Welcome to the North County African American Women’s Association!

The North County African American Women’s Association (NCAAWA) is an all inclusive non-profit, 501(c)(3)volunteer organization located in North San Diego County.

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A Message from our President


Our mission is our story.  It all began in 1995 with eleven caring women from the Oceanside area who inspired others, one person at a time, to join them in celebrating a wide range of cultural differences through focusing on the many cultural similarities. Since that time, NCAAWA has recruited people from every part of Oceanside and beyond who regularly inspire myriads of men and women to bring their dreams and aspirations to our meetings so that our organization can capture new visions for the benefit of the community at large. We have learned that although all of us experience life independently, we all aspire many of the same ideals. I’m proud to say that we welcome our friends and new neighbors with warm and caring hearts just like our founding mothers did 20 years ago. Today we are living testimonials of their vision to provide support to women of all ages through education, to bring a greater awareness of good health, and to enhance ourselves through stimulating programs.  This year we will do even more to bring as many ethnic and cultural groups together to unite in our richly diverse lifestyles. Come join us. Everyone is welcome!

Robbie Calderon-Hass

President, North County African American Women’s Association



The NCAAWA is an all inclusive organization with the mission to provide a support network through education, health awareness, and life skills programs for women and girls in San Diego North County! We invite you to join our organization! Membership with the NCAAWA is open to people of all ages who live in the North San Diego County and surrounding areas who wish to participate actively in the mission and objectives of the organization.

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 Our November meeting will be held on the 3rd Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 at the MiraCosta

Community Learning Center, 1831 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92058        6:00 P.M.


The location of the December gathering,  TBD.


Gentlemen’s Gourmet 2015

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Billie Holiday Original Chalk Pastel by Trish Vernazza for Charity


This original art portrait of Billie Holiday was auctioned for Charity for the Gentlemen’s Gourmet Scholarship Fundraiser on October 24, 2015.

The Gentlemen’s Gourmet is an annual scholarship fundraiser held by  North County African American Women’s Association (NCAAWA) to raise scholarships for women and girls in Northern San Diego County who are pursuing their education. We greatly appreciate your support. For more information, please visit ncaawa.org.

Billie Holiday 

2015 Gentlemen’s Gourmet Scholarship Fundraiser

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This year NCAAWA celebrated our 19th Annual Gentlemen’s Gourmet. Our Scholarship Fundraiser was themed Harlem Nights: A Tribute to the Harlem Renaissance.The event was chaired by Carole Boyce and co-chaired by Linda Simpkins Berry.

Over 30 amateur and professional chefs shared their delectable cuisines. More than 300 guests sampled a variety of foods and voted for the “People’s Choice”.

We were delighted to have the MOJO Jazz Combo under the direction of Steve Torok from MiraCosta College. The guest vocalist was Matt Falker.

We also enjoyed Michal Gabb and Tap Dancers from The Next Level Dance Company, Laguna Niguel.

A reading was presented by 4 members of NCAAWA citing many works of literature from the Harlem Renaissance era.

We danced the night away with DJ Brian Matthews.

Our backdrop was created by students at Ocean Shores High School. Member Trish Vernazza directed the overall decorations and the transformation of St. Margaret’s Hall into the infamous Cotton Club of the 1930′s.

Many student volunteers helped throughout the evening. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this evening a success especially our wonderful chefs, sponsors, donors, and guests.

Hass Team Realty, American Cancer Society, Omni Behavioral Health, Vista Community Clinic,Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Oceanside, MES Swacker Foundation Harmony Health, Yummy Cupcakes


The NCAAWA has successfully launched our "Becoming A Global Citizen" Mentoring Program. Our mentoring program was created to empower young women to make positive choices, increase their self esteem, and to teach them life skills essential for development into young womanhood.

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 Our "Becoming A Global Citizen"program at King Middle School is for eighth grade girls.  Learn more about our Mentoring Program and read testimonials from some of our past participants here


The NCAAWA Scholarship Program was created to assist African American female members of the community desirous of acquiring higher education from an academic institution, i.e., four-year college, community college, ROP or trade school.


   Sierra Andino Wilson, Marie-Jules Byrd, Amanda Dixon  , Danielle Gambrell, Destiny Girley, Susan Hassan, Wisdom Sierra Hill, Mallory Howard, Kathryn Pearl Jackson , Bailey Morgan, Jonea Parks, Sydney Pettaway, Simone Slater, Naa-Adoley Swaniker, Tessa White, April Williams, RaShawna Williams

Scholarship Recipients were honored May 28, 2015.  Read more here 2015 Scholarship Awards


Scholarship Application

Application Period: January 1 to March 31. Completed application packet must be postmarked no later than March 31st to be considered.


Women’s Conference

The 1st NCAAWA Women’s Conference was held April 18, 1996 and grew out of a need to provide mentors for women in ROP and job entry programs. Since 2005, our conferences have successfully maintained our commitment to support multicultural and inter-generational women. The mission of the NCAAWA provides the foundation for conference programming, i.e., seminars and workshops that educate and inspire, address health as well as life and career skills.


2016 Conference

Saturday, April 30,2016

California Center for the Arts

340 N Escondido Blvd.

Escondido, CA 92025

More information coming soon!

Past Conferences

Learn more about our Women's Conference and view our past conferences

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2015 Gentlemen’s Gourmet Scholarship Fundraiser

This year NCAAWA celebrated our 19th Annual Gentlemen’s Gourmet. Our Scholarship Fundraiser was themed Harlem Nights: A Tribute to the Harlem Renaissance. Over 30 amateur and professional chefs shared their delectable cuisines. Over 300 guests sampled a variety of foods and voted for the “People’s Choice”. We were delighted to have the MOJO Jazz Combo [...]

Robbie & Keith Hass

Jonathan Green Opening Night Reception

The NCAAWA had the pleasure of attending the opening night reception for the internationally acclaimed artists Jonathan Green  at the SDSU Downtown gallery. This event was hosted by the  San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art. The Jonathan Green Art Collection will be on display from August 13, 2015 to October 18, 2015.   For [...]