To have any hope of escaping poverty, income from stable work is essential.

Youth need to obtain skills that employers require while being involved in programs that focus on education and empowerment! This combination puts our youth on the right path, but there’s still work to do. We help CI youth and young adults develop workplace skills to help them be successful at their jobs and change their lives for good.

College Prep
Our Road to College & Career program prepares high school students for life after graduation. Through partnerships with TRIO, AVID, and Trojan Pathway, we strive to give our youth the best chance at college acceptance and success.

Summer Work Opportunities 
We connect CI youth ages 16-21 with summer work opportunities through the City of Little Rock’s Summer Youth Employment Opportunity. Youth gain work experience and develop job skills by working at local businesses during the summer. For more information, click here: SYEO Information

HOPE Scholarship 

Each year we offer the HOPE Scholarship to 10 graduating seniors who are enrolled in the Children International program! The scholarship may be used towards tuition, books, fees, etc. The applications are available at the CI office, the CI website, or from your high school counselor starting on February 1st. Preference is given to students who exhibit the following:

  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Strong motivation for pursuing higher education/trade school
  • Desire to mentor other CI students and be a role model
  • First generation college student (i.e. neither parent has obtained a 4-year degree)

For more information and to apply, click here.

CI Alumni Network
Now when our high school students graduate, they join the CI Alumni Network! The network is designed to support CI young adults ages 18-24 through community-building, job opportunities, educational resources, life hacks and more. During the Senior Ceremony in May, which honors our high school seniors, the students are inducted into the CI Alumni Network. If you are an alum, join the Facebook Group today!

CI Alumni Internships
These competitive internships give CI Alumni professional work experience while pursuing their education. CI Interns work closely with staff in specific programmatic areas (Health, Education, Empowerment, Employability) to deliver quality work that increases the intern’s professional skills while furthering the mission of CI. Applications are available on the “Join Our Team” page in August, January, and May.


For more information on our Employability programs, contact Susanna Creed, slcreed@ualr.edu.