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 |  PO BOX 52174 Durham NC 27717-2174

African American Education and Research Organization is headquartered in Durham, NC, has an EIN of 56-2176699, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible.  It is classified by the IRS as a Charitable Organization, with a ruling year of 2001.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

AAERO aims to fill the gap in information relevant to education of African Americans, and make information accessible to students, parents, educators, and those who create and manage informal education programs. AAERO aims to enable full participation of African Americans in programs and activities that enhance learning. AAERO aims to raise awareness about the effects of policies and practices that promote educational equity and opportunities. AAERO aims to increase the numbers of well-informed, well-educated African Americans with fair opportunities and options for meaningful work and quality of life.

What are your strategies for making this happen?

Strategies include compiling, conducting and disseminating information about individual experiences, school policies and practices, and opportunities for education in formal and informal settings. Collaboration with other groups whose mission and goals are similar, and engagement with college students for reciprocal learning and service are the means by which our goals are attained. AAERO collects and shares information about African American lives, to challenge stereotypes and make it possible for people to learn from one another’s experiences. AAERO advocates for African American children and youth based on what is known about education and schooling. AAERO shares experiences and insights about success, and examines research that informs decisions about conditions conducive to quality education and life.

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

AAERO has a Board of 5 Directors committed to contributing resources and mobilizing other volunteers to achieve our goals. This Board includes retired and actively employed people from diverse backgrounds, and networks of people motivated to work for educational equity. Board members are involved with other organizations, including colleges, whose missions and values are related to those of AAERO. Collaboration and partnership enable the groups to leverage meager resources for maximum impact. Assembly and office spaces are donated to AAERO by Melchor-Quick Meeting House (a nonprofit organization).

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

With experienced evaluation researchers, AAERO is prepared to document change from initial conditions to incremental and comprehensive change, using qualitative and quantitative methods. AAERO activities are fully documented using video and audio technologies.

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

AAERO has conducted and recorded 16 public interviews with African Americans over the age of 80; provided awards to 3 of 13 elementary school teachers nominated for recognition as outstanding educators; and recorded oral history interviews with 40 African Americans who were among the first to attend all-white public schools. We have provided service learning activities, internships, and community service experiences for more than 50 college students at two Historically Black Universities. AAERO has disseminated relevant information in 3 newsletters and the AAERO website; conducted voter education workshops for college students; and conducted training in Stealth Learning Techniques (for test-taking) with six college students. We have made presentations (including video tours of library resources) about social science research methods for college students. We have organized more than 60 “Parents of African American Children” (PAAC) to participate in Parent-Teacher Association activities and school board meetings, advocating for the interests of their own children and others in Durham Public schools. We provided support to volunteers conducting a Black Children’s literature symposium and book festival with 10 African American authors of children’s books. To support the work of PAAC, co-founder, Jovonia Lewis, has established Empowered Parents in Community (EPiC) - a non-profit, education advocacy organization. Their mission is to dismantle systemic racial inequities through collective organizing and intentional, purposeful engagement of Black parents and communities. Their advocacy efforts center on advocacy geared towards closing the opportunity gap. Forthcoming activities include more opportunities for college students to earn community service credit as research assistants, and AAERO interns. Summer internships are being offered to students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. AAERO volunteers are eligible to receive AAERO Memorial Awards. Formal partnerships are being developed to foster collaboration and optimize the impact of our organizations. A fund is being established to provide stipends for college students who would otherwise not be able to afford unpaid internships. We are documenting the processes and elements of effective programs, such as PAAC, for replication in more communities.

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