Our Vision

Every child enters adulthood prepared to reach their life's full potential. 

Our Mission

We ignite, equip, and empower children and youth to pursue their passions through holistic development.

What We Want To Do

Foster a collective impact approach that coordinates youth-serving organizations and agencies to connect every child to what they need to succeed in school, career, and life.

Provide intermediary support and technical assistance that connect youth serving organizations with tools and resources to make what they do more equitable for each child.

Maximize youth leadership potential through youth leadership development programs by tapping into the passions of young leaders to address real-world issues.

Better Start Foundation Values

 We are COMMITTED to EQUITY: We will stay the course until every child in Arkansas has access to what they need to succeed in school, career, and life. 

We make IMPACT: We want results for children and youth now.


We are STRATEGIC: We create sustainable results that transform lives not just immediate circumstances.


We are TRUSTWORTHY: We are honest and transparent about all our undertakings.


We COLLABORATE: It takes a village. We believe there is strength in numbers.


We are YOUTH DRIVEN: We listen to and put what we learn from our children and youth to work. We leverage the power of story telling by letting them tell their own stories.


We are INNOVATIVE: We are not tied to an old model or philosophy. We care about one thing: Igniting the social mobility of each child and youth we serve. Innovation does not mean recreating the wheel which is why we promise to stay up-to-date on the latest research about what works to help youth create the best future for themselves.