Pulaski County Youth Services Director Jamie Scott
Pulaski County Youth Services Director Jamie Scott leads an incredibly busy, but purposeful life with selflessness, energy, and passionate enthusiasm. As a native of North Little Rock, Arkansas, she has a unique connection to the region and an even greater connection to the next generation set to succeed her in the future. Her thought-provoking, eye-opening message of self-empowerment, leadership, and youth development has awakened the spirit of the leaders of tomorrow.
Ms. Scott has been changing the lives of troubled and at-risk youth for over 10 years. In 2015, Jamie joined Pulaski County Government as the Youth Services Director. Jamie has successfully secured numerous government and community grants for youth programs and juvenile transition services. She is a catalyst for change 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.
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.
Jamie is a graduate of the Little Rock Chamber’s Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXVII. Jamie was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe, to serve on the Legislative Task Force on Abused and Neglected Children, and the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy. In addition, to being appointed by Senator Joyce Elliott, to serve on the Arkansas Legislative Vision 2025 Commission on the Future of Higher Education. Most recently, Jamie was recognized as New Member of the Year, by the Junior League of Little Rock. She was also appointed by the South Central Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., to serve as the Connection Coordinator for Arkansas. Jamie is honored to have been selected to participate in the LeadAR Class XVII 2015-2016 leadership class and the 2015-2016 NOBEL Women Leadership Training, and Educational Development Institute Fellowship Class.
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.