#SeeALICE Mythbuster Stories


In Arkansas, 41 percent of households cannot afford basic household essentials as they struggle to make ends meet. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, and it is a national research effort led by United Way that features a more comprehensive way to analyze poverty and financial hardship. These #SeeALICE Stories are an opportunity to listen to and amplify the heroic stories of ALICE households in Arkansas. 

These storytellers are ALICE in Arkansas. They are busting myths about ALICE to change the conversation, change who leads the conversation, and ultimately change behavior to ensure Arkansas’s economy serves everyone. 

Videos created with support from the Winthrop Rockefeller FoundationThe YarnCrystal C. MercerJeff Dailey Media, and Chris James.


Top Three #SeeALICE Mythbusters

Justin Booth, “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It” Mythbuster

(Little Rock, Arkansas)

Arnetta Pugh, “No Hard Worker Left Behind” Mythbuster

(Dumas, Arkansas)

Reyna Marquez, “Bootstrap” Mythbuster

(Sherwood, Arkansas)

Special Father’s Day Mythbuster Story

Kaleem Nazeem, “People Who Struggle Financially Just Need to Work Harder” Mythbuster

(Jonesboro, Arkansas)

“Until we are all free….”

Kenny Reams, “Our Criminal Justice System Works” Mythbuster

(Grady, Arkansas)

Telling a New Story

Luis Hernandez, “ALICE Households Have What They Need” Mythbuster 

(Little Rock, Arkansas)

For Immigrant Heritage Month

Vanessa Valdillez, “The American Dream Is Within Reach” Mythbuster

(Jonesboro, Arkansas)

Our Essential Workers

Janet Graige, “We Take Care of Our Caregivers” Mythbuster

(Fayetteville, Arkansas)

Value of Education

LaTasha Moore, “Academic Success Means Financial Success” Mythbuster 

(North Little Rock, Arkansas)

The above stories were selected by a panel for being asset framed, characterizing and humanizing ALICE in Arkansas, and providing a systematic analysis. Panelists were:

  • Miyah Bell, Project Coordinator, Philander Smith College Social Justice Institute (Little Rock, Arkansas)
  • Gina Gomez, Executive Director, El Centro Hispano (Jonesboro, Arkansas)
  • Anna Beth Gorman, Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Arkansas (Little Rock, Arkansas)
  • Abby Hughes Holsclaw, Senior Director, Arkansas Asset Funders Network (Little Rock, Arkansas)
  • Sarah Kinser, Chief Program Officer, Arkansas Community Foundation (Little Rock, Arkansas)
  • Raymond Omar Long, Director of Programs, Urban League of the State of Arkansas (Little Rock, Arkansas)