LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)-- Half a million dollars is on the line for Arkansas.
Last year, the Central Little Rock Promise Neighborhood was created among six organizations and it beat out 300 applicants to receive $500,000 in federal money.
The goal is to track students in high-risk neighborhoods and make sure they succeed in life.
"I had a few go onto college and a few go into the military," says Youth Intervention Specialist Charlie Bruce.
Bruce works at Little Rock's Youth Initiative Project, which has been around for several years.
"They are able to have free hot lunch and if they are participating all week long, we go on to outside activates, we take them skating and bowling and swimming," says Bruce.
State Senator Joyce Elliott is a team leader for the Promise Neighborhood.