NCAAWA is dedicated to providing a support network through education, health awareness, and life skills programs for women and girls in San Diego North County to increase their self-sufficiency.
I am extremely grateful and honored to step into the role of acting President of the North County African American Women’s Association. As I move into this position, I am following a long tradition of extraordinary women who have served this organization and developed it into what you see before you today.
I owe a huge amount of gratitude to the founders of this organization and the board of directors for their dedication and servant leadership. We, collectively, are a vibrant community of like-minded individuals all committed to serving women and girls. We are rooted in the mission of providing a support network through education, health awareness, and life-skills to increase self-sufficiency.
Let’s walk into this new year with excitement and ignite others to join us as we focus on the fundamentals, enjoy what we do, and empower everyone to become more!
We support our mission through our Women's Conference for teens and adults, community activities, networking events, and fundraising events, including the Author's Garden Party and our annual Gentlemen's Gourmet where proceeds support our annual Scholarship Awards. These scholarships are given to students wishing to further their education at a community college, four-year college, in a graduate course of study, trade, ROP or technical school. We are also very active within the North San Diego County community and support other local charities and organizations.
Our biggest fundraising event of the year is our Annual Gentlemen's Gourmet. Each year, a decorative and fun theme is selected, and gentlemen register to see who will be the "king of the kitchen" with their own signature dish. Attendees vote on different meals in varying categories between amateur and professional chefs. Dozens of awards are given to these talented gentlemen for the delectable eats, but more important, our event draws in the much needed funds that help our community thrive.
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.
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