The America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth was
announced in 1997 at the President's Summit held in Philadelphia. The program
was chaired by General Colin Powell, and the historic gathering consisted of
former President Clinton, Bush, Carter, Ford and Nancy Reagan, over 3,000
government, business, non-profit and civic leaders. At the Summit, the
Presidents and General Powell challenged these leaders to raise civic power to a
new plateau to solve the problems of American Society. They asked them to commit
more time, talent and resources to children and youth, to advocate for new and
renewed commitments from others.
The crusade that has grown out of the Summit
focuses on fulfilling five basic promises to young people. At the April, 1998
Arkansas' Promise State Summit, Arkansans began it's own crusade that promises
each child in Arkansas the five basic resources:
Mentor: An ongoing relationship with a caring
Protect: A safe place with structured activities
during non-school hours.
Nurture: A healthy start.
Teach: Marketable skills through effective
Serve: An opportunity to give back through
the present time, the
of Arkansas representative based at BCJS, in collaboration with BCJS personnel,
FRC personnel and various community resources work together to
fulfill these specific areas:
Community service program
Recruit and maintain volunteers for Community
Connections for Youth & Families, Inc.
Ensure program is operating as designed
Assist CCI instructors and act as tutor/mentor
Provide students with effective after-school education
Family Resource Center provides classes for youth
Host home services to juveniles who requires
short-term, emergency shelter
Students receive educational direction regarding
healthy lifestyles; attend Health Fair and various
An estimated 100 youth and volunteers will
- Healthy Lifestyle
Baxter County has been an
Arkansas Community of Promise since 1998 and continues to fulfill the areas of
promise with the collaboration of various agencies, organizations, businesses,
schools and many volunteer individuals working together.
to be redirected to the AmeriCorps