Young people across Arkansas join Dream Keepers sponsored by local community-based organizations. They perform community service projects and pledge to a nonviolent lifestyle.
Community by community, they build - Arkansas youth united to make their community, state, and world a better place. That is the spirit and goal of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Dream Keepers Program. Youth from throughout the state are joining with their peers to build up their neighborhoods. The program gives youth an alternative to gang affiliation.
The Dream Keepers Program helps empower youth to gain an appreciation for community service through teamwork. Dream Keepers involvement helps youth make choices that will have a positive impact on their lives. Service projects are a reflection of the talents and dedication of the team members. Tutorial programs, neighborhood clean-up, and feeding the hungry are examples of some of the projects. Regardless of the type of project, the central theme of the program always shines through-join together to build up the community.
The Dream Keepers' community service work can build the bridges of unity and understanding between races and cultures and stimulate interracial cooperation. Each team must analyze its resources to determine what they can do in their community. Read More...
The mission of the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission is to promote and preserve the life and legacy of Dr. King throughout the State of Arkansas while promoting the principles of nonviolence and equality among all citizens. AMLKC programs, such as L.E.A.D., are designed to promote educational and professional growth while encouraging youth to engage in positive leadership development and roles within their communities.
L.E.A.D. is a mentorship and leadership program designed to enhance our youth through social, academic, and career mentorship. Through L.E.A.D., our summer youth interns are enrolled in our “L.E.A.D. Apprenticeship Training Workshop”. This workshop’s primary objectives are:
· Development of soft skills in communication, conflict resolution/negotiation, creative problem solving, strategic thinking, team building, fundraiser skills, etcetera;
· Group discussions, meetings, projects, workshops, and special presentations/speeches;
· Educating in the areas of business/office etiquette, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
We assist our youth and help them to see the importance of being a leader and giving their time, talent and experience back to the community. Therefore as this time, the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission would like to extend an invitation to you in order that you might make a decision to participate, to help reach out to young Arkansans and their communities while ensuring the success of the L.E.A.D. program..
“Annual A Day of Service”
This annual event, “A Day of Service” targets homeless individuals and others who may not have certain resources available to them. The AMLKC in collaboration with the Central Arkansas Transit Authority will be providing free bus rides all day to all who wish to participate. “A Day of Service” has a “Celebratory” component and a “Service” component. During the “Celebratory” component, keynote speakers, special guests, musical and theatrical performances all take place in honor of Dr. King. During the “Service” component, which takes place after the “Celebratory” component, we offer each person a free meal and personal hygiene kit as well as many other services such as health screenings and job counseling. Lunch will be provided to the less fortunate by the Olive Garden Restaurant, as a part of our day of service. All types of service are encouraged on this day, particularly special volunteer projects that connect participants to ongoing service throughout the year. Projects include preparing and delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, removing graffiti and cleaning neighborhoods, reading to children, training mentors or tutors for youth, and much more.
“Annual MLK Birthday Bash”
In honor of Dr. King’s birthday, the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission sponsors a celebration of Dr. King’s birthright, legacy, noble work and tenets. Annually we host a bash, a Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Bash presented by the Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission. The commission works directly with youth and others, encouraging them to embrace alternatives to violence and discover their common humanity. Through activities that stress racial and cultural diversity, this is one such event, the Commission offers Arkansas youth a new understanding of the important roles they play in the communities, now and in the future. Hope you join us in an event that will help the next generation achieve Dr. King’s Dream of understanding and acceptance of nonviolence and human equality as a way of building common unity among all Arkansans.
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“Annual Coretta Scott King Women’s Day Conference Series”
This annual event, “A Day of Service” targets homeless individuals and others who may not have certain resources available to them. The AMLKC in collaboration with the Central Arkansas Transit Authority will be providing free bus rides all day to all who wish to participate. In addition, we offer each person a free meal and personal hygiene kit as well as many other services such as health screenings and job counseling.
“Nonviolence Youth Summits”
The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission with the assistance of the Arkansas Department of Human Services has implemented a program that is designed to encourage youth to engage in positive leadership development and roles within their communities. To help in this endeavor we host “Nonviolence Youth Summits” targeting youth between the ages of 11 – 18. These summits are structured to educate the youth on the principles of Kingian Nonviolence so that they can become ambassadors of peace and face the violence in their communities.
“Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Vigil”
April 4th marks the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Part of the mission of the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission is to promote and preserve the life and legacy of Dr. King in our state. Therefore, we an annual Commemorative Vigil. This Vigil serves as a celebration in remembrance of the noble works and tenets of Dr. King. Our agency takes great pride in fulfilling Dr. King’s philosophies of social equality and multiculturalism.
The Vigil is timed to coincide with Dr. King’s last day of life. On April 3, 1968 Dr. King gave his last speech entitled “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top”. The Arkansas MLK Commission has created a historical event that welcomes individualism, creativity and diversity. Please come out and join us as our agency takes leadership in this commemorative memorial activity. .
Free Food, Fun, & Festivities
Mission: Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission (AMLKC) is committed to recognizing the citizens of Arkansas and demonstrating how much we appreciate and value them.
Strategy: AMLKC will develop a summer long format that will enable each of the AMLKC staff to participate in an activity. A fun-filled summer of events, community service projects, fundraisers, and field trips; these activities will be scheduled at times that will allow all staff to participate in various communities.
Victory: Each area will unify their efforts by uplifting each community member and building better and stronger community harmony and a sense of pride.
Format: Military theme – Celebrating our unsung Heroes. Praise as heroes those in the community just as we praise our military unsung heroes for their everyday dedication within their neighborhood. We admire, respect, and appreciate our citizens of Arkansas because they are heroes of our individual communities. Our goal is to uplift Our Beloved Community, which is priceless! .