The Masterplan Programs

The Masterplan Program

The MasterPlan Program focus on educational and workforces services/training in financial literacy, career development, soft skills, entrepreneurship, and effective parenting. It is designed to break the family poverty cycle and focus on bring awareness to families with children under the age 18 living in the home, increasing the number of participants receiving TANF services in targeted areas, and promoting the MasterPlan Program.

Who is eligible:

The program is available to head of households with children under 18 and high schoolers (teens) with children who live in the parents’ home. This program is available face to face, virtual, and online.

The Masterplan Program provide the following services:

  • Client’s in-take
  • Determining Clients Eligibility
  • Case Management
  • Individual support and needs assessments (benefit check)
  • Administering the MasterPlan program/services
  • Providing outreach services
  • Identifying and coordinating resources for new and existing TANF clients
  • Conducting intake assessments
  • Matching clients to career
  • Enrollment and follow-up
  • Well-Being Questionnaire

The overall goals for these services are (1) assist with closing the skill gap in low-income families and communities (2) breaking the family poverty cycle (3) to continue working with TANF to assist needy families in Arkansas, especially in the rural communities and the Arkansas Delta, with accessing TANF services and (4) assist TANF families in achieving self-sufficiency and sustainability through education, training, and workforce services.

Determining potential TANF client’s eligibility. Clients will comply with the state TANF eligibility criteria.

  • Be a resident of the state of Arkansas
  • Be a US citizen, national, legal alien, or permanent resident
  • Qualify as a low-income family
  • Be responsible for a child under the age of eighteen

Masterplan Components:

The MasterPlan Program is a six-week learning and training program, that consist of the following courses:

Financial Literacy

Financial literacy is the possession of the set of skills and knowledge that allows an individual to make informed and effective decisions with all their financial resources. The six-week program/curriculum will include understanding how a checking account works, savings, investing, comparing prices, establishing credit worthiness, what using a credit card really means, and how to avoid debt. Overall providing education and understanding of knowing how money is made, spent, and saved, as well as the skills and ability to use. Program offered online, virtual, and in-person.

Career Development

Career development is the process of learning and improving an individual’s skills so that they can get a job, do their job better, and/or progress to a better job. Individuals will have an on-going process by which involves a series of changes until they achieve their personnel level of achievement. The six-week program/curriculum will include learning about themself, exploring career options, making decisions/setting goals, basic computer skills, mock job interview, and planning for education. Program offered online, virtual, and in-person.

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be defined as personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people. The six-week program/curriculum for soft skills component will focus on the skills needed in today’s workforce and life. The essential soft skills are Leadership skills, teamwork, communication skills, problem-solving skills, work ethics, flexibility/adaptability, interpersonal skills, time management, language skills, personal habits and basic computer skills. Engaging in this component provide empowerment to work together on meeting goals and objectives as well as leads to improved efficiency and heightened productivity. Program offered online, virtual, and in-person.

Entrepreneurship (Entrepreneur)

Entrepreneurship is the activity of setting up a business or businesses and taking on financial risks in the hope of profit. The six-week program/curriculum provide an individuals will be learning the steps to becoming an entrepreneur (finding the right business; determining if education is needed; business plan, finding the targeted audience; networking; selling the idea and marketing) and that an entrepreneur is an individual who creates a new business, bearing most of the risks and enjoying most of the rewards. The individual will learn that the key to business success lies in three critical, interdependent components: operational excellence, customer relations/communications and financial management. Program offered online, virtual, and in-person.

Masterplan Graduation

After School Junior Masterplan Program

The Junior MASTERPLAN Program is designed to focus on educational and workforce services/training in the following areas (1) Financial Literacy; (2) Career Development; (3) Soft Skills; and (4) Entrepreneurship. The Junior MASTERPLAN Program is tailored to junior high and senior high school students, who are low-income and receive free and reduced lunch rates. These students will be able to participate in our year round Junior MASTERPLAN Program. The program will be available face to face, online, and virtually.

In partnership with Wilbur D. Mills University Studies High School with our Junior MasterPlan Program. The Junior MasterPlan Program is an afterschool program that provide the following focus:

    • Tutoring
    • Financial Literacy
    • Soft Skills
    • Career Development
    • Entrepreneurship

    Mon – Thur | 4 – 6:30 PM
    Wilbur D. Mills University Studies High School

    Junior Masterplan Session Breakdown

    Session One: All about: You & Your Goals*

    1. It’s all about YOU: Learning Yourself
    2. It’s all about You: Identifying Life Plans
    3. It’s all about You: Identifying keys to success

    Session Two: All about: You & Your Goals (cont’d)*

    1. Exploring Jobs & Careers
    2. Increasing Job-Seeking Skills: Resumes & Mock Interviews
    3. Exploring Post-Secondary Education: Colleges & Vocational Training

    Session Three: All about: Money, Money, Money*

    1. Understanding Money
    2. Budgeting & Savings

    Session Four: All about: Money, Money, Money cont’d*

    1. All about credit & banking
    2. Entrepreneurship/ How to start a business

    Session Five: All about: Relationships*

    1. Relationships/Communication
    2. Conflict Resolution
    3. Soft Skills

    Session Six: All about: Goals & Rewards*

    1. Completion of Master Plan
    2. Congratulations Celebration!!!

    Session Seven: All about: Motivations & The Future*

    1. Follow-Up (Stay Connected)
    2. Lifetime Member: Success Stories-Pay it Forward!!!

    * Tutoring services will be provided to all students as a part of each session

    You must attend ALL sessions of The Master Plan Program to receive a Certificate of Completion. Absences MUST be approved in advance AND coursework should be made up within 2 weeks