The University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Children International will celebrate the 25th anniversary of a one-of-a-kind partnership that has transformed tens of thousands of lives in central Arkansas over the past 25 years.
“Together, we cultivate hope in the lives of children and create generational change,” UA Little Rock Children International Director Ryan Davis said. “Help us celebrate those who make it possible: our dedicated staff, committed volunteers, partners, and certainly, the young people improving their lives and neighborhoods.”
During the celebration, UA Little Rock Children International will honor several of the people, partners, and supporters who have made the nonprofit what it is today, including:
Outstanding Youth: De’Meir King
Outstanding Volunteer: Brandy Jones
Outstanding Partner: Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation
Outstanding Supporter: Windgate Foundation
Legacy Award: Little Rock School District
Funded by the global Children International nonprofit organization, the UA Little Rock program serves approximately 2,300 children and youth in central Arkansas. Of the 10 countries that Children International serves, the UA Little Rock Children International location is the only U.S. site. The program offers a variety of school- and community-based programs, including after-school and summer programming, cooking classes, emergency food assistance, a children’s choir, and college preparation and career training.
“We serve students in kindergarten through age 24 in four areas of focus,” said Paula Rogers, program engagement manager at UA Little Rock Children International. “We want to make sure that our kids are healthy, educated, empowered, and employable. We have health programs to develop healthy habits and connect kids with the services they need. We provide quality after-school and summer programs. We build leadership, teamwork, and competence in our youth so they can go out and empower their communities. We help them develop life skills and social responsibility.”
The celebration will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19, at UA Little Rock Downtown, 333 President Clinton Ave.