The Alliance for Opportunity and Development (AOD) is a 501(c)(3), Christian, non-profit organization established in January 2012. Our mission is to provide education and training opportunities for low-income families that reduce poverty. We currently serve the greater Huntsville, Alabama community and in 2017, we will be launching a new program in Tuskegee, AL. AOD has four flagship programs:
- "Learn and Earn" scholarships provide low-income adults the opportunity to learn new skills in vocational/technical training programs and then earn their way out of poverty. As of January 2017, AOD has 9 graduates since our inception working in new careers. Their accomplishments include moving out of subsidized housing, purchasing homes, purchasing reliable transportation, and continuing their education (sometimes with the help of employer provided tuition assistance). AOD also has four current students, including one who will graduate the practical nursing program in May 2017.
- "Imagination and Aspiration" scholarships provide science and technology summer camp experiences to children from low-income families. As of January 2017, AOD has sent 10 children to summer camps organized by the Space and Rocket Center, Sci-Quest, and Mindgear Labs.
- The annual AOD Community Career Fair targets jobseekers without degrees and connects them with local employers, educational institutions, and nonprofits. Our fifth annual career fair will be April 12, 2017 in Huntsville at the Jaycee Community Building.
- True Careers Workshops are new for 2017. These career readiness workshops will be offered to 7th-12th grade youth and their parents/guardians in Tuskegee, AL. This program will be administered by board member Jeff Coggin who is permanently based in the Auburn, AL area.
Read more about our programs, scholarship recipients, success stories, and news on this site. Consider supporting us with funds, volunteer effort, and prayer. The AOD board funds all administrative costs so that 100% of your donation is applied to programs. Thanks for visiting!