ACEDONE is a second phase community organization that utilizes education and leadership/organizing strategies to help families and the community achieve long-term success and economic stability. ACEDONE provides opportunities for African refugees and immigrants to adapt and succeed in their new environments. Our leadership development, civic engagement and community organizing strategies includes academic enrichment, family support services, job training, career counseling, and business development. Our programs benefit over 3,000 youth and adults annually.
ACEDONE’s mission is to support East African refugee and immigrant families in Boston to develop a self-sufficient and vital community by providing our youth with the education and life experience they need to reach their full potential as adult American citizens.
ACEDONE was founded in 2002 to support the growing number of East African immigrants, many escaping from war-torn countries, settling in greater Boston. Established by Abdulkadir Yassin Hussein, a young Somali who had come to the United States 38 years earlier and achieved a software engineering degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology and will earn Master of Public Policy from Tufts University for fall of 2019. Since our founding, we have become trusted fixture in the community, the organizing force and leading voice for East Africans in many areas of, education, economic, civic and cultural life. While its base is primarily in Boston, ACEDONE’s reach extends into neighboring communities of Boston, Roxbury, Dorchester, Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, and Quincy. ACEDONE has built on the type of natural networks and supports that immigrant communities organically create for themselves and is committed to continuing this culturally relevant, grassroots leadership and community building. ACEDONE has focused on student and parent support for these immigrants as they struggled with language, social and economic issues, and trying to understand the public schools in their new American environment. Our ongoing goal is to help African families residing in Greater Boston to access and build educational, cultural, social and economic resources that will help to break the cycle of despair they experienced in their native countries.
ACEDONE and our project partners serve an urban community: Boston’s immigrant and refugee youth and their families. We serve a youth population that faces significant challenges in achieving success and well-being: participants are new immigrants who speak little or no English and many have had little or no formal schooling. These youth struggle to keep up in American schools, and have little access to resources that will help them through this transition. Some of the families we serve live in shelters and others in very crowded apartments, taking the risk to allow young students to spend their after-school hours roaming the neighborhood streets. More than any other BPS population, ELL students are vulnerable to high school dropout and disengagement from higher education and careers. We are committed to providing East African students with the tools and resources they need, and building the capacity of parents and communities to advocate for themselves within the public school system.