Pulaski County Youth Services Director Jamie Scott
Pulaski County Youth Services Director Jamie Scott is a focused and driven leader with an incredible commitment to serving the next generation of leaders. Director Scott’s vision for Pulaski County Youth Services is to provide free, high quality programs and resources to youth and families in Pulaski County.
Director Scott joined Pulaski County Government as the Youth Services Director in 2015. Through her tenure, Director Scott has successfully secured numerous government and community grants for youth programs and juvenile transition services and creates innovative and outside-the-box programs and services that demand a higher level of performance and perspective for today’s youth. Prior to joining the Department of Youth Services, she worked for five years as the Director of Upward Bound Programs, where she undoubtedly bridged the gap from ambition to success.
Director Scott received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Sociology and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Arkansas State University. She has contributed her time to many organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, Junior League and Inspire The Vote. Jamie sits on the Board of Advisors for the Rock Program. She serves on the Arkansas Women’s Action for New Directions, Volunteers in Public Schools and AR Kids Board. Jamie has been spotlighted by The Stand Foundation for being an Outstanding Community Leader in Arkansas. Jamie was awarded the Chelle Luper Wilson Merit and Culture Award and the Graduate Good Citizen Award at the South Central Regional Conference.
Director Scott’s commitment, dedication, and strong work ethic has afforded her numerous appointments including Governor Mike Beebe’s selection to serve on Arkansas’s Legislative Task Force on Abused and Neglected Children and the Delta Regional Authority’s Executive Leadership Academy. Ms. Scott is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy Harvard School of Government Executive Education Authentic Leadership Program, the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, the Little Rock Chamber’s Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XVII, the Lead Arkansas Class XIII Leadership Program, and the distinguished Presidential Leadership Scholars Program hosted by the Clinton Foundation, George W. Bush Foundation, and Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation. She is a recipient of the 2018 Woman of the Year Award, 2017 Citizen of the Year Award from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Democratic Party of Arkansas’s 2017 Emerging Leader Award, the Bishop D.L. Lindsey Spirit of Excellence Community Award, the William H. Bowen School of Law’s GLO Award, and the Women of Excellence in Education Award, in addition to many others.
Quote from Jamie Scott
Director of Pulaski County Youth Services
My vision for the Department is simple: getting the youth of Pulaski County back to the root of what matters – family, education, and community. Our plan is to do so more deliberately, using outside-the-box resources that capture their attention: academic enrichment and intrusive advisement, cultural exchange, and college preparation. This will be done through the rapid expansion of new community and corporate partnerships, which increases our capacity to incorporate new and stronger areas of expertise. Through these steps our programs, which are data-driven and designed to target all Pulaski County youth, will continue to thrive and evolve.
One of the things I am very proud of is our ability to garner support in transitioning kids from the juvenile system into college students. I have been working with youth for well over 10 years, and the main commonality is that they want to feel like someone cares. We pride ourselves in doing just that – caring. I think it’s important that we create a culture for academic excellence, and civic responsibility. That’s why we are going into the incorporated and unincorporated areas within Pulaski County to create substantial and inclusive programs.
In changing the face of Youth Services, our new theme is ‘Passport to Success: A Stamp to Refueling Deferred Dreams.’ We want to help students tap into their potential and reach their final destination of success by completing high school, graduating from a college or trade school, and having the support systems in place to get them through life’s layovers.