LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- Arkansas is one of just a few states with a five-year grant for a program called Arkansas Promise, helping teenagers with disabilities.
Arkansas Promise Co-Director Hersell West says, "We reach youth in 25 counties in Arkansas. Education, employ, empower. It's been one of the greatest jobs I've had because we get to touch and impact so many lives in the state."
Mentoring is just one aspect of many that help the teens.
Amber Govan with Arkansas Promise says, "Anyone has a heart to work with kids and be an influence to them, they are welcome to come and be a mentor."
It's one of many programs in the state that helps youth through mentorship, giving guidance through tough times.
"They need that influence," says West. "They need that positive influence. They need someone to back up mom and dad."
The impact they've seen is huge.
Carri George with Arkansas Promise says, "Each connector has 20 kids. They work so they can build that relationship and be that adult that young people can talk to."
Giving these youth the resources they need, and the confidence to land a job, get a home and be independent.
"Having someone that believes it's possible they can do that makes a difference," says George.