What is ALPS?
ALPS is an acronym for Advancement, Leadership, Personal Growth, and Service. Established in 1995 as Leadership Renaissance and rebranded this year as ALPS, the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce uses this program to identify emerging leaders and expose them to the opportunities found here in North Little Rock. The program provides participants with a historical perspective of their community, familiarizes them with current issues, helps them to develop skills for effective leadership and fosters commitment to community involvement.
Who is eligible to participate?
ALPS is open to high school JUNIORS who live in North Little Rock, without regard to which school they attend OR students that attend North Little Rock High School/ Center of Excellence. While there are no academic requirements, participates must be eligible under school guidelines to be absent three full days.
What is the cost?
Tuition for the program is $50 which includes all program materials, T-shirt, lunch, and the participant’s ticket (and two guests) for the graduation event. A limited number of scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance.
What do the session topics include?
Session topics include leadership skills, social service, government, law, business and industry, financial literacy, and economic and community development. Sessions are a mixture of presentations, on-site visits, and classroom activities. Students will interact with businesses and participate in community-based activities.
What are the benefits of participating?
In addition to learning valuable skills, participants have opportunities to make contacts with business leaders that may be beneficial during job searches and other community activities after graduation. As students gain new awareness about local issues, they often discover ways to become more involved in community service. The Chamber of Commerce believes that ALPS also has long-term benefits to the community by identifying emerging leaders and encouraging their early involvement in community and civic affairs.
Limited Spots Available!
- December 3: Application Deadline
- December 10: Participants Notified
- January 6: Orientation/Tuition Due (PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST ATTEND)
- January 12: Session 1 Social Service
- February 9: Session 2 - Government & Law
- March 9: Session 3 - Business, Industry, Financial Literacy
- Date TBD: Graduation
HOW CAN YOUR BUSINESS HELP? Become a sponsor.