Jake Gibbs, Education Director, and Maury Peterson, Executive Director of the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter watch Tuesday, August 13, in Little Rock as their charter school application is approved by the Charter Authorizing Panel. – Photo by John Sykes Jr. Story by Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Democrat Gazette
The Arkansas Charter Authorizing Panel has approved an open-enrollment charter school to be housed on the campus of the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter (NWACS). Hope Academy of Northwest Arkansas is designed to serve children who have experienced significant childhood trauma. It will be the first of its kind in Arkansas and one of the first […]
by Paulette Nesbitt, Title I Aide The effects of childhood trauma are vast and unique to each child. In the case of Austin*, an 11-year-old in our care, the physical, emotional, and social effects of trauma exposure impacted every aspect of his academic day. Initial reading and math assessments placed him two years below his fifth […]
Throughout his ten year career with the Shelter, Joshua has held many roles, including Youth Care Specialist, Youth Care Supervisor, Warehouse Manager, Food Service Manager and, most recently, Facilities Manager. This wide variety of experience has given him a unique perspective on the role of the Shelter and the programs that we provide on a daily basis. We are so […]
We are so excited about the possibility of expanding our trauma-informed education services to children throughout Northwest Arkansas who have suffered from abuse, neglect or other adverse childhood experiences. We are one step closer to making Hope Academy of Northwest Arkansas a reality! Our application has been submitted to the Arkansas Department of Education and we will […]
Watch the video to learn how one incredible young lady escaped years of abuse to find hope again thanks to the amazing team at the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter.