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Contact Paula Friedman as follows:

Michaelian Office Building
148 Martine Avenue, 9th Floor
White Plains, NY 10601

Tel.:    (914) 995-2940


The African American Advisory Board engaged in very deliberate and focused research of four areas affecting the quality of life of African Americans in Westchester County. These areas of focus included: economic development, education, Health and human services and housing. This document represents findings resulting from a series of focus groups and a culminating Summit. This report reflects recommendations and solutions for concerns raised in the aforementioned areas. Blueprint for Change

One outstanding scholarship is the Jandon Scholarship program, run by the private Jandon Foundation and the Westchester Board of Legislators. It provides college scholarships for low-income students with academic promise.

Locate organizations from the list below that provide assistance to the African American community and also serve as excellent community and historical resources on a wide range of topics - from health to business to the arts to public policy.

A Better Chance
The preeminent resource for identifying, recruiting and developing leaders among young people of color in the United States.

The African-American Mosaic
A Library of Congress resource guide for the study of black history & culture.

American Cancer Society
A nationwide community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

American Diabetes Association
Approximately 2.8 million or 13 percent of all African Americans have diabetes.  This organization has developed a community-based program to address the challenge of diabetes among African Americans.

American Heart Association
Heart disease is a leading cause of death for African Americans.  This website provides information on how to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and live a healthier lifestyle.

American Lung Association
ALA today fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health.

Black Collegian
The Black Collegian provides a myriad of career resources including job search strategies, graduate school opportunities and career and industry reports.

Black Enterprise Magazine
Black Enterprise is the authority for business and trends and is the source of information for and about African American business markets and its leaders.

Black Planet.com
The largest online community for African Americans. Your online source for African American news, community, technology, culture, music, entertainment and more.

Black Voices.com
Portal offers chat clubs, member searches, Afro-centric greeting cards, member photos, and other services.

Congressional Black Caucus
CBC's founding members' vision to "promote the public welfare through legislation designed to meet the needs of millions of neglected citizens," continues as a beacon and focal point for the legislative work and political activities of the Congressional Black Caucus today.

Human Rights Commission 
The Human Rights Commission works to ensure that Westchester County remains a place where bigotry, prejudice, and discrimination are not tolerated.

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Improving the lives of African Americans and Other Communities of Color by expanding their participation in the areas of politics and public policy.

Formed in 1909, by a multiracial group of progressive thinkers, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization.

National Urban League
The Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
A research center of the New York Public Library, the Schomburg is devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.

Small Business Administration
SBA is an independent agency of the federal government that aids, counsels, assist and protects the interests of small business concerns.

Teachers Certification Degrees - Teacher Tools - Lessons, Activities and Information for Teaching Black History
The resources listed on this Web site provide information, lessons and activities that will help educators bring Black History into the classroom, not just in February, but year round.

United Negro College Fund
The United Negro College Fund is the nation's oldest and most successful minority higher education assistance organization.

Office of Minority Health, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
The mission of the OMH is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities.


When it comes to small business, Westchester County is committed to creating a level playing field and helping everyone succeed. That’s why we have an outreach program specifically promoting minority- and women-owned business participation in Westchester County. Networking organizations and business assistance programs are also available to help.

Membership/Networking Organizations
Provides useful contact information for networking while starting or running a business.

Minority- and Women-Owned Business ProgramOur program simplifies the government contract process. You’ll find various resources to help you start or grow your own business, and learn how to compete for contracts with county, state, and federal government agencies.

Employment and Job TrainingFree employment services are available at various locations around the county.

Starting a BusinessWhere to find the help you need to start your business, from technical assistance to learning where to get a loan.