About ABJ

ABJ Community Services, Inc is a youth and family centered organization rooted in creativity and innovation. ABJ focuses largely on the arts as a tool to stimulate economic growth for the organization and greater community. One of our primary goals is to demonstrate how the arts and social services can be integrated and utilized as an effective and innovative power engine that elevate youth and adults from a range of social and economic disparities.

Our Mission

Annie B. Jones Community Services, Inc. (ABJ) is a youth-focused institute of high-end arts, culture, and training.  ABJ utilizes the visual, media, and performing arts to create innovative programs that teach youth to become change agents in their own community.

Vision

We envision a world in which a ray of Peace and Hope exists because of art.

History

Annie B. Jones Community Services, Inc. (aka ABJ) was incorporated on April 14, 1993.  Since that time, ABJ has provided comprehensive life changing services to more than 5,000 individuals and families annually.

Under the leadership of one of today’s most prophetic leaders, Dr. Vivian R. Jones (Founder/President Emeritus), ABJ has become an example of the importance in providing integrated, diversified social services by providing services that meet the client where they are and helping them to move forward towards their goals.

Leadership Team

Pastor Victoria C. Brady, President/CEO

Maxine Horton, Coordinator Workforce Development

Deborah Ross, Director of Arts and Education

Cedrick “SB” Earsery, Arts Development Manager

Jessica “Jeza” Wagner, Administrative Assistant Arts Development

Lauritz Brady, Director of Facilities

Dr. Vivian R. Jones, Founder/President Emeritus

Board of Directors

Representative William Q. Davis, Chairman
Illinois State Representative – 30th District

Zackery Melson, Vice Chairman
The Copeland Insurance Group

Shirley Chappell, Treasurer
Retired – City Colleges of Chicago

Chiquita Lowery, Director
Railroad Retirement Board