CEI Blog: An Alternative to Jail for Arkansans with Mental Health Illnesses

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Dear Friends, Far too many in our society, about 1 in 5, suffer from mental illness. Tragically, only about 50% of those suffering from mental illness receive the treatment they need in a given year. Further, 37% of incarcerated adults and 70% of incarcerated youth suffer from mental illness. These numbers are staggering. In Congress we have taken steps to address this with the passage of 21st Ce... Read more »

CEI Blog: Summer Should Mean Fun, Not Hunger

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District Update | June 24, 2019 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email Dear Friends, As a father of two, I’ve seen how important it is for children to have enough nutritious food to eat in order to lead healthy, active lives. Unfortunately, Arkansas currently ranks #3 in the nation in childhood hunger. One in four Arkansas children are food insecure, meaning they are not sure when or w... Read more »

CEI Blog: The Importance of Early Education

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As a father of two college students, I’ve seen firsthand that young people are the future of our country. Every day we have the opportunity to make an investment in their growth, and I’ve been proud to team up with many of our local partners in Arkansas who have contributed to the academic success of the students in our community. One aspect that is especially important is the role of early learn... Read more »

CEI Blog: The Good Grid

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District Update | December 30, 2018 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email Dear Friends, Each year during the holidays, we reflect with gratitude on this year’s blessings and with anticipation we look forward to the upcoming year. But in this season of hope and thanksgiving, too many are denied that promise as they wrestle with challenges that strip them of opportunity and compound des... Read more »

CEI Blog: Overcoming Barriers to Success

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I believe that all Arkansans should be afforded the chance to pursue happiness and prosper regardless of their environment or background. When Arkansans are given the opportunity to take advantage of the good-paying job opportunities that are increasingly available, they can provide for themselves, their families, and help build our communities. As you know, I use my Community Empowerment Initiati... Read more »

College Isn’t the Only Option

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Every year, thousands of young Arkansans graduate high school anticipating their future. For some that’s a four-year college or university, but it is not the only route to a successful life and the pursuit of happiness. Arkansas is currently facing a shortage of workers in our skilled labor market, which makes up a majority of the state’s overall workforce, and there are limitless opportunities in... Read more »

Equipping our Youth for the Future

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Afterschool programs are critical to ensuring the success of our youth. Young people are deserving of the attention, time, and resources they need to be successful. Without the support and commitment of their communities, their futures are in jeopardy. That’s why I’m thankful for the work of organizations like Afterschool Alliance that has a branch located here in Arkansas, whose goal is to increa... Read more »

Helping Families Succeed

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Research shows that the months shortly after birth are the most crucial in determining lifelong outcomes of a child and that those children without adequate resources are more likely to make poor decisions and continue in the cycle of poverty. Because of a deficit in resources and support, many low-income children struggle more than others in their age group, and this is a cycle that we in Arkansa... Read more »

Keeping our Communities Safe

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We’ve done a lot to stress the importance of building and investing in positive community models. The work that organizations do to contribute to improving the quality of life in the central Arkansas region is important and doesn’t go unnoticed. One of the main objectives in building a positive community is improving and investing in safety. Recently in central Arkansas, violent crime has risen to... Read more »

Pouring into Our At-Risk Youth

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As Americans, it’s our responsibility to make sure that the country we pass down to future generations is significantly better than the one we inherited from our parents. Young people are the future of our nation, and every day we have the incredible opportunity to invest in them. In the past, I’ve thanked our many community partners in the state of Arkansas for contributing to the future success ... Read more »

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