firmly established that the ethnic make-up of the U.S. is changing at a rate faster than anyone has anticipated and La Crosse is no exception. (4) Ethnic Diversity in the Workforce is an ongoing effort, not just one topic among many for Cecil Adams. His ability to transform multifaceted ethnic diversity and inclusion concepts into understanding and acceptance has enabled Cecil to help organizations intentionally create and sustain inclusive workplace ethnic diversity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

UW-L and AAMAN’s ACT Test Prep Course Partnership.

UW-L and AAMAN’s ACT Test Prep Course Partnership is designed to offset the $195.00 Course Fee for eligible students. AAMAN covers 80% of the $195.00 fee and the parent/guardian of the student is responsible for the 20% balance totaling $39.00. The $39.00 balance is paid by the student’s parent/guardian in 3-equal monthly installments of $13.00. The first installment is due upon the student’s acceptance into the ACT Prep Test Prep Course. Qualified instructors work directly with students to work through this comprehensive preparation program. Preparing for the ACT can increase test scores that are important for gaining acceptance into your college of choice and for expanding your scholarship opportunities. This course is designed to complement area high schools' preparatory programs. This program provides 12 hours of instruction in writing strategies to assist you in the essay part of the ACT® test; orientation to the ACT® and its four parts; opportunity to take diagnostic assessments; instruction in all four areas; test-taking strategies for each of the components and for the entire test; practice with printed materials where test-taking tips can be applied and reinforced and interactive skill drills in deficit areas as measured by the diagnostic test.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Multiracial people
Budget
$2,000

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. 2018 will be the 153rd year of the annual historic celebration since its namesake on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth, or June 19th, is the date celebrated and heralded by Americans as the nation's second independence day, where freed slaves in the 19th century acknowledged their newly learned freedom by joyous singing, dancing and feasting. Juneteenth activities have not only become a tradition but a state holiday or observance in over 40 states. The City and the County of La Crosse, Wisconsin are honored to participate and Co-sponsor the Fourth annual citywide Juneteenth Celebrate sponsored by the AAMAN.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Families
Budget
$3,000

AAMAN has created a courageous initiative to address homelessness in our La Crosse communities. AAMAN’s initiative is to assist and address the unique homeless families, individuals, and students that fall through the abyss of standard Shelter prerequisites. A minimum $10.00 monthly contribution to our unique Homelessness Program would serve many more families and individuals. We offer up to a 3-days/night’s stay at our partner Hotels at a tax-exempt, reduced room rate. Funding for this Program is limited. We are turning away many Homeless families, students, and individuals due to the lack of funds. The families, individuals, and students that may find themselves falling into the abyss are: ​ (1) A Signal Male or Female or Couple that finds themselves in a crises situation with or without children. (2) College students that just need a few extra days, via Dorm Room not ready, waiting on Financial Aid, etc. (3) Individuals in transition between jobs and/or housing. (4) Families or individuals having pets or Service Dogs. (5) Providing extended shelter for up to 3-days/nights to families and individuals that has exhausted their current shelter’s services and who are referred to AAMAN by “Priority Organization or Individuals.” ​ I encourage you either personally and/or professionally to become a “Priority Client” by investing $10.00 per month or $100.00 for 12-months, saving 2-months investment to help AAMAN continue to fund our unique Homelessness Program. Priority Client's request for service is provided on a first-come-first-serve bases. Unfortunately, in most cases, request from non-priority clients are not met. ​ AAMAN’s Hotel stays are used as a LAST RESORT!

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$500

Ethnic Diversity is an ongoing effort, not just one topic among many for Cecil Adams. His ability to transform multifaceted ethnic diversity and inclusion concepts into understanding and acceptance has enabled Cecil to help organizations intentionally create and sustain inclusive workplace ethnic diversity. Whether through keynotes, workshops, or organizational consulting, Cecil partners with clients to help them build effective relationships that leverage ethnic diversity to increase inclusion, acceptance, innovation, employee engagement, customer satisfaction and bottom-line results. Cecil understands that Ethnocentrism, Racism and Institutional Racism are delicate subjects to address. Therefore, Cecil addresses these topics in his Workshop in a non-threatening manner that creates enlightenment, better understanding and increases acceptance of ethnic diversity. The Workshop is 1 and-a-half hours, allowing for a 10-minute recess and a lot of time for interaction and questions. Cecil's Workshop is not a lecture! The cost is $300.00 for local Workshops within 50 miles of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Costs for extended locations; for example, Madison, Wisconsin, is $500.00.

Population(s) Served
Minorities
Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people
Budget
$2,000

In an increasingly competitive marketplace business cannot afford to carry any additional weight that doesn't help them to succeed. So how does having a diverse workforce further a company's goals? -The Answer- A diverse workforce can provide tangible benefits to a company besides just fulfilling legal compliance and good faith efforts. In fact, as markets expand nationally and globally being able to understand and reach out to the individual needs of people from other cultures and regions will be paramount. A multicultural, talented, and trained employee base gives companies that key advantage. Innovation is the source of your company's future, and diversity is the foundation. Future leading companies and employers are looking for diverse employees today and now with your participation, you can look at AAMAN's MECA Program to place them. *Participants must be an individual from an under-represented group, i.e. African-American, Asian-American, Hmong, Mexican-American, Native-American, Native Pacific Islanders and/or under-represented groups in Higher Education and in the workforce and who are making satisfactory progress towards graduation and currently enrolled in or has been accepted into an accredited, college, graduate or medical school pursuing a certificate, and are in good academic standing or an adult entering or returning to the workforce: (1) College students must be a College Junior or Senior with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. (2) They must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have appropriate work authorization. *Corporation's investment in Student Internships are: (1) $1,000.00 per month for the summer months of June, July and August for each intern. (2)Providing summer internships at your location(s). (3) Providing possible employment of interns successfully completing their Internship. (4) Provide training and employment opportunities for adult MECA Participants.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Budget
$2,000

Where we work

Accreditations

AT&T Foundation 2015

Awards

Hmong Club Special Recognition 1994

Winona State University's Hmong Club

Black Culture and Awareness Association Special Recognition 1995

Winona State University's Black Culture and Awareness Association

CBC $500.00 Outstanding Achievement 2003

California Black Campers of Southern California-(CBC)

BookStart (400 Books) 2008

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

$500.00 Community Program Award 2007

Kwik Trip Stores

Nominated for the National Service Impact Award 2013

Corporation for National & Community Service.

Employee Donations 2015

AT&T Foundation

Fundraiser $900.00 2015

Barnes & Noble

Funraiser $1,500.00 2016

Barnes & Noble

Fundraiser $1,500.00 2017

Barnes & Noble Fundraiser $900.00 2015

Community Grant 2017

Best Buy

Community Grant 2017

Coulee Bank

Juneteenty Funding 2015

County of La Crosse

Juneteenth Donation 2015

Culligan Water

Juneteenth Donation 2016

Festival Foods

Employee Donation 2016

FIDELITY Charitable

Community Contribution Grant 2016

Gundersen Lutheran Health System

Donation 2017

Honda Motorwerks

Donation 2017

Kwik Trip

Donation 2016

Trinity Lutheran Church

Mini Grant 2015

La Crosse Community Foundation

Preschool Literacy Grant 2016

La Crosse Community Foundation

Donation 2016

Explore La Crosse

$20,000.00 School Grant 2017

Otto Bremer

Juneteenth Grant 2015

Pepsi Cola

Community Grant 2018

Walmart

Community Grant 2018

MAYO Clinic Health System

Community Foundation 2018

Marine Credit Union

Affiliations & memberships

Public Radio International 2009

Afterschool Alliance 2009

American Camp Association - Member 2008

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

AAMAN's Mission is to increase partnerships between the African American Mutual Assistance Network-(AAMAN) and US communities to address issues of diversity and inclusion affecting our Nation’s future. Advise AAMAN on ways to address diversity and inclusion issues; and provide key external support for AAMAN's 2020FWD Strategic Framework, which promotes diversity and inclusion to reinvigorate the US’s economy and enhance the quality of life for all its citizens. Provide educational resources to children and young adults in order to realize the possibility of a successful and productive life. Develop employment and educational opportunities for low-income families while inspiring children to learn, adults to teach and communities to move forward together. ​ To provide empowerment and civics programs designed to provide foundational knowledge about American government and history, as well as critical thinking skills important to understanding and articulating this knowledge, to 9th thru 12th-grade high school students, open to young and older adults and individuals living in low-income families. By creating better-informed young people, who are thinking critically about issues of national and local importance, the intent is to empower these students and individuals as to how best to work with government and fulfill their roles as citizens in the United States. In doing so, the intent is to remove the fear and frustration many of these young people have about government institutions. In addition, increase the probability that these students and individuals ultimately succeed in obtaining an AA or BA Degree in their chosen field of study and/or receive gainful employment. In addition, assist with Housing, Food, Clothing, Employment, Furniture, Education, School Supplies, Hair Care, Spiritual, Legal Issues, Court Ordered Community Service Hours, Juvenile Justice and Inmate Release Support. We believe the quality of the investment we make in our youth and their families will help to positively shape their future. All of these individuals represent the promise of accomplishing great things and deserve every opportunity to fulfill that promise without restrictions.

Increase partnerships between the African American Mutual Assistance Network-(AAMAN) and US communities to address issues of diversity and inclusion affecting our Nation’s future. Advise AAMAN on ways to address diversity and inclusion issues; and provide key external support for AAMAN's 2020FWD Strategic Framework, which promotes diversity and inclusion to reinvigorate the US’s economy and enhance the quality of life for all its citizens. Provide educational resources to children and young adults in order to realize the possibility of a successful and productive life. Develop employment and educational opportunities for low-income families while inspiring children to learn, adults to teach and communities to move forward together.

AAMAN is A STAKEHOLDER AND MEMBER OF several LOCAL & STATEWIDE Organizations: ​ (1) AARP Age-Friendly Network of Communities Steering Committee Member (2) Ending Veterans Homelessness in the City of La Crosse Leadership Team (3) Great Rivers 2-1-1 Advisory Committee (4) La Crosse Area Family Collaborative- Stakeholder and Committee Member (5) (5) Municipal Court Housing Diversion Program (6) UW-Extension Cooperative Extension (7) UW-System Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council-Statewide (8) Western Region W2 Community Steering Committee-Workforce Connections

Our youth program is designed to have 3-sessions that meets once perweek for 10-weeks per-session with 15 students-participants per-session. The Program is designed to teach American politics and civics in a way that participants both understand the importance of these issues in their daily lives and also understand how to approach topics of public policy with a critical eye. During each session, participants will be presented with a certain topic, in a brief lecture format. Then, through a seminar format, these topics will be discussed in greater detail. Not only will this allow for the students to work with the topics in a hands-on manner, it will also prepare them for the rigor of critical thinking important for college and careers. Because of this format, the learning outcomes will be highly dependent on the participants and their understanding of the materials, and the program leaders will ensure that all participants have a base level of understanding before moving on to new topics. At the end of the 10-week course, participants will receive a certificate of completion and recognition. Moreover, they will be encouraged to form a group to continue discussion on these topics, and act as mentors for future groups coming into the program.<br/><br/>Our pre-k expected student outcome is for our Fields' Graduates to enter kindergarten reading two grade-levels above their peers. We enjoy a 100% graduation rate and graduates are tracked for two years. Pictured at lift is our 2013 Fields' Summer Graduates.<br/><br/>Evaluation of student outcomes begins with an assessment test on the first day of enrollment. Their progress is monitored and reviewed weekly. Report cards are issued in December, March and June. An action plan is designed for children based on their knowledge and ability. This plan addresses skill deficiencies, background knowledge and recommends corrective actions. The plan forms the guide for instruction. Monitoring the child's progress is on going. A general review is conducted weekly as literacy skills are presented and curriculum Units reviews are conducted upon the successful completion of each Unit. Our maximum 2 to 1 student/teacher ratio provides support for the child to succeed with our curriculum, which is challenging but not overwhelming. CFMLP's curriculum is designed to be used as a one-year program, beginning with easier skills and progressing to more difficult ones as the year continues.

(1) In 2005 AAMAN laid the foundation for the first combined La Crosse, WI and Winona, MN Martian Luther King Junior Celebrations and the area's first White Privilege Workshops. AAMAN was one of the first stakeholders to assist with the establishment of The Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council. (2) Cecil understands that Ethnocentrism, Racism and Institutional Racism are delicate subjects to address. Therefore, Cecil addresses these topics in his Workshop in a non-threatening manner that creates enlightenment, better understanding and increases acceptance of ethnic diversity. (3) Early identification, internships, and ongoing leadership development create long-term relationships vital to recruiting and retaining talented student interns and candidates. La Crosse's innovative nonprofit; AAMAN, creates and recruits talented students and adults from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds and prepares them to excel in corporate careers and community involvement. You can rely on AAMAN to find, place, mentor and develop the best student interns and candidates, transforming them into future frontrunners with established business competencies, proven leadership abilities, and civic responsibilities. The MECA Program is also a valuable recruiting and retention tool used by Universities and colleges to diversify their faculty, staff and student body. (4) The ACT® test is a gateway to the student's future plans. AAMAN encourage students to not make the ACT® more stressful by arriving unprepared. This unparalleled ACT® test preparation course readies students for all four sections of the ACT®test, plus the optional writing section. Students take official, retired ACT® pre- and post-tests to determine strengths and weakness. (5) AAMAN has created a courageous initiative to address homelessness in our La Crosse communities. AAMAN’s initiative is to assist and address the unique homeless families, individuals, and students that fall through the abyss of standard Shelter prerequisites.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AFRICAN AMERICAN MUTUAL ASSISTANCE NETWORK INC

Board of directors
as of 8/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Valjean Adams

AAMAN

Term: 2006 -


Board co-chair

Mrs. Louise Donohue

AAMAN

Term: 2009 -

Tiffany Adams

Reliable Deliverey

Juvirn Adams

Nursing Student

Elverta Boone

Retired

Valjean Adams

AAMAN

Louise Donohue

Retired

Jonathan Locust, Jr. Ph.D.

Winona State University

Veeda Walker, M.ED

Retired

Cosalet Adams

Longshoremen

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/03/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/03/2019

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Keywords

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