Pulaski County Youth Services kicked off its Vision 2025 Leadership Institute with the 2016 Women’s Power Breakfast Saturday, April 16. More than 160 filled the Little Rock Club to honor prominent female community leaders Linda Leopoulos, Tjuana Byrd, Georgia Mjartan and Senator Joyce Elliott, who received the Philanthropy Award, Advocate for Youth Award, Visionary Award and Lifetime Achievement Award respectively. All expressed the need to become more involved in lives of our youth and to the 33 girls who will participate in the Leadership Institute, they were told to always live in their truth.
The event raised more than $8,000 that will benefit the program which also received approximately $40,000 in grant funding and expects to receive more.
The first of its kind in Central Arkansas, the Vision 2025 Leadership Institute was created to provide a year-long training that focuses on empowerment, leadership development, mentoring, entrepreneurship, community services, and academic advising, thus allowing young women to complete high school and further their education at the post-secondary level. The first session will be held May 14.