317 South 4th Street, Suite 289 - La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 - 608-519-2367

IRS Federal Tax Exempt No. 870722089 - Wisconsin Tax Exempt No. 049955 - Minnesota Tax Exempt No. 8368073


African American Mutual Assistance Network, Inc.

Multi-cultural Exposure to Corporate America - M.E.C.A. Program

The MECA Advantage:


In an increasingly competitive marketplace businesses cannot afford to carry any additional weight that doesn't help them to succeed. So how does having a diverse workforce further a company's goals?


A diverse workforce can provide tangible benefits to a company besides just fulfilling legal compliance and good faith efforts. In fact, as markets expand nationally and globally being able to understand and reach out to the individual needs of people from other cultures and regions will be paramount. A multicultural, talented, and trained employee base gives companies that key advantage. Innovation is the source to your company's future, and diversity is the foundation. Future leading companies and employers are looking for diverse employees today and now with your participation, you can look to AAMAN's MECA Program to place them.


Early identification, internships and ongoing leadership development create the long-term relationships vital to recruiting and retaining talented student interns and candidates. La Crosse's innovative nonprofit; AAMAN, creates and recruits talented students and adults from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds and prepares them to excel in corporate careers and community involvement. You can rely on AAMAN to find, place, mentor and develop the best student interns and candidates, transforming them into future frontrunners with established business competencies, proven leadership abilities and civic responsibilities. The MECA Program is also a valuable recruiting and retention tool used by Universities and colleges to diversify their faculty, staff and student body.


AAMAN's unique, innovative approach to early identification of diverse talent focuses on its Next Step - STEM Program. "The Next Step - STEM Discovery Programs" seeks 10th, 11th and 12th Grade High School minority: (African-American, Asian-American, Hmong, Mexican-American, Native-American, Native Pacific Islanders), and any at-risk students or students underrepresented in Higher Education and in the workforce and who are making satisfactory progress towards high school graduation.

"The Next Step - STEM Discovery Programs" are youth programs designed to increase the probability that these students and individuals ultimately succeed in obtaining an AA or BA Degree in their chosen field of study and/or receive gainful employment. In addition, the STEM Discovery Program: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, in short, is a one-week residential program at UW-Platteville, allowing students to experience science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in action. The program is during the week of July 23rd - July 29th, 2018. During this unique summer program, participants will interact with UW-Platteville faculty, staff, and student mentors, as well as their college-bound peers.

The Next Step - STEM Discovery Program meets once a week for 10-weeks begining in May of each year. In a relaxed setting, a small group of students and adults will explore careers and fields of interest, sharing a meal with a diverse ethnic group of professionals. These career role models will share information on their backgrounds and career fields, inspiring the participants to explore their academic and career curiosities. During the 10-week program participants will be:

- Exposed to career and college resources for high school students, which allows us to identify

talented individuals sooner and begin developing them earlier;

- Added to our pool of ethnic diverse candidates;

- In leadership development, which combines internships and year-round, comprehensive training to

deliver the experiential and educational training college students need to enter and lead in the

business world; and continual mentoring, using a wide array of resources and career guides, to

smooth the transition to the corporate environment for new graduates and fuel career leadership


- Eligible for Scholarships for the months of June, July and August as interns.


MECA Eligibility Requirements:

Participants must be a individual from an under-represented group who is currently enrolled in or has been accepted into an accredited high school, college, graduate or medical school pursuing a certificate, diploma in good academic standing or an adult entering or returning to the workforce.

- They must be at least 16 years old.

- They must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have appropriate work authorization.


Your investment for Student Internships are:

- $1,000.00 per-month for the summer months of June, July and August for each intern.

- Providing summer internships at your location(s).

- Providing possible employment of interns successfully completing their Internship.


Your investment for Underrepresented Diverse Candidates are:

- Provide training and employment opportunities for adult MECA Participants.


Diversity recruitment is one of the hottest topics in corporate America today. The latest census results firmly established that the ethnic make-up of the U.S. is changing at a rate faster than anyone has anticipated and La Crosse is no exception. Corporate America is already aware of the changing demographics; in fact many corporate front-runners established diversity initiatives back in the mid-90s. More than a decade later, the bottom-line results have not been measured in dollars, but rather in the demographics of women and minority recruitment, retention and supplier diversity.


A diverse workforce enhances:


- Connection with the customer: The needs of diverse customers need to be understood

Employee motivation: Employees maintain productivity when they are treated with dignity and


- Employee innovation: A work environment open to diversity remains flexible and favorable to

employee innovation.

- Employee recruitment and retention: A workplace that emphasizes interest and concern for its

employees as people first is able to attract a higher-quality workforce.



To date AAMAN has Partnered with the following Corporations, Universities and Colleges:


La Crosse County. Currnt Openings.

Ashley Furniture

Columbia College Chicago

J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.

Marquette University

University Wisconsin-La Crosse


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