An Array of Charm, "AAOC," was founded in January of 2004.
The program was designed to teach young girls through classes in etiquette, manners, and character to become tomorrow’s “young ladies.”
Since that time, our mission and programs have grown both in depth and scope. Our desire to dig deeper is grounded in our belief that every child can achieve his or her goals, despite their current circumstances.
Our unique approach involves healing the ills of cultural, economic, and educational poverty through gender-specific foundation training in etiquette, civility, and protocol. We understand that these are three universal languages that, once learned, empower our youth to transcend the social barriers they encounter because of their socioeconomic statuses. These languages simultaneously broaden the world they live in and narrow it, so that their life goals are no longer out of reach. These are languages that have been lost to many that live in the inner-city. This serves as the foundation for all of our programming, which also includes academic support, character education, and leadership training.
AAOC is poised to play our part in reversing the trend of inner-city youth who reach adulthood and are not equipped with the skills required to
be successful in life.
Since AAOC’s inception, we have been featured in the local media, both printed and televised for positive reasons that we are very proud of. We believe that our programs have been successful throughout the years because of our uniqueness and strong emphasis on social, life and academic skills for the youths in the community we serve. AAOC is aware that a large portion of the community we serve are under privileged and have been affected by the state of the economy and as such, in order to better serve our families, we have implemented financial assistance programs. With the help of food programs like CACFP and SFSP, we are able to feed our students nutritious dinners and snacks.
With the help of MDHA Summer Youth, our board members, and gracious donors, we have happily provided $225,000 in scholarships to over 100 children on a yearly basis.
Greg Blackmon, Site Director
Loretta Morris, Staff Member
Jasmine McCutcheon, Staff Member
LaQuita Branch, Staff Member
Ruth Collins, Staff Member
Antonio Watson, Staff Member
Alexandria Hawkins, Staff Member
Lakresha Parker, Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper
Briar Davis, Communications Coordinator
Tony Gardner, Lead Cook
Sherrece Miller, Custodian
Caroline Davis, CEO
G. Wayne Davis, Attorney/ Monitor for CACFP & SFSP
Delores Martinez, Spanish Interpreter/Teacher
Lawrence Thomison, Music Instructor
Kevin Walker, Martial Arts Instructor
Shondra Gibson, Yoga Instructor
Joyce Thompson, President/ Retired Principal
Lauran Cox, Secretary/Veterans Administration
Renee McDuffie, Treasurer/HCA
Shekinah Whitney, Paralegal
Shirley Davis, Grant Writer/Tennessee State University
Jazman Bowles, TN State Judicial Courts
Caroline Davis, Advisory Board Member/CEO/Founder
Janie Burton, Field Trip Facilitator
Tia Gordon, Digital Activities Coordinator
Anthony Cross, Entrepreneur