Arkansas Human Development Corporation Lands $3.8 Million Grant to Provide Work-Based Learning Opportunities for Youth Across the Arkansas Delta
The Arkansas Human Development Corporation has received a $3.8 million Delta Plus Youth Opportunity Network grant. The grant aims to offer a six-week Summer Youth and After School Work-Based Learning program to select Arkansas cities, including Blytheville, Dermott, Earl, Elaine, Forrest City, Helena/West Helena, Hughes, Marion, Marvell, West Memphis, and Wynn.
Participants will have the opportunity to work up to 32 hours per week at $12 per hour, attend staff development training sessions covering important topics like entrepreneurship, dressing for success, workplace etiquette, and conflict resolution. The program is designed to develop well-rounded individuals with crucial job and life skills, positioning participants for long-term success. The initiative seeks to create a more skilled and experienced workforce and provide young people with a solid foundation for their future.
By empowering and equipping young individuals with essential life skills and work experiences, the program aims to break the cycle of poverty and provide a pathway to long-term success for the region's youth. The programs seek to address the systemic issues faced by the Delta region by creating a more skilled and experienced workforce, providing young people with the tools they need to succeed in their careers and life.
They will make sure that you stay on track and focus on what you're supposed to do and have a constant drive and an understanding of what you're supposed to do to be successful in that program, the specific site, or in life itself.
/ Marcus Cunningham Junior
City of Forrest City Summer Work Program Participant
THE DELTA PLUS YOUTH OPPORTUNITY NETWORK
Old St. Paul
City of West Memphis
Life Skill for Youth
AHDC Micro Enterprise Financial Literacy
City of Forrest City
City of Dermott
City of Wynne
Choosing to Excel
City of Helena/West Helena
City of Little Rock
LIFE SKILLS FOR YOUTH
From the Arkansas Human Development Corporation
We are excited to showcase the impact of the Delta Plus Youth Opportunity Network Programs, including Choosing to Excel, the City of Dermott, the City of Forrest City, AHDC Micro Enterprise and Financial Literacy Initiative, and Old St. Paul. Through these programs, we are empowering and equipping young individuals in the Delta region with essential life skills and work experiences to achieve their full potential. Read on to learn more about the inspiring feature stories of our program participants and how they are making a positive impact on their communities.
Life Skills for Youth Program Participant
The Life Skills for Youth coding program helps people in the Little Rock community by providing us with up-to-date technology, critical thinking, problem-solving, and other things for the future. For the new generation, coding is fundamental.
City of Forrest City Program Participant
At my job site, I learned how to file paperwork and assist patients. When I grow up, I want to be a registered nurse. This program has impacted me by being able to work with people who are doing the things that I want to do in the future.
We are thrilled to be able to offer this exceptional opportunity to the youth of the Delta region. Our program is designed to provide not only work experience but also life skills training that will prepare young people for success in all aspects of their lives. We believe that by investing in our youth and providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, we can help break the cycle of poverty in the Delta region and create a more prosperous future for everyone. We are honored to be a part of this initiative and look forward to the positive impact it will have on our communities.
Clevon Young, Executive Director