by WJ on Sep 16, 2016 at 11:30 AM

On September 7, representatives from Detroit, Philadelphia, and Little Rock met at the new Tendaji Youth Center on the campus of St. Mark Baptist Church to share and learn about My Brother’s Keeper initiatives in urban areas across the United States. The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance is an initiative of President Obama to engage successful public and private policy programs aimed at lifting up boys and men of color. The local meeting was sponsored by the Boys & Men Opportunity Success Team (BMOST) Coalition, whose goal is to unite boys and men of color with meaningful adult relationships, mentoring and tutoring, positive role models, and service to the community.


City of Little Rock Mayor, Mark Stodola, participated in the panel with an aim toward developing public policies conducive to lifting up males of color, establishing vision and strategy for addressing this issue, and scaling programs up to meet the needs of this population. LRWDB Executive Director, W. J. Monagle, and YouthBuild Program Director, Melissa Mitchell, were in attendance to discuss the Little Rock YouthBuild program, which aligns with the My Brother’s Keeper job-driven training agenda. YouthBuild provides a "stepping stone" approach, promoting a seamless progression from education to work-based training and good paying jobs for young adults. The community-based nature of YouthBuild grants ensures that services are provided where they are needed most and are intended to reach the hardest to serve youth.


by WJ on Sep 14, 2016 at 2:10 PM
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Entergy Corporation, one of the Little Rock Workforce Development Board’s (LRWDB’s) valued partners, has been honored by the national Points of Light Foundation as one of the top 50 most civic minded corporations in America. We are delighted to share the news about Entergy’s recognition as an organization that is committed to sustainable value for our owners, customers, employees and communities.

The Civic 50 sets the standard for corporate civic engagement and annually determines the most community-minded companies in the country. Points of Light is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. The Civic 50 participants are evaluated on criteria that include community impact of financial and human resources, alignment of community engagement with business objectives and the social and business value of an organization’s community engagement.

“This year’s Civic 50 honorees demonstrate how much they value the relationships they have with the communities in which they do business and truly understand how important purpose is to both their employees and consumers,” said Tracy Hoover, CEO of Points of Light.

As part of its civic activities, Entergy recently awarded a $5,000 grant to United Way of Southeast Louisiana. Entergy also serves alongside the LRWDB as a member of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition, supporting Little Rock’s annual “Super Saturday” tax assistance event. At Entergy’s request, on August 22 the LRWDB’s Executive Director, W. J. Monagle, delivered a presentation on the successful implementation of “Super Saturday” at a conference in New Orleans.