African Youth & Community Organization

AYCO's mission is to settle the past, engage the present, and hope for the future.

Founded in 2009, African Youth & Community Organization (AYCO) is a culturally specific, community-based nonprofit organization led by and for the East African immigrant and refugee community in the Portland Metropolitan Area.

Ways We Can Help

AYCO strives to strengthen a sense of cultural identity within immigrant communities while also enhancing capacity toward integration and hope for the future.

  • Academic Support & Tutoring
  • Leadership Training
  • Athletic Programs
  • Mentorship
  • Field Trips
  • Environmental Literacy
  • Scholarships
  • ESL Classes
  • Parent Groups
  • Cultural Bridge Support
  • Help Navigating Healthcare & Insurance System
  • Help with Disability Resources & Challenges
  • Mental Health Support & Healing
  • Rental Assistance

Being a part of this wonderful organization and working with our dedicated team has meant so much. Every day we see how much AYCO is making a difference in the lives of our youth and community.

– Jamal Dar, Founder & Executive Director


Youth & Family Served