We focus on employability because we understand that 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. Take a look at our Employability Programs. 


Road to College & Career Program (R2C2)
The R2C2 program prepares high school students for success through in-school workshops focusing on life skills, career skills, and creating a realistic (and flexible!) post-graduation plan. R2C2 also provides college & career support through field trips, guest speakers, hands-on activities, and parent workshops. R2C2 is currently offered at Little Rock Central High School and  Little Rock Southwest Magnet High School. We are looking to branch out to other schools! Keep an eye out! Your school may be next!


Summer Youth Employment Opportunities 
We connect CI youth ages 16-21 with summer work opportunities through the City of Little Rock’s Summer Youth Employment Opportunity and our very own summer workshops! Youth gain work experience and develop job skills by working at local businesses during the summer. For more information, click HERE.



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 a CI ALUM, connect with us TODAY!

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