Immerse Arkansas has received a $150,000 recurring grant that will support its street outreach program.
Founded in 2010, Immerse Arkansas focuses on youth between the ages of 14 and 24 and aims to help them become “independent, healthy and successful adults.” The street outreach program is designed to reach out to Pulaski County youth – whether homeless, runways, trafficking victims or other trauma-related situation – to provide resources.
The grant, provided by the Administration of Children and Families, will provide $150,000 annually for three years. According to an Immerse Arkansas news release, the nonprofit received one of 14 grants awarded this year.
“Young people who have experienced crisis are forced to grow up quickly and don’t have the ability or resources to fend for themselves,” Eric Gilmore, co-founder and executive director of Immerse Arkansas, said in a statement. “Street outreach is critical for identifying these youth, connecting them with the support they need, and creating awareness in the greater community of the help that is available. This funding will strengthen our abilities in all of those areas.”
Immerse Arkansas has been a federally funded Street Outreach Program since 2017 and has boosted its impacted youth by 300 percent since that time.