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Community Action Projects

Picture Perfect

Flashes of Hope is a volunteer-driven organization focused on children’s cancer, and children with life-threatening illnesses. Through partnerships with hospitals and camps serving children with life-threatening illnesses, Flashes of Hope brings in professional photographers to take photographic portraits of children and their families.  The photo sessions, with professional photographers and make-up artists, provide a temporary reprieve from the stress associated with treatment.

Poinsett People

The Poinsett People’s Team objective was to devise a project which would provide young people of middle school age from very low income backgrounds with the opportunities, skills and forum/voice to positively influence their community in a lasting and impactful manner.

PossibiliTEEs

Team PossibiliTEES wants to increase the number of at-risk youth who are exposed to the game of golf, while imparting the life skills which are associated with the game. By partnering with the First Tee of Greater Charleston we hope to build a successful, beneficial and long-term relationship with the students of the Charleston County School District. Initially, PossibiliTEES in collaboration with First Tee of Greater Charleston will offer this exemplary outreach program to the upper grades at Memminger Elementary School located in downtown Charleston.

Prism

Members of Prism focused on a desire to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to embrace, learn, and grow from their individual diversity. They sought to unify the community by raising awareness about the experiences of children in South Carolina.

Project A.W.A.R.E.: (Fostering) Awareness Within an All-Inclusive and Respectful Environment

PROJECT A.W.A.R.E. is a three-hour instructional program on diversity, including its definitions and its importance, which will be delivered to ninth-grade students at Columbia High School in their Advisory Groups.  Each year thereafter the Advisory Groups would deliver similar diversity instruction to the incoming ninth grade class, thus sustaining the momentum.

Project C.O.O.L.: Celebrating Others through Opportunities in Learning

Members of Project C.O.O.L brought together a diverse group of high school students from various schools in the Lowcountry to create an opportunity for them to mirror some of the experiences that DLI participants experience throughout their class interactions. Group members aimed to create an opportunity for discussion after sharing two activities in the community.

Project Discovery

Project Discovery is the result of an innovative partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate, Carver Middle School and DLI that provides 18 high-performing students with an opportunity to get an interactive view of three Upstate employers. Boys & Girls Club members will get an in-depth look at facilities and feature hands-on activities and informal discussions with business leaders to discuss future career options and study.

Project Kaleidoscope

Project Kaleidoscope recognized the struggles of non-profit organizations to recruit and maintain diverse boards. Project Kaleidoscope developed a questionnaire to study successfully-diverse non-profit boards in order to provide information on how they recruited and maintained diverse boards.

Project 7831

Project 7831 group members examined the inaccessibility of the banking system to the minority population, particularly the state's African-American population. The team researched statistics related to those who use banks and revealed in their presentation that a low percentage of minority citizens utilize banks when compared to their total percentage in the population.

Project Word Up

Project Word Up is designed to bring focus to the concept that all people possess leadership traits. In order to do this our plan is to develop The Leader in Me program at a school in Greenville County. This program is an innovative, school wide model that increases teacher effectiveness, student engagement, and academic achievement, while preparing students to be leaders in the 21st century. The Leader in Me takes the seven traits from the book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and applies them to a school.