The mission of Arkansas Commitment (AC) is to enhance the educations, careers, and social leadership of young African-Americans in Little Rock, AR and the surrounding area. AC was created and designed to identify and groom academically talented African-American high school students, or those that have demonstrated such potential, and guide them to become leaders of society at large as well as within the African-American community in Arkansas. This is accomplished by year long sessions and workshops focused on leadership development and life skills, planning academic curriculum, developing non-cognitive variables, college search and application process consulting, financial aid and scholarships advising, and service projects. Arkansas Commitment serves approximately 200 African-Americans high school students from the Central Arkansas area including Pulaski, Faulkner, Jefferson, Saline and Lonoke counties. Students attend 25 different high schools encompassing all public high schools in Pulaski County and other areas, charter schools, and independent private schools. Students in Arkansas Commitment represent a full spectrum of families; some come from single parent households, dual parent households, various socio-economic backgrounds including below the poverty level, and some will be first generation college bound.