AALA is a year-long training cohort program that addresses the personal, cultural, civic and professional needs of emerging African American leaders in Portland. Through the Academy, Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) works to build a group of transformative African American leaders who hold a lifelong commitment to fighting for racial justice and creating lasting change in the African American community. 

Through training, fellowship, mentorship and project-based learning, participants spend twelve months, exploring what it means to be a transformative Black leader rooted in a historical context of the African Diasporic experience. They also gain the specific skills necessary to actualize this concept in the everyday work they are doing in the community.

For more information, visit the African American Leadership Academy (AALA) website.