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Our Mission

As the primary coordinating entity supporting the Governor's Commission on National Service and Volunteerism, we are responsible for inspiring and sustaining civic engagement by supporting and promoting local civic services, community service learning, and partner program opportunities.  Our staff advocates for local, people-driven solutions by partnering with government agencies, municipalities, education systems, and nonprofit or faith-based sectors.

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Engage Arkansas is an Arkansas initiative to inspire and advance civic engagement to help combat social inequalities and strengthen local communities. As the primary coordinating entity supporting the Governor’s Commission on National Service and Volunteerism, we are responsible for inspiring and sustaining civic engagement by supporting local civic services, community education, and the promotion of partner program opportunities.

Our staff advocates for such solutions and purposefully partners with government agencies, municipalities, education systems, and nonprofit or faith-based sectors to help create impact, benefiting communities and families statewide. The EngageAR office is housed within the Department of Education and is staffed to fulfill the role defined by its governor-appointed commission and the governor. 

Why is Engage Arkansas important?

A vast array of state public systems and non-governmental programs offer support services to those in need. EngageAR positions itself as a supporting role to help partner and service programs gain greater impact within the communities through volunteerism and national service.

Our staff and commission partner with government agencies, municipalities, institutions of higher education, and the nonprofit and faith-based sectors across Arkansas. These community-based partnerships are fostered through EngageAR consultative support and events, with our staff and commission continuously communicating and promoting the partnering programs and engagement opportunities. In addition, EngageAR is the conduit and manager for internship and national service placement offered by the AmeriCorps program.

Opportunities to partner with EngageAR or to support an AmeriCorps program are created to engage, serve, and strengthen local communities

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How do I involve Engage Arkansas?

Engage Arkansas welcomes the opportunity to learn how we can help support and promote your services or program. We work in partnership with nonprofit, faith-based, government, and community-based organizations throughout the state to increase the awareness and engagement of local civic needs. Once registered and partnership eligibility is established, the EngageAR staff will work to help support your communication and outreach efforts through the EngageAR social media platforms and list serves.

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What is this history of Engage Arkansas?

The office for volunteerism in Arkansas has seen many changes over the years, but much of its legacy can be traced back to one individual, former First Lady Bettey Bumpers. Learn about Betty Bumpers legacy of service and the efforts she made to garner funding and unite volunteerism across Arkansas and the nation.

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Publish date: 4/25/2024
Posted by: Educator Effectiveness

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Publish date: 2/23/2024
Posted by: Educator Effectiveness

The Professional Licensure Standards Board will meet at 9 a.m. on March 1, 2024, in the PLSB Conference Room 211C, Arkansas Department of Education's Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, Four Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201.

Publish date: 11/20/2023
Posted by: Educator Effectiveness

The Professional Licensure Standards Board will meet at 9 a.m. on December 1, 2023, in the PLSB Conference Room 105C, Arkansas Department of Education's Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, Four Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201. This will be an onsite meeting with a virtual option for board members and presenters. Individuals critical to the logistical operations of the meeting will be physically present with limited availability for the public.

Publish date: 10/4/2023
Posted by: Educator Effectiveness

Students at Mayflower High School are connected in one unique way: They have social studies teacher and athletics coach Andrew Harrison guiding them through not only the depths of history, but also the experiences of high school. Harrison encourages students to value teamwork and collaboration in their growth as both learners and people. Today, it was the school community's turn to cheer for Coach Harrison when philanthropist and education visionary Lowell Milken surprised him with Mayflower Public Schools' first Milken Educator Award in the initiative's 36-year history.

Publish date: 10/4/2023
Posted by: Educator Effectiveness

At Greenbrier Middle School, sixth grade English language arts teacher Ashley Anderson tailors her instruction to ensure no learner is left behind. Yet today, the careful planner was caught completely by surprise when philanthropist and education visionary Lowell Milken presented Anderson with a $25,000 Milken Educator Award that she can use however she chooses. Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Department of Education Secretary Jacob Oliva joined Milken to honor Anderson's excellence in education before hundreds of cheering students, proud colleagues, dignitaries and media.