The Little Scholars Academy (ages 6-11) and The Youth Leadership Academy (ages 12-18) will replace the traditional PCYS Our Club after school and summer programs. In various sites around Pulaski County, free out-of- school time programs that focus on intrusive academic enrichment and advising with a focus on bridging the educational gap and college readiness for kids of all ages.
Vision 2025 is a new, innovative program for Pulaski County females, ages 11-19, that focuses on empowerment, leadership, mentoring, career preparation, entrepreneurship, community services, and intrusive academic enrichment and advising. Activities will include tutoring, college tours, leadership conferences, service-learning, ACT Prep, cultural enrichment activities, health and nutrition education, physical fitness, professional development workshops, self-esteem building opportunities, etiquette coaching dinners, college readiness workshops, and much more! Download the application.
The ACT Prep Program was initiated in the fall of 2006 to help Pulaski County students avoid remediation and improve their ACT scores. This program is held during spring, summer and fall, and will provide 9th-12th graders a full-length practice exam, test taking strategies, and training on the four ACT subject areas: English, Math, Reading and Science.
Youthonomics Summer Financial Literacy Camp is open to students in 9th through 12th grade. The program includes topics such as credit savings, financial planning, investing, and consumer protection. Students also have the opportunity to learn various components of financial success including money management, budgeting, financial services, and borrowing. On the last day of the program, participants interact in “Get Real, Here’s The Deal”, facilitated by the Arkansas Cooperative Extension in partnership with PCYS.
The Rural Youth Leadership Academy Internship Program is a summer work program designed to help students gain work skills and knowledge to help them prepare for successful careers. Through this program, youth learn valuable lessons about leadership and excellence in the work Students ages 16-18, who live in the Roland area are eligible for this program.
The Pulaski County Youth Prevention Action Coalition (YPAC) is a program that aims to educate and engage students on key issues impacting Pulaski County with an emphasis on substance abuse and underage drinking prevention. Participants must live or go to school in Pulaski County and be between the ages of 12–18. Participants will develop personal leadership skills through activities focusing on decision-making, character development, team-building, civic responsibility and community service.
The Pulaski County Youth Leadership Institute is a program for 9th-12th grade students who are or who want to become leaders in their community. This program consists of developing leadership skills and bringing together youth from different communities to form coalitions and campaigns that work to prevent substance abuse and underage drinking.
The Cultural Exchange Program will address diversity and expose youth to different cultures and help show how we are connected to the entire community. The youth involved will experience activities that introduce them to physical and mental fitness, life skills, educational enhancement, and making positive contributions to the community.
The Career Pathway to Success Program is an empowerment and educational program that will provide youth with the opportunity to explore various career fields, such as science, technology, engineering, art, media, management, law, economic development, and tourism. Youth will participate in exploratory activities with influential business and community leaders who serve as career mentors.
The SOULution anti-bullying program will teach a more definitive way for parents and teachers to identify if a child is being bullied and provide workshops that offer solutions, raise awareness, and bring communities together to take a stand against bullying.
The PCYS Entrepreneurship Academy will provide youth with opportunities to develop as future business leaders, plan innovative business ideas, and take action to establish themselves as youth entrepreneurs. Youth will be partnered with career mentors for job shadowing experiences in their field of interest.
The Servant Leadership Academy participants will collect items for homeless youth, fill backpacks, and distribute those backpacks throughout Pulaski County. The goal for this program is to provide youth with food, personal care items, and alleviate hunger.
A Shoe Into Success is a new program that will reach out to Pulaski County Schools and select classrooms to provide shoes and a program that will help students develop personally and academically. Activities will include mentoring, physical fitness, health and nutrition education, and life-skill building opportunities. Additional activities will include cooking classes and Youth Top Chef competitions, Zumba and Booth Camp classes, and workshops that focus on addiction, marathon training, college athletic preparation clinics, eating healthy at home, and partnerships to provide meals for local non-profits that are prepared by the youth participants.
The Rural Leadership Development Program will provide leadership classes to high school students who live in the unincorporated areas of Pulaski County. Participants will be provided with full-paid scholarships to attend a summer ACT Prep Academy. This five-night, residential summer program is designed to help students develop test- taking strategies, become more familiar with the ACT curriculum, and experience life on a college campus.
PCYS has become a Lead Agency for Youth Service America’s Global Youth Service Day, an annual day of youth-led service with a focus on youth development and positive community engagement. This new annual event will join Pulaski County youth with more than 100,000 youth from the U.S. and Canada to ensure quality, capacity and sustainability of the youth service movements for years to come.
The Imagine Possibilities Program is a comprehensive program designed to help youth in foster care as well as youth with disabilities to live happier and more productive lives, allowing them to become successful, self-sufficient adults, in addition to providing programs that help youth develop personally and academically. Program activities will consist of tutoring, mentoring, physical fitness activities, health and nutrition education, leadership development, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship programming, college and career preparation, ACT Prep, and other special programs and opportunities to meet the specific needs of each young person.