The EAST Initiative is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Funding is provided by the Arkansas Department of Education, as well as public and private grants and individual and corporate donations. Additional funding will allow us to expand our assistance in the following areas:
Technical Training for Students
Training sessions are held year-round at training centers in Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas, as well as periodically at regional locations. EAST programs from around the country send student representatives to receive seed training which is then relayed to their classmates.
Professional Development for Facilitators
The EAST model of education is very different than the traditional approach used by most educators. In EAST, instructors are called facilitators and are specifically trained to guide and encourage students as they identify community problems and seek to solve them. The facilitator acts as a resource guide and a sounding board. Ongoing professional development is required on an annual basis.
As the number of schools with EAST programs grows, so does the need for funding. The Initiative provides site support to help schools effectively implement and manage their programs, as well as training for students and facilitators, Vision Building workshops for schools interested in starting EAST programs and orientation workshops for school administrators. It also sponsors events such as the annual EAST Conference, a Summer Seminar for facilitators and EAST Night Out, a national open house event. The EAST After Hours grant program expands the EAST experience to after-school programs.