LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For seventeen years Pulaski County Youth Services (PCYS) has providing free, year-round programs.
In 2011 alone, PCYS served 1,752 youth in Pulaski County through its free after-school, weekend programs, and events. This fall, PCYS is offering many programs that aim to keep youth of various ages engaged, academically productive, and in a safe environment.
THV's Ashley Blackstone sat down with Ashlee Casey to learn more about PCYS's new fall programs. Click on the THVideo!
Casey says that many of the programs go on throughout the school year.
"Especially our Our Club afterschool care, that is going on a seven different locations throughout the county," explains Casey. "Students from ages 6 to 18 can go to those afterschool care sites and get help with homework, get cultural enrichment activities, golf lessons, cooking lessons."
Another program that PCYS is offering is ACT prep for high school students. Casey says the average increase seen by kids who take the course is three points.
"Who doesn't want to bring their score up? It could mean the difference between needing remedial classes when you get to college or even getting a scholarship."
The Pulaski County Youth Services fall program list is as follows:
The Youth Leadership Institute
Open to 9th & 10th grade students
Deadline to Apply September 19th
The ACT Prep Program
Open to 10th through 12th grade students
Deadline to Apply September 27
The Lead & Seed Drug Prevention and Leadership Program
Open to 6th through 8th grade students
Our Club Afterschool Program
Open to youth ages 6-18
To enroll in an Our Club program, please contact the Program Development Manager at 340-6673.
The only basic requirements for all programs are that students are in the age group specified and live in Pulaski County. All PCYS programs are free-of-charge.
(Source: Pulaski County Youth Services)