|Updated: 6/15/2012 8:57 am
||Published: 6/14/2012 10:38 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR-- Thursday night, Arkansas Commitment held its bow tie bash to honor it's graduates. The program started in 1999, hoping to reach black students in Central Arkansas.
"Let's give them the skills and access that they need, so we can help them grow to become leaders in the state," said executive director Jason Hamilton.
Students say the program works, meeting often throughout their high school years to make post graduation plans.
"I want to work for Google one day," said student Andrew Culbertson.
This year, graduates gathered more than $800,000 scholarship dollars.
"The program helps you get into college. It helps you with volunteer service and preparing you to be a better high school student and better leader," said student Cheyanne Hampton.
Even though some students are leaving Arkansas for now, they won't forget home.
"Maybe later on when I'm ready to settle down, I want to come back and give back to my home state of Arkansas," said student Tyler Elliot.