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Families In Training (F.I.T.), Inc. develops good citizenship in youth, young adults and their families through strong academic support, a demanding boxing program, and a connection to the community through educational classes, enriching programs and voluntary service.


How We Serve

Families In Training (F.I.T.), Inc. currently serves 25 students between the ages of 7 and18, with 35 more on our waiting list.  The number of individuals waiting to enter continues to grow.  More than 75% of the enrolled students live within a 3-mile radius of the gym, many of whom are residents of the nearby public housing apartment communities. Their families benefit by taking advantage of educational & life skills training as well as witnessing and participating in our hands-on coaching methodology.


F.I.T. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Every dollar contributed helps to shrink our waiting list and allows us to serve more students to serve families.


Our team has been making a difference in the lives of youth and families for over 12 years.  Since 2007, we have been operating out of a shared space.  This building has become overcrowded due to it being smaller in size.  Our current enrollment has grown to 27 active youth, not to mention our recent marketing efforts has gained us 38 more youth and young adults on our waiting list, and is cost prohibitive to maintain.


Our program focus is that our students to graduate from high school with expanded expectations for their own futures. While graduation rates are hovering around 80 percent for Pulaski County schools. schools, the truth is that they are not reaching competitive levels of academic success and their ACT/SAT capabilities are suffering. Through exposure to myriad enrichment opportunities we’re able to provide our students with a pathway to forming a love for learning. We expose them to careers, colleges, trades, arts and healthy lifestyles that propel them to become positive and productive members of society.


For the last several years, we have spent monies out of pocket to fund and grow our program, and included as many students as have need. In early November, we were finally able to lease a building of our own! Please help us to prepare our building to create, engage, and develop.



Create a safe and productive space for Pulaski county kids from the toughest neighborhoods to develop better self-esteem, higher achievement, and a connection to their communities through volunteer service!



Engage families to become partners in their coaching and community, including those who have been inspired to change their own lives by returning to school!



Develop strategic neighborhood partnerships with other businesses, organizations, and individuals who can work together to enhance all our missions, including those of Families In Training (F.I.T.), Inc. thus improving the quality of the lives of those in the community


Help us enrich lives! Our children DESERVE to be safe, off the streets and have more positive options that will keep them out of jail or the grave. These kids are more than capable of achieving the highest levels of success. Help us get them there by supporting Families In Training (F.I.T.)!


$25 - provides school supplies for our students, including pencils, notebooks, folders, scissors, glue, colored pencils, crayons, etc.


$50 - provides athletic equipment, including jump ropes, boxing gloves, head gear, cups and mouth guards


$100 - purchases academic resources, including flash cards, SAT/ACT preparation materials, and educational games


$250 - provides supplemental educational activities, including gardening, GED, parenting, financial management, and art and music classes, camp, and other related programming.


$500 - provides academic enrichment programming through engineering, computer programming and technology workshops.


$1,800 - provides an annual sponsorship for one of our students; Monday through Friday, all year long

You can also make a huge impact on our students and our community by becoming a volunteer today!


TUTORS –  We strive to ensure our students receive daily academic support, annual assessment, and assistance with their homework, studying, and project work. We are looking for volunteers to tutor our students in all subjects. Tutors are needed Monday through Friday, from 4:00pm until 7:00pm. We ask that you commit to at least one day per week. Consistency and stability are very important for our students’ success. All tutors must pass a background check.


DRIVERS – We want to offer our students free transportation to and from the gym each day. We need volunteer drivers Monday through Friday from 2:30pm until 4:00pm, and from 7:00pm-8:30pm. All drivers must pass a background check and provide a copy of their driving record.


MENTORS – In our efforts to provide our students with opportunities to explore different career paths, F.I.T. is looking for volunteers to share their career stories with our kids. Perhaps you’re able to provide one-on-one sessions to discuss educational paths, potential internships, or training. Maybe there is an opportunity for the student to shadow you at your place of employment.


YOUNG PROFESSIONALS – F.I.T. is building a core of young professional volunteers to assist with event planning and execution, fundraisers, newsletters and mailings, and field trip events for the students.  We assist youth &young adults with job skills training, interview techniques, money management, life skills and more. 


If you’re interested in supporting in any of these roles, please don’t hesitate to contact us: Make Checks Payable to: 


Families In Training (F.I.T.), Inc. & submit to mailing address below.

Phone: (501)909-1364


Mailing Address:  2601 W. 12th St. Little Rock, AR 72202

Physical Location:  2237 E. 8th St. North Little Rock, AR 72114



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Great Cause! 2 years ago