The WSACF intends to work in conjunction with the national network of African & Latino-American organizations and other organizations to promote events and programs that benefit the African & Latino-American communities such as round-table discussions, consensus-building initiatives and conferences to develop local agendas and increase community awareness of issues affecting the African & Latino-American community. Through sponsorship solicitation and fundraising activities, the WSACF will be able to offer scholarships, and donate money to many worthy charities and organizations.
Over the years, fundraisers sponsored by WSACF have donated money to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Bailey House, The American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity and the Martin Luther King Memorial Project. An example of WSACF’s activities in furtherance of its exempt purposes is its mentoring program Alpha G.E.N.T.S. (Gaining Essential Networking Tools for Success). This program was designed to cultivate male students to become successful adults by adopting a focused and goal oriented philosophy through a structured atmosphere that provides them the foundation of life skills and continuous support. The G.E.N.T.S. program commits itself to each student throughout his academic experience and into the working world. The program will ensure success through ongoing evaluations of its workshops and activities. It uses a tiered curriculum that will build toward graduation from High School. The program may begin at the middle school grade level and end at grade 12. From the first year of the program to the last, they will receive a counselor to aid in further development, networking opportunities and scholarships.
The G.E.N.T.S. program provides monetary funds for book scholarships, tuition and academic incentives. It provides items that aid and encourage them to work closer to their goals and keep them out of jail! Our members serve as mentors and meet with the young men one Saturday each month to participate in workshops that are both fun and educational. Some programs planned for the upcoming year include: High School Academic Excellence, Teenage Pregnancy / STD prevention, Go-to-High School, Go-to-College; Basketball Tournament, Career & Personal Goal Setting, Field Trips, College Tours, Starting Your Own Business / Making Money, Dressing for Success, and Community Service. We invite ALL to assist the Foundation with achieving its Mission and Goals. We have much to do, but we will attempt to save our communities one child at a time.
More information can be found at www.wsacf.org.