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AR Kids Read

AR Kids Read is a volunteer-based literacy intervention initiative working to advance literacy education through community engagement and tutoring so that all children can read proficiently by the end of third grade. 

Arkansas Commitment

The Arkansas Commitment Program is a nonprofit organization created to identify academically talented African-American high school students throughout central Arkansas and guide them to become leaders in Arkansas. Arkansas Commitment works to ensure future diversity in every aspect of the Arkansas community and to retain talented young Arkansans. 

Expect More

Expect More is an initiative of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation working to ensure tomorrow’s jobs in Arkansas are better than today’s.  Currently in Arkansas, 70 percent of jobs are low-skill jobs and only 30 percent require a post-secondary credential. Expect More is a statewide effort to flip that 70/30 equation. 

ForwARd Arkansas

ForwARd Arkansas is a partnership of the Arkansas State Board of Education, Walton Family Foundation, and Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation that is committed to helping every Arkansas student graduate prepared for success in college and the workplace. To realize this vision, the ForwARd Arkansas steering committee has developed recommendations aimed at dramatically improving student achievement, closing the achievement gap, and making Arkansas a leading state in education.

Manufacturing Day

As part of the nationally-recognized Manufacturing Day events held annually, the Little Rock Regional Chamber, the University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College (UA-PTC), and the City of Maumelle host a manufacturing exhibition fair featuring interactive exhibits from area manufacturers for local middle school and high school students. The event is part of an effort to change student’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide. 

Network for Southern Economic Mobility

The City of Little Rock joined MDC’s Network for Southern Economic Mobility (NSEM) as part of the second cohort in November 2017.  The NSEM is a group of southern communities committed to increasing upward economic mobility for youth and young adults in the lowest income brackets. Little Rock is part of a two-year, four-community cohort that will benefit from on-site coaching, programmatic technical assistance, and facilitated peer-learning so that the city can accelerate and align strategic investments for systemic change to position these youth and young adults for economic success. For more information on Little Rock’s progress throughout this effort, click here.

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