by WJ on Dec 17, 2015 at 10:09 AM

The YouthBuild Little Rock Leadership Council planned and organized the First Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive at the Arkansas Workforce Center. The Food Drive ran from November 6 to November 24. Participants collected can goods and non-perishable items to donate to the local Watershed Human and Community Development Center.

This service project is the first of many community activities to be planned and spearheaded by YouthBuild participants!  Members of the Leadership Council designed the flyers and played integral roles in advertising for the project.  They spoke with representatives of the diverse agencies at the workforce center, posted the flyers to their personal social media accounts, distributed flyers, and even stopped strangers at the workforce center to publicize the project.

The YouthBuild staff continues to encourage and promote the importance of serving the community.  Participants took pride in seeing daily contributions to the donation box.  The YouthBuild family delivered the items, which were able to feed 15 families, to the Watershed on November 25.  Participants met a notable figure in the community, Reverend Hezekiah Stewart, and took a photo with him after presenting the donations. 

This project could not have been successful without the support of many contributions.  The YouthBuild family would like to thank everyone who assisted or contributed to the Thanksgiving Food Drive.  The event served as a memorable milestone for our participants and highlighted their ability be responsible, contributing members of society.


by WJ on Dec 16, 2015 at 12:44 PM

The YouthBuild Little Rock program and the WIOA Youth Program are collaborating to host a Career Readiness event for 16-24 year olds entitled:  “Welcome to the Real World” on December 29, 2015, from 9:00 am- 3:30 pm, at the Arkansas Workforce Center.

The event includes several informative and exciting topics and speakers:

  ·    A financial literacy workshop facilitated by local Centennial Bank representatives

  ·    A round-table discussion by Young Professionals under 30 regarding post-secondary


  ·    A panel discussion regarding alternative career pathways facilitated by Hollywood Jaid

       Taylor and Ally the Pub (on-air radio personalities for KIPR FM Power 92 Jams)

Lunch will be provided for those who call and reserve their seats.

Please click here to see the flyer for the event: YB CAREER READINESS.pdf (178.11 kb)

Remember, school will be out during this time, and the event serves as a great alternative to sitting at home! We hope to see you there!



by WJ on Dec 3, 2015 at 2:59 PM

On November 19th, Dassault Falcon Jet held a ceremonial grand opening of its most recent expansion, Hanger 14. The LRWDB’s Executive Director, W. J. Monagle, and two Dassault Falcon Jet executives and LRWDB board members, Eric F. Tate and Mark Bremer, were in attendance.

The opening of the $60 million extension boosts the company’s Little Rock footprint to 1.25 million ft², making it “the largest industrial facility in Dassault’s network”, according to John Rosanvallon, Dassault Falcon Jet’s chief executive. The new construction allows the simultaneous finishing of 14 5X and 8X Falcon jet airplanes, including the first full VIP interior on 8X serial numbers three and six. The ambitious project comes seven years after the previous $20 million upgrade, which added 116,000 ft² to support 7X completions. Such a milestone is especially fitting as Dassault celebrates its centennial in 2016.

As the opening ceremony began, a small sparrow hawk that had been unintentionally trapped in the hangar swooped through the high rafters of the enormous new building. What an omen of good fortune, hopefulness and humility, because despite its misnomer, the sparrow hawk is the smallest member of the North American falcon family. Surely, this bird is in the family of noble hunters that originally inspired Marcel Dassault and early aviation pioneers as they looked toward the possibilities of flight for humans. From the company’s first canvas, wood and wire SEA IV bi-plane, built in 1918, to the sleek, luxurious Falcon 8X used as a background for the ceremony, Dassault has achieved – and in some ways surpassed – the ease, speed and natural flight of the falcon.

Since the ceremony occurred only six days after the horrendous attacks in Paris, this French company was supported by its American community in Little Rock, with words of solidarity and fraternity from Mayor Mark Stodola and City Director Stacy Hurst. The crowd was both solemn and certain that freedom will prevail and the falcon will again soar unhindered over a peaceful and shared earth.

Click below to learn more about Hangar 14 and Dassault Falcon Jet:

Press Release - Dassault LR Expansion.docx


by WJ on Dec 1, 2015 at 6:33 PM

Our partners from the PROMISE Grant recently kept themselves very busy by using the Little Rock Workforce Center to coordinate and deliver pies to eligible youth on three days leading up to Thanksgiving. As a result, the group made up of Connectors, Transition Specialists, and even the director Philip Adams himself, obtained 43 new enrollments in the Arkansas PROMISE program for the Little Rock area alone! Mathematica Policy Research, the national evaluator and provider of technical assistance for PROMISE research sites, suggested that similar strategies had worked in other parts of the country.

Pie Day (also known as Pie-nado) began as a way to increase PROMISE enrollment after a lull in July, August, and September 2015 followed steady growth since the program’s inception in September 2014. While a family did not have to enroll to receive a pie, Director Adams said “the pie provided a goodwill gesture to say “Happy Thanksgiving” and to open the conversation with a gift from PROMISE.”

Teams of two contacted eligible youth in zip codes 72204 and 72209 to provide PROMISE materials and a calling card with the pie delivery. Team members distributed many of the 315 pies ordered from Community Bakery before the holiday. They continue to make follow-up calls to those who weren’t at home during the three-day effort.

The LRWDB is pleased and proud to recognize these extra efforts taken by the PROMISE Grant personnel to start off the holidays a little bit better for everyone. The Pie Day recruitment event was an innovative new outreach approach for Arkansas PROMISE!