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 funding ended.
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 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