Pulaski County Youth Services received $150,000 in grant funding from the City of Little Rock Department of Community Programs to continue after-school and summer programs that serve the John Barrow Corridor.
Since 2015, Second Baptist Church on John Barrow Road has been the site for these programs and serves youth who live in the 72204, 72205, 72210 and 72211 zip codes. This includes the Little Scholars Academy that serves youth ages 6-11 and the Youth Intervention and Prevention (YIP) programs that serve male and female youth ages 13-19.
These free, out-of-school programs focus on academic enrichment to bridge the educational gap and college readiness for kids of all ages. Activities include cultural enhancement, health and nutrition, physical fitness, challenges and choices, tutoring, anti-bullying education, service learning, mentoring, STEM, career development and leadership programs.
“It’s imperative that we continue to work to expand all our programs and establish new programs across Pulaski County,” said Youth Services Director, Jamie Scott. “I’m humbled and very excited about the renewal of three of our new after-school programs at Second Baptist. Our partnership with the City of Little Rock and Second Baptist has allowed us to reach many youth and families and has been a great success over the past year.”
Participating students will also have the opportunity to experience educational field trips, education and engagement in the fine arts, and leadership development activities and much more.
“My staff works very hard to provide quality programs,” Scott said. “We’ve put an incredible team together who is truly committed to helping our youth reach their full potential inside and outside the classroom. I’m proud of the work we’ve done so far and very excited about what is to come.”
For more information, call 501-340-8250 or visit our website.