Welcome to the Accessing Choices in Education (ACE) program at the American Indian Center of Arkansas. ACE is a five-year demonstration program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
The ACE Program offers a variety of academic, training, and mental health services to enhance the lives of Native American youth in Arkansas. Whether you are in primary school or a graduating senior, we encourage you to explore the many resources we offer to prepare you for success.
Our goal is to provide a standard of excellence through exceptional services that support Native American youth throughout their primary and secondary school matriculation. The ACE Program will begin accepting applications on April 1, 2021.
If you are eligible for the ACE program, apply now!
Members of a federally-recognized-tribe, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian
Descendants of a parent or grandparent who meet the above requirements
Permanent residents in Central or Northwest Arkansas
Indian youth in primary or secondary school
Youth 18 years or younger (will accept high school seniors that are 19 years old)
Services will be offered to eligible students who reside in one of the following Central or Northwest Arkansas counties:
Student Sevices Contact Form
What We Offer:
The ACE program provides a variety of educational choices tailored to each students academic needs.
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Sponsored by The American Indian Center of Arkansas, the Department of Labor through the WIOA Section 166 grant, SAMHSA through the Native Connections Grant, and the Department of Education through the ACE Grant.