Our Community Impact Projects

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Project READY
(Real Education & Development for Youth) 
Skills-for-Life Classes

Skills-for-Life is a monthly life skills class offered to foster care teens ages 14-21.  The classes often include topics such as: personal hygiene, peer pressure, stress, housing applications, college applications, job applications, basic finances, vehicle maintenance, and more!


Each month, we work to provide an insightful speaker, fun activity, and free lunch - all of which are donated by our gracious sponsors, community partners, and volunteers.

Project READY
(Real Education & Development for Youth) 
Independent City

Independent City is a real-life “game” filled with fun, prizes, and all of the surprises and challenges of real life.  Hosted in the spring, this event is our year-end finale which allows our Skills-for-Life students to test what they have learned in their monthly classes. This one-day event provides foster teens with a fun way to learn about making smart life choices while getting hands-on experience with simulated life events, such as applying for a job, apartment hunting, buying a vehicle, grocery shopping, etc. They ultimately learn about choices available to them while in and out of the foster care system and how to prepare for independent adulthood.

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JLFS Scholarship

The Junior League of Fort Smith Scholarship is a new project, founded in 2019, in which our members raise money to give foster teens much-needed financial support to attend college, vocational, or trade schools.


Presently, the most that a foster youth can be awarded from the State to attend college is $10,920 a year.  Most foster youth who go to college must still obtain student loans to make ends meet. The Junior League of Fort Smith’s Scholarship aims to fill that gap for college-bound foster youth.


Our second annual JLFS scholarships were awarded in May of 2020. Five deserving students, who were previously in foster care, received a total of $3,500 in scholarship funds for the upcoming school year.

Project HEAL
(Health, Education, Awareness & Leadership)

To continue to live our mission, carry out our vision, and support our focus, we are continuously finding ways for our members to serve the community through voluntarism.


Through our HEAL project, the Junior League of Fort Smith aims to form long-term partnerships with other local organizations that address various aspects of the foster care crisis in the Arkansas River Valley.


Our 2020-2021 HEAL Community Partners:

 

  • AR Department of Human Services - DCFS

  • GET REAL 24

  • Arkansas Family Alliance

  • The CALL of Sebastian & Crawford Counties

  • River Valley Adoption Coalition

 

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