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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- For 17 years, Pulaski County Youth Services has providing free, year-round programs.

    Last year alone they served nearly 1,800 youth with the goal of curbing the problems of gangs, violence, crime and substance abuse.

    Ashlee Casey is here with details on new fall programs to keep youth engaged and in a safe environment.

    Youth Leadership Institute for 9th &10th grade students. 
    • Deadline to Apply September 12
    • The ACT Prep Program for 10th through 12th grade students. 
    • Deadline to Apply September 27
    • The Lead & Seed Drug Prevention and Leadership Program for 6th through 8th grade students.
    • The Our Club afterschool programs will continue to meet after school this fall at seven sites throughout Pulaski County.

    More on ACT Prep Program:

    • The ACT Prep Program is a training program designed to provide assistance and exposure to Pulaski County youth who are preparing for the ACT. The program is conducted over 5 Saturdays, once per semester, in preparation for the December ACT and the April ACT exams.

    • The goal of the ACT Prep Program is to help students avoid remediation courses during their first year of college. A report compiled by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education indicated 49.3% of first-time students entering Arkansas' public colleges & universities in the fall of 2012 required remedial courses in at least one subject. A composite score of 19 is needed to avoid remediation courses at state-supported institutions in Arkansas.

    • The ACT Prep Program uses "The Real ACT Prep Guide" as its instruction manual.

    All students will be provided with a free workbook and can keep it after the program concludes.
    • Teachers certified and trained in English, math, reading, and science are recruited to conduct the program.

    • More than 1,800 students have completed the ACT Prep Program since its inception in the fall of 2006.

    • 70% of the students that participated in the fall 2012 program experienced an increase in their

    scores from pre- to post-testing.
    • The ACT Prep Program is conducted at local colleges and universities in an effort to expose youth to a higher education environment.

    • Pulaski County Youth Services pays the $35.00 ACT registration fee for the exam immediately following the program. This serves as a program incentive and evaluation tool. All families will be asked to sign a waiver authorizing PCYS to obtain scores from their schools.

    • The ACT Prep Program will have a mandatory 30-minute parent orientation session on Thursday, February 28th.

    For more information, please call (501) 340-8250

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