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We Believe

ONE AFRICA
ONE COMMUNITY
ONE FLORIDA

African highly-skilled volunteers from all across the State

VISION

We envision a Florida community where US Citizens and Permanent Residents, primarily composed of African immigrants and their descendants across national origin, tribes, and language have proper access to resources and are actively engaged in civic growth, cultural awareness and sustainable capacity building.

MISSION

We call this our 4 Pillars

1. INTEGRATION: Help the African diaspora integrate
2. ADVOCATE: Advocate for economic, social, health, cultural and educational prosperity
3. AWARENESS: Create visibility through cultural and impact campaigns
4. COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP: Develop strong cross-cultural leaders and good citizens where they live and work

ABOUT US

The African Leaders Council (ALC) is a Florida 501(c)3 nonprofit established in 2015 to serve US Citizens and Permanent Residents who are African immigrants and descendants of African immigrants by improving their quality of life. We help individuals all over Florida through social, health, education, cultural and economic programs such as workshops, community outreach, and conferences. Every year during September, we loudly and proudly, celebrate the contributions and positive impacts our community has accomplished throughout the state of Florida.
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We represent all regions of Africa(North, South, East, West & Africa Islands). We are diverse and building teams all over Florida to participate and contribute to their local district, civic and community activities and programs.


WHO WE ARE

VISION

We envision a Florida community where US Citizens and Permanent Residents, primarily composed of African immigrants and their descendants across national origin, tribes, and language have proper access to resources and are actively engaged in civic growth, cultural awareness and sustainable capacity building. 

MISSION

Our mission is to help create awareness and foster integration and prosperity in the African diaspora through impactful cultural connections, development of strong community leadership and education in economic, social, health, cultural and educational advocacy. 

Our Mission is broken down into outlines which we call our 4 Pillars:

INTEGRATION: Help the African diaspora integrate
ADVOCATE: Advocate for economic, social, health, cultural and educational prosperity.
AWARENESS: Create visibility through cultural and impact campaigns
COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP: Develop strong cross-cultural leaders and good citizens where they live and work.

AUSTIN'S STORY AND THE FORMATION OF AFRICAN LEADERS COUNCIL (ALC)

I had the opportunity to come to the United States as an immigrant in 2009. Like many immigrants, I was faced with some challenges. Back in Nigeria, I studied Computer Engineering; however, I couldn’t immediately get into the workforce because I had no US experience event though I had a lot of work experience back in Nigeria. To face this challenge, I had to get a student loan with my brother risking it all as co-signer. I enrolled in an IT training school to learn what I knew already and while doing that, I offered to be an unpaid intern and helped with some school projects and external projects they had with the military. I used this to build my resume to land my first contract job at the University of Central Florida technology department. My previous exposure to the English language and my technology background made it a little easier to get started.

After leaving the University of Central Florida technology department, I got a job as an enterprise Storage support engineer, where I got to support corporations on a global scale. I also got to provide technology support work in the education software, healthcare and civil engineering industries.

While I had my work-life going, I also was having encounters with fellow African immigrants from all over the Continent and I never lost the opportunity to learn about their immigrant story and participate in their community activities while getting them also to collaborate with me for a better quality of life here in the state of Florida. While our immigrant stories were slightly different, like I didn’t have to learn English like some had to do because they are from a none English-speaking country, we all had a common experience of being under-served or not served at all with resources to foster integration and build prosperity. We started connecting socially while at the same time, i was learning very fast about the systems and opportunities in the United States that could solve these challenges that we face daily.

We have challenges like available financial resources that are needful for successful integration not being readily accessible to the African immigrant community. Advertised information about government programs to help achieve the American dream but nothing to help us readily access them. Due to my passion of leveling the playing field, many African Immigrants have reached out to me with their questions not only about the issues aforementioned but about others they face in trying to integrate into the American culture. Things like education, legal, business, family, health, etc. I would help them out the best I could with the information I have but this helped a few and the rest couldn’t find resources and support tailored to meet their pain-points and hence gave up. At this point I had to create something outside of my individual effort and because there were no other entities/organizations that completely focused on helping skilled African immigrants integrate and prosper here in Florida. In 2013 I began engaging the community about a broader and more focused platform to face our challenges. In 2015, the African Leaders Council was formed to put more emphasis and effort towards resolving these issues faced by African immigrants in Florida.

How We Got Started
Since we began this work, ALC has put together multiple community events, engagements, collaborations and discussions with programs focused on key issues, such as education, career and job opportunities, Business Development, Immigration, Community involvement, and many other activities regularly reaching individuals in the local community.

ALC advocates for the entire African Immigrant Community – across national origin, tribes, and language – to ensure continuous improvement to immigrants’ quality of life. 

Our Core Values

Our Core Values Commitment is the foundation of all that we do. ALC upholds the following core values


Service

We believe in giving back our expertise, resources and connections, working together across boundaries to meet the needs of our community and to help ALC win.

Focus

We focus on accessing and improving what the great State of Florida and the United States has available for us to prosper, build strong communities and achieve the American dream.

Change

We believe in urgent action, innovation, and the necessity of transformation—within the community we serve. We embrace continuous improvement, bold creativity, and change.

Diversity

We know that by embracing differences, actively including a variety of voices, and joining together we can solve the world’s most complex problems.

Equality

We believe in the equal value of every human being and the importance of respecting and honoring each individual; we know that change happens through people

Integrity

We are accountable to the people and partners we humbly serve, transparently sharing our results, stories and lessons.

Leadership

We challenge each other to strive for excellence, take responsibilities, continually learn and be good citizens in the communities in which we live and work.

Neutrality

In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, ALC may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political or religious nature as we carefully separate them from our mission.

Heritage

We honor our heritage by being socially, financially, and environmentally responsible, being good stewards of a culture of warmth and belonging, where everyone is welcome.

OUR WORK

We advocate and build capacity in the African immigrant demography through social, health, education, cultural and economic programs such as industry workshops, community outreaches, conferences and more activities reaching individuals all over Florida.

African Heritage Month

With a focus on social, educational, health, cultural and economic impact, the African Leaders Council hosts a major fundraising event each year. The purpose of this event is to celebrate our collective accomplishments, recognize our community champions, and cast the vision for our next year of advocacy work. In addition, African Heritage Month is part of our public awareness campaign. In all of this, we celebrate loud and proud, the positive impact of African people in Florida and honor our contributions.  

Back To School Picnic

This is our unique approach to the usual school supplies. We have added a schorlaship seed fund component to jump-start parents into securing their kids’ college cost. The fund is written in the kids name and we connect the parents with a college-savings company to open an account and continue investing in their kid’s college. It is an annual picnic for Africans, their kids and the central Florida community.

HOTO: fun-filled event with games, food, music and connecting with new people from all over Africa and the community at large. 

Workshops

ALC hosts both virtual and in-person workshops focused on social, educational, health, cultural and economic issues. Educating and providing resource access to our constituents in these areas is part of our core mission. 

PHOTO: Immigration Workshop at Webster University Orlando

Florida African Conference

The Florida African Conference (FACON) is part of our community engagement, outreach, training and partnership programming. We create forums for Immigration, Personal Finance and Entrepreneurial Development, Workforce and Career Development, Healthcare and College Students Engagement.

PHOTO: US Representative Val Demings as keynote speaker

Town Halls

With a focus on social, educational, health, cultural and economic impact, the African Leaders Council hosts our "Africa Meets" town hall to discuss needs and challenges in the community. We bring decision makers to engage with the community and get valuable feedback on how to approach the unique needs of our community.

PHOTO: Africa Meets Town Hall.  

Leadership Training

We have regular training and development of our staff and volunteers to build strong community leaders as well as constantly improving the quality of service we provide to our constituents.

PHOTO: Volunteer training event.


COVID-19 Response

In response to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. African Leaders Council had a series of online health education with our community frontline health professionals sharing what was happening and giving recautionary advice to our community. ALC also led a community vaccination drive to protect our community from the ravaging virus.

Business Development

ALC is in the forefront of promoting new businesses in our community and advocating for more access and opportunities for them to thrive and prosper.

PHOTO: Business Grand Opening with ribbon cutting by the Mayor of the City of Sanford.

Donors & Supporters

Over the years we have received donations and support from organizations and the community to execute our programs. As we increase our programming to meet more needs and challenges, we are very open to more donor partners to substantially accomplish our mission.

US Representative Val Demings -
US Representative Daren Soto -
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings -
Sanford City Mayor Art Woodruff -
Orange County Commissioner Emily Bonilla -
Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill -
Liberia Organization of Florida -
Nigerian Association of Nurses Florida -
Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce of Florida -
Orlando Center for Justice -


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Austin Okai

Western Africa

Matilda Lucas

Southern Africa

Yves Bouele

Central Africa

Sylvia Mbabazi

East Africa

TEAM

Esther Torres

Secretary

Ann Bayode

Chief Financial Officer

Elie Akotia

Heritage Gala Chair

Patricia Conteh-Morgan

Florida Liberian Community President

EVENTS

Upcoming events

ZAIDI AFRICA - End Of Year Cultural Showcase

06:00pm Saturday, December 18, 2021

Orlando Garden Club 

710 E Rollins St Orlando, FL 32803

ZAIDI AFRICA is an African performing arts and cuisine showcase. We celebrate life through out the year and look beyond to an amazing future. Our theme for this end-of-year showcase is "Rising Beyond Limitations"        Become A Sponsor

WANNA HELP OUT?
Do you want to help out with planning and executing this amazing cultural display and Dinner event? Do you want to be a part of giving guests a great welcome and experience? Use the link below to volunteer.
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PAST events

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Community COVID-19 Vaccination Event

5:00pn Saturday, December 18, 2021

Orlando Garden Club

710 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803

Wanna Help Out?
Do you want to help event crew make things run smoothly? We need such help as well as making sure all guests are properly guided and fill comfortable. use the link below to volunteer.
VOLUNTEER

BBQ/Back2School Picnic

Sunday, August 11, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Barnett Park | Pavilion 3


4801 W. Colonial Dr, Orlando, Fl 32808

Great time in the outdoors with family, community and friends.

This is our annual picnic for Africans, their kids and the central Florida community. This year we are focusing on setting a bright educational future for our kids. We will give out scholarships, provide access to family and educational resources.

It will be a fun-filled event with games, food, music and connecting with new people from all over Africa and the community at large. 

5th Annual African Heritage Month Gala

Saturday, September 21, 2019  | 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Orlando Garden Club


710 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803

African Leaders Council Inc. is proud to host Central Florida community to its African Heritage Gala, a spectacular heritage and cultural event to celebrate the African Heritage Month. It is the climax of all events for the month of September and it is an opportunity to bring together community leaders, entrepreneurs, government officials and the African community to share our culture, foster collaboration and create a shining path for Orlando, Orange County and Florida community at large.

We are having the event in Orange County District 5 and we glad to have Commissioner Emily Bonilla of Orange County District 5 as our special host.

Our Keynote speaker is Honorable Jerry L. Demings, Oramge County Mayor.

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