Afro American Development Association (AADA) is a non-governmental, non-religious, non-partisan, non-profit 501 (C) 3 humanitarian organization.  Our values are anchored in the spirit of charity and the value of community empowerment.


AADA was established in 2014 when a small group of students attending Moorhead State University & Technical College and North Dakota State University, all from diverse cultural backgrounds, came together as New Americans living in the upper Midwest on the edge of the northern prairies.  Initially, the students formed a volunteer group named The Afro-American Student Association, and began to strategize how they could pool their knowledge and experiences as immigrants, or first-generation Americans, to improve the lives of their families and cultural communities.


Alleviate poverty by supporting vulnerable New Americans and other diverse communities by building the capacities of our families and communities through training, sustainable development, economic empowerment, conflict resolution & peace building.

The student volunteers observed that traditional means of helping immigrant families resettle fell short in many ways. They believed that traditional, mainstream community agencies and institutions needed new partners and mentors who were at the heart of the immigrant experience. Influencing change would start by going where immigrant families are, build on their strengths, and find alternative means of connection to overcome barriers.  

åçWith graduations, the group decided to organize and was approved as a 501 © 3 entitled Afro American Development Association. Since its’ inception, AADA ‘s primary aim has been to alleviate poverty by supporting vulnerable New American and other diverse communities. To this day, the foundation of AADA is strengthened through the sharing of ideas and information leading to attaining new skills that foster job opportunities, reduce dependency on government assistance, education, and contribute to greater economic growth and development throughout this region of Minnesota and North Dakota.