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Arkansas Commitment

  • Arkansas Commitment
  • 1111 W. Capitol
    Room 1017
  • Little Rock, AR 72201
  • 1999

Program Description

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.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)

Demographics

Race & Ethnicity

  • African American: 100%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 200
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

First-Generation

  • Between 25% and 50%

Representative
Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Bates College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Colby College
  • Colorado College
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Dartmouth College
  • Davidson College
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Lehigh University
  • Morehouse College
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Sewanee-The University of the South
  • Stanford University
  • University of Richmond
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University in St Louis
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Williams College

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%