North County African American Women’s Association emerged on the scene with a clear mission as a result of state funding requiring a mentoring group of professional women organized to sponsor a conference for young girls and single/displaced homemakers looking to re-enter the workforce. These funds came through the Oceanside Unified School District in response to the California Department of Education, Carl Perkins Vocational and Occupational Act: Gender Equity Grant Program. Eleven women in the fall of 1995, the majority of whom were educators, took on the charge to provide support for the young and adult women after the conference by holding monthly meetings and developing a fundraising arm to become self-sustaining at the end of the two-year program.
Today, the North County African American Women’s Association (NCAAWA) mission has developed to become a support network that empowers young and adult women through educational advancement, health awareness and improvement in life skills. Maintaining its charitable, educational and recreational objectives, the organization, through its mission, has opened support to ALL women in San Diego North County, celebrating ethnic and racial pride. NCAAWA has developed a strong Board of Directors, with a multicultural membership of over 70 members and growing.