Supporting children, youth and families is never a done deal – and plans that worked well 20 years ago don’t fare so well in today’s world. That’s what city leaders in Little Rock, Arkansas realized in 2015, when their system for supporting prevention, intervention and treatment programs for youth, created in 1994, wasn’t holding up so well in the face of the stresses and demands on young people and families in a 21st-century world. To reassess their current reality and reinvigorate their approach to serving children, youth, and families, Little Rock needed the help of a firm with expertise in community engagement and strategy development, but also was extremely knowledgeable about the needs of families and the possibilities for youth, in particular within communities of color.
Advocacy & Communication Solutions, LLC (ACS) was the perfect choice. In 2015, the firm began to work with the City of Little Rock Department of Community Planning to create the Master Plan for Children, Youth, and Families.
Little Rock’s Master Plan has provided a clear roadmap for a coordinated, citywide approach that is relevant to the needs, desires, and expectations of its citizens. Since the plan was completed in June 2016, the city already has worked closely with partners and community to make significant strides in implementation.
Read the full case study here to learn more about how ACS used facilitation expertise, strategy development, research, and community engagement to build capacity and create new city processes and a strategic roadmap for children, youth, and families.