We're a non-profit that has been serving Carroll County since 1985.
During the 1990s, we were one of 76 statewide Transition to Employment
coalitions that administered job-training programs. But we were one of only two
coalitions in the state to fulfill our sustainability plan. That is, we continued after
In that project, we initiated a number of youth outreaches, giving low-income
and at-risk teens a first job experience and conflict-resolution training by
mentoring them as soccer referees. Our certified refs worked venues across
northwest Arkansas and southern Missouri -- and even a tournament in central
Florida. After state funding ended, we kept that program going through Common
Ground, a statewide youth violence-prevention initiative, which we replicated
at seven other sites, receiving top marks from our independent evaluator.
Another element of the Transition to Employment coalition was in Carroll
County's three alternative high schools, where we developed two job-skills
curriculums, Capitalism in the Classroom and How to Get and Keep a Job.
Additionally, we collaborated with school nurses in all three school districts,
providing pregnancy-prevention instruction and teaching materials. After coalition
funding ended, we sustained that program with funding from a federal abstinence education program. Our full-time abstinence instructor taught in the schools and offered an after-school abstinence club at the Berryville Community Center.
We continue similar outreach. We were the grantee of state child-abuse prevention funding that allowed us to collaborate with North Arkansas College to provide Circle of Love services to teen parents still in school.
Using lessons we learned about the effectivness of teens as peer presenters, we went on to offer anti-drug, anti-violence, anti-smoking and anti-obesity programs featuring teen role models. We've found soccer to be an effective medium -- since it bridges so many cultural divides. We have offered a variety of prevention messages using soccer during phys-ed classes, in after-school programs and during teen-led skills clinics at venues statewide -- and at annual Red Ribbon Rallies at the University of Arkansas for northwest Arkansas fifth graders. We continue to have close ties with our local youth soccer program. CLICK TO READ MORE about local soccer.
Today, the Resource Council continues its diverse outreaches. The youth referee programs continue, sustained by local youth programs. Our first youth outreach alumni have entered the job force and a number have finished college, the first in their families to do so.
Our strength is in the volunteer involvement of our membership. Our chair has pushed teen drug-prevention summits annually in all three school districts. Our treasurer singlehandedly each year has raised around $130,000 for the Carroll County Senior Activity Center. Our secretary is involved in local pre-school projects and rehab outreaches in the Carroll County jail. And our executive director is regularly called upon by the City of Green Forest, seeking help writing proposals for infrastructure projects -- help which we provide at no charge to the city.