About AACSA

The African American Community Service Agency (AACSA) is one of the only African American cultural centers in the Silicon Valley. Our mission: providing quality educational, cultural, social and recreational programs, services and activities in order to perpetuate and strengthen African American identity, culture, values, traditions, knowledge and family life-is at the heart of all programs. AACSA's membership is open to everyone, regardless of race, religion, age or disability. The Agency's diverse activities and services offer a natural gateway to African American life.

On November 26, l978, at the Antioch Baptist Church, 268 East Julian Street in San Jose, California, twelve individuals gathered to establish the Afro-American Community Service Agency. We, the African-American Community, thank you for planting the seed and we the African American Community will nurture the seed so that it will continue to grow.

Founders

Mr. Chuck Alexander
Mr. Willie Bell
Mr. Henry Gage, Sr.
Mr. Louis C. Gibson
Mr. Bob Hale
Ms. Inez C. Jackson
Mr. Charles E. Lyons
Ms. Jackie Penn
Rev. M. Samuel Pinkston, Ph.D
Mr. Ed Sims
Mr. Wester Sweet, Attorney
Ms. Charlene Young, Ph.D

Mission

It is the mission of the African American Community Service Agency to preserve the dignity and culture of a diverse African American Community and to provide services that promote full participation of all of Santa Clara County and the general society.

Leadership

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Milan R. Balinton
Acting Executive Director
executive_director@sjaacsa.org 
408-292-3157 

Although not always wrapped within the shiny gates of triumph, Milan Ray Balinton epitomizes what the road to success often entails. Forcing himself past the hurdle of living with a learning disorder, traversing beyond his start in the impoverished Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco, and lifting the barrier presented to him as an African-American young man, Mr. Balinton has conversely shaken the community with his resounding presence and has ventured on to become a highly sought after asset within the African-American community.

During his early years, Mr. Balinton was introduced to the NAACP organization by his grandmother who took him by the hand, urging him to “give back to the community, for many have sacrificed so that we could be free, and you must do the same.” These words, which planted a continual reminder, were often what he re-visited and used to overcome the obstacles set before him along his endeavor.

For over 15 years, Mr. Balinton has diligently served the community within various capacities which landed him innumerable leadership and committee representative appointments.

Since graduating from San Jose State University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications, Mr. Balinton has continued to devote ample time to service while completing the Executive Master's in Public Administration program at Golden Gate University, in San Francisco, CA. Milan has served in several leadership roles, including, but not limited to: Past Alumni Board of Directors, for the Western Region, Past President of the San Jose Alumni Chapter, current Advisor of the Delta Rho Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., member of the 100 Black Men Silicon Valley Chapter; Past President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council- Santa Clara Valley Chapter, mentor for the Tiger Woods Foundation, member of the Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet,  National Forum Black Public Administrators, member of Maranatha Christian Center, the new SJSU Black Alumni Network, Lions International, CEO of Rise and Shine Consulting LLC and currently the Executive Director of the African American Community Service Agency, to name a few. 

Milan R. Balinton is the voice of triumph for those who are often left unheard while facing defeat. People living with disabilities, students, seniors, and the very least of them appreciate the once young boy who made a decision to heed his grandmother's words of wisdom not knowing that years later those same words would be what has single-handedly changed his life as he continues to pay it forward.

Achievements to Mention:

  • Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Community Based Organizations/Leaders

  • City of San Jose Commemoration for Juneteenth Celebration

  • Commendation for Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration

  • Man of the Year of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Silicon Valley

  • Flame Keepers Award, Milpitas Black Caucus and Flame Keepers Committee

  • 2014 The Western Province of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Robert L. Harris, Esq. Province Polemarch Award

  • 2014 Living Legends Award, Present to by the Caesar Chavez Community Action Center, SJSU

  • 2014 Golden Rule International Award

  • 2014 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rise and Shine Consulting, LLC.

  • 2015 Alumni of the Year, San Jose State University (Student Involvement) Greek Community, and many more

  • 2016 Outstanding Alumni Award - SJSU Department of Communication Studies

  • 2016 - EBONY Power 100 People’s Choice Award

Board of Directors

Natisha Holloway | Chair | board_chair@sjaacsa.org
Natisha L. Holloway is a member of the AACSA Board of Directors and Co-Chair of Youth and Young Adults Committee. Although Natisha is a native of San Francisco she has spent countless summers in San Jose with her great grandmother Inez C. Jackson and grew up in the summer programs of the AACSA. Natisha remembers the countless hours of service her great grandmother gave to her community, and the knowledge she instilled in all her children that "You can never give too little, sometimes a little is a lot".

Kenyatta Yarn | Vice Chair  | kyarn@sjaacsa.org
Kenyatta Renee Yarn is a member of the African American Community Service Agency Board. She is a current student of San Jose State University majoring in Behavioral Sciences. She began working with the AACSA as a volunteer throughout the week which eventually lead to her student ambassador role for SJSU. Kenyatta also successfully served the community in the annual 2014 Juneteenth Festival, as the Youth Arena Coordinator.

Kathy Love-Stokes | Secretary & Membership Chair | board_secretary@sjaacsa.org
Kathy is a member of the AACSA Board of Directors. She is a graduate of Golden Gate University (GGU) Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) with a concentration in Management, and Master of Science (M.S.) in Database Development and Administration. Kathy is a member of Jubilee Christian Center, sings in the Choir, and dances with the Praise Dance Ministry.  In addition, she is the President of the North Valley Council (NVC) Parent Teacher's Association (PTA), and Chair for the Berryessa District Advisory Committee (BDAC).


Walter Wilson | Member | wwilson@sjaacsa.org
Walter Wilson is a member of the AACSA Board of Directors. In addition to Parlamentarian, he is also responsible for Program Development. He has recently worked with the Executive Director on the improving the current AACSA building and generatiing new resources to assist in the facilities upgrades. He just completed the Coordination of the 2009 Juneteenth Festival, the largest annual Cultural gathering in Santa clara county. He also heads up the "Project Management" of the African-American Cultural Center, a proposed mixed use development of housing, Community Center, retail which is an initiative of the Board of Directors of the AACSA, and the Antioch Housing and Economic Development Corporation.