To positively impact the African American community by advocating effective initiatives through strategic partnerships, leadership development, and volunteerism.
Advancing the education, income, and health of African American males.
Who We Are
We are a diverse group of corporate, professional, and nonprofit community leaders. As volunteers our responsiblity is to provide commitment, passion, and a sense of purpose that propels our group to create impact and overcome obstacles. We are proud to commit time, energy, and financial resources to build a stronger community. We hope you will join us.
Benefits to being a member
As a member, you will be on the front line of creating impact within the African American community. You will also be provided recognition, networking, development, and volunteer opportunities.
- Leadership Development
- Strategic Partnerships
Highlights of Past Successes
Childhood Health and Wellness
The African American Initiative created a partnership to confront the issue of childhood obesity and the impact it has on a child's ability to socially and emotionally develop into a healthy young adult. The Initiative convened its first Childhood Obesity Community Forum on June 28, 2007, where nearly 70 participants representing various sectors of the community gathered for a groundbreaking dialog resulting in the development of long and short term outcomes. The African American Initiative had provided financial support and advocacy efforts to programs that help youth make positive nutritional and behavioral choices.
Lunch with Leaders
For several years, United Way African American Initiative sponsored a highly-successful, well-attended monthly brown bag lunch series designed to provide members with an opportunity to network and hear from some of the most dynamic African American leaders in the community.
Promoting Higher Education among African-American Males
In partnership with Lucas Country institutions of higher education, local high schools, and both public and private organizations, the African American Initiative has provided scholarships to promote the transition of African-American males from high school to college.