The TASC Mission:
Our mission is to encourage youth ages 13-19 to realize their full potential by providing free support services that promote the development of responsible and productive members of the community.
The TASC Vision:
TASC is a safe and inviting place where youth, parents, community members, and staff work together to develop practical and emotional supports and opportunities designed to encourage, empower and connect teens and their families. We seek to:
- Encourage... teens to reach their personal, educational, relational and professional goals through service learning experiences.
- Empower...teens to take control of their futures through counseling and mentoring opportunities.
- Connect...teens to opportunities and resources they need within their communities.
The History of TASC:
The story of the Teen Action and Support Center has been one of growth and development over the past six years. It all started in the fall of 2004 as a group of community members got together to discuss the growing need for support services for teens in Northwest Arkansas. After researching the area's current resources, the focus group determined that it was necessary to create a new organization that would provide an array of free services just for teens. This group, along with a youth-led advisory team, felt that a positive empowering approach to services would be essential in helping young people in the community to become successful adults.
The Teen Action and Support Center became a non-profit agency in April of 2005 and, thanks to many volunteer hours, opened its doors on New Hope Road in October that same year. Upon the initial open, TASC launched In Service, a program for students who wanted to participate in meaningful service to the community. The groundwork was also laid for Counseling Services for families with teenagers who were experiencing challenges that required crisis intervention or therapeutic care. Mary's Closet was then added to the program list as a means for teens in need of physical resources due to financial strain. Although it was a program idea from the start, First Steps has recently been fully developed to serve teens who are pregnant or currently parenting with physical and educational resources.
In 2010, the Teen Action and Support Center found itself in the market for a new space. With the help of numerous volunteers and corporate teams, TASC's second site opened on Poplar Street to be the primary counseling location as well as the site of First Steps.
Today at TASC:
TASC now maintains all four programs - In Service, First Steps, Mary's Closet and Counseling Services - while looking for ways to improve and meet new needs of local teenagers. None of what the Teen Action and Support Center does is possible without the support of the local community. The Tour de Fun is TASC's annual fundraising bike ride. It is the only community-wide fundraiser for TASC and all proceeds go directly back to the service of teens. We encourage all who believe in the TASC mission to get involved as a volunteer, through the Tour de Fun, or even as an online contributor. With continued support, TASC will be able to sustain its programs and walk alongside teens who thrive!!