The African American Regional Educational Alliances®

A Grassroots, Community-centric, Culturally-Relevant, and Responsive Approach to Educational Issues


The African American Regional Education Alliance® (AAREA®) is an initiative of the Choose College Educational Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose overall goal is to emerge, sustain, and grow a regional collaborative network that designs and implements innovative educational services targeting the needs of African American youth and their families in the Bay Area, by engaging in meaningful conversations and reviewing best practices for improving the academic success of African American students.

AAREA® is the culmination of many years of work to support educational achievement among African American students. It evolved from a partnership between the Southern Alameda County Alliance of African American Educators (SACAAAE), an affiliate of the California Alliance of African American Educators (CAAAE) and RTFisher & Associates to the Southern Alameda County Regional Educational Alliance (SACREA).

Both SACAAAE and SACREA made enormous contributions to Southern Alameda County’s African American community. But the need for services like these extends not only throughout all of Alameda County, but into the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. To this end, SACAAE and SACREA joined forces to form a new organization: AAREA®, the African American Regional Educational Alliances®.


Programs and Events

14th Annual African-American Student Achievement and Excellence Awards Online Nominations

We invite you to nominate and recognize outstanding African American youth in Alameda County for the African American Student Achievement & Excellence Awards. Students may be nominated by teachers, administrators, and community members. Read more

AAREA® 9th Annual Professional Development Summit – February 2-3 2018

Celebrating and Cultivating a Brilliant, Resilient, and Strong Educational Community: A Professional Development Summit on the Status of African American Education.
Join us as we connect, learn, and expand our thinking about how we can support African American students succeed on their path to college and beyond! Read more


Become a STEM STEPS 4.0 Family Today! Opportunities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are abound! African Americans MUST be positioned to take advantage of them! Read more

African American Student Achievement and Excellence Awards

The African American Student Achievement and Excellence Awards were created to encourage African American students and their families to strive and achieve.
The 14th Annual African American Student Achievement and Excellence Awards will take place on April 21st, 2018. Read more

STEM S.T.E.P.S. For Success

STEM Strategies to Empower and Prepare Students for Success (STEM S.T.E.P.S. for Success) is a collaborative approach to enhancing college eligibility rates of African American students through STEM education and support for students, educators, and families in Alameda County. Read more

Regional Parent Network Initiative

AAREA™ created the Regional Parent Network Initiative in order to eradicate the achievement gap by increasing the meaningful engagement of African American families in their children’s education. Read more

Pastors’ Leadership Breakfast

The purpose of AAREA™’s Pastors’ Leadership Breakfast is to link the faith-based community with the educational community. Read more
Donate To AAREA®
AAREA® cannot enhance the education of African American students and those that serve students without the help and support from the community. Please support our cause with an online donation in any amount. AAREA® is an initiative of the Choose College Educational Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3)and all donations are tax-deductible.