Posted 2/3/2014 12:00 am
Philip Adams started work on Jan. 6 as director of Arkansas Promise, a program designed to improve education and career opportunities for low-income Arkansas teenagers with disabilities.
Promise, which stands for Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income, is funded by a five-year, $32 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
“This position appeals to me because of its holistic approach to service delivery,” Adams said.
He became involved with Promise while working in the governor’s office, coordinating the participation of several state agencies in the grant application process. The grant will provide first-time, paid work experiences for 1,000 low-income Arkansas teenagers with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income and who are between the ages of 14 and 16.
Brent Thomas Williams, associate professor of rehabilitation education and research at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, is the principal investigator of the grant and oversees the project. “Philip Adams has been involved in this grant project since nearly the day we began the process of applying for it,” he said. “We are fortunate that he was interested in continuing with the project in the important role of leading the day-to-day operations.”
Adams, who formerly worked as special assistant for agency and legislative affairs in Gov. Mike Beebe’s office, graduated from Fayetteville High School in 2000 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Hendrix College in Conway. His responsibilities in Beebe’s office included regular work with the Arkansas Department of Health & Human Services.