The Anniston Community Education Foundation (ACEF) is dedicated to holistic development and empowerment of the youth in Calhoun County, AL.
Anniston Community Education Foundation has been a constant support to both youth and parents in their struggle for improved educational services and youth empowerment. As a matter of fact, it was able to provide $1 million worth of educational services to over 8,000 individuals in Anniston, Oxford, Saks, and Wellborn communities.
The Foundation provides monthly parent workshops and trainings in its local head start centers in the Anniston area. These workshops are provided to parents of children ages 3-5 to help them prepare for their children’s schooling. Moreover, these workshops are also designed to encourage parents to be more proactive in strengthening their family ties and be involved in the educational pursuit of their children.
Apart from the Head Start Parent Meetings provided by ACEF, the Foundation also provides assistance to 20 “at-risk” 9th grade students in improving their educational capacities and leadership skills. The program “Leadership Honors Academy” is a one-year program given to a diverse set of at-risk 9th grade students from Anniston, Oxford, Saks, and Wellborn high schools. Throughout their freshmen year, the Foundation would provide academic guidance and leadership skills training aimed at increasing the students’ college and career readiness, leadership skills enhancement, camaraderie among high school freshmen, and reduction in the dropout rate in the area.
Scholarships are also available to deserving at-risk graduating high school seniors who are looking forward to pursuing college or university education but lack the means to do so. Moreover, the program “Get Lifted College Bound” program was established by the Foundation that would help increase the college readiness of students from grades 9 through 12. During the program commencement in 2011, 19 students from grades 11-12 were selected for a statewide college tour. This initiative resulted into the acceptance of 14 students to colleges visited during the tour.