AFRICAN AMERICAN NETWORK OF KERN COUNTY INC

Thru Unity, promoting meaningful programs designed to educate

aka AANKC   |   Bakersfield, CA   |  www.aankc.org

Mission

This business and professional organization strives to bring parity to the minority community by educating minority business owners and mentoring to the youth of our community. Through unity, we promote responsible and meaningful programs that are designed to educate, create economic parity, create job opportunities, produce positive role models, an enance the culture of the African- American communi

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Ms. L. Dee Slade

Main address

P O Box 1215

Bakersfield, CA 93302 USA

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EIN

77-0387496

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Minorities have the highest unemployment, student drop-out, health issues, incarceration, violence and homeless. The African American Network of Kern County "Each One Teach One Buffalo Soldiers "programs need to increase funding in order to continue our outreach to students and adults in improving their reading , health habits, financial literacy , anger management, how to deal with COVID Stress and how to enter or return to the workforce. Through our programs which are designed to educate, empower and enhance the African American culture to build a stronger, educated and safe community through partnerships and collaboration and to celebrate and embrace all cultures understanding that by empowering the next generations to lead ethically and confidently will increase our economic growth in our communities.

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?

Each One Teach One Mentoring Program

Through our "Each One Teach One" community service and enrichment program, AAN mentors to a minimum of twenty students per year; introducing students to many tools that help them learn about themselves, their family history, etiquette, and social graces. We convey information on education and other community programs that build self-esteem and develop leadership skills. The participants get hands on insight into the arts, performing arts, budgeting and family skills. They develop communication skills through oratory performances. By networking our students learn of the importance of small and large businesses and the role they play in the economic development of our community. Below are the five project tools that "Each One Teach One” uses to mentor and motivate each young person.


Projects Description:
Arts & Humanities
The participant will experience how the arts and the humanities play a fundamental role in developing the mind. They will become flexible, insightful and informed. The experience gives them the versatility that is needed to succeed in an ever more complex and volatile global environment.

Etiquette & Social Graces
Etiquette and social graces are introduced to the students as factors that directly impact their success. Each participant will come to know that the building blocks for charm and grace are a wonderful way of reducing awkwardness and social anxiety. Not only will they learn social etiquette, they will play the game of life superbly and with polish. They will have a vital understanding of how life really works.

Health & Wellness
We incorporate a health awareness component with each event by briefly discussing the importance of staying healthy in mind and body. We partner with health groups that promote family well-being. During the youth programs, the participants are encouraged to see their doctor or health clinic for regular check-ups.


Historical Review: Who Are You?
Over the years AAN has completed documentaries and video media on Kern County history and the impact of minorities within the county. It is our hope that our students will be motivated to research their own family history and in doing so learn of the impact their families have and continue to make on our community. Through history there has been a blending of cultures, customs, ideas, and ethics. It is our intent to show our students how these have come together impacting education. By looking back we can see how barriers have been removed opening the gates to education for all youth and giving them the opportunity to continue improving the society in which we live.

Youth Business & Professionalism
The participants learn professional behavior. The students learn what it is like to work in a business setting, who their customers are and how their behavior impacts not only them but the company they represent. They are introduced to cultural and business etiquette and how it plays an important part in the global workplace.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Each One Teach One Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of paid participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Each One Teach One Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our goal is to provide skills and career guidance to students and adults. We are committed to providing a nurturing environment for the students, so they may excel in their career path; develop programs and platforms that inspire and educate young individuals to change and become productive members of their respective communities.
We want to give them the confidence to become change agents in our society by ensuring them that their voices are important and will be heard.

1. Impact the community with educational programs
2. Develop workforce training programs with local businesses
3. Assist in the growth and development of job opportunities for adults and Youth
4. Strengthen Business and Corporate relations in creating a stronger workforce
5. Establish Racial Equity and inclusion programs

We have board of directors with diverse backgrounds who we encourage to work individually and collaboratively to recruit new members possessing the necessary skills for our mentoring programs. Our directors represent a cross section of the workforce, community, social justice, education, health, financial, arts and culture as well as the humanities. Through Our "Each One Teach One Partners in Progress Buffalo Soldiers Program," participants are given the opportunity to participate in programs designed to strengthen them in their field of endeavor as it pertains to their future goals.

1. The African American Network of Kern County have added new programs
2. Produced partnered programs with other community base organizations in 2020 and 2021
3. In 2021 we produced 60% of our student and adult education programs by podcast or virtual
4. Have Increased our health outreach 40% COVID testing and vaccination among the minorities
5. Throughout 2021 worked on lowering the gang and family violence within the minority community.
6. Have increased awareness for mental health education and cancer screening
7. Have increased awareness for Alzheimer and early Dementia

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    1. Past Students now serve on our boards, committees and they produce our educational sessions. 2. Former participates have gained a college degree, a certificate and are educators. 3. Some of our students are now attorneys, CBO leaders, law enforcement, care providers, medical field, first responders, artists and are presently in the armed services.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The African American Network of Kern County created a EMT program with a local first responder business in order to assist applicants in applying to enter the EMT training program and to educate the applicant what the program entails.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The African American Network of Kern County board and partners understands the needs of the people we serve .

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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AFRICAN AMERICAN NETWORK OF KERN COUNTY INC

Board of directors
as of 02/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Marshal Dillard

Bakersfield City Schools District

Term: 2020 - 2023


Board co-chair

Ms. Ferdae Garami

Actors Guild of Los Angeles

Term: 2020 - 2023

Lashawna Stowe

Dignity Health Mgt. Services

Inetha Beed

Retired- Past chair

Dorothy Daniels

Retired Con Tel Service CorpDaniels & Parker

Isaac Sandifer

Retired Educator

Gary Johnson

IMG Radio

Steve Sanders

Kern County Supt of Schools

Walter Slade

Retired, Kern High School Dist

Mary Helen Barro

Retired Educator

Daniel Smith

Jim Burk Ford Lincoln

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/25/2022

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
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/01/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • 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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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 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.