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PW Chop

Phillis Wheatley Culinary arts for Healthy Outcomes Program

A centerpiece of the Nicholtown community, Phyllis Wheatley has been serving the Greenville area for 97 years. Situated in an area of high poverty, the neighborhood is considered a food dessert and the health of the community’s residents has been profoundly affected. PW CHOP, the Phyllis Wheatley Culinary Arts Program for Healthy Outcomes, is the collaborative effort of DLI class 24’s groups 3&4. 


QOLIG, or Quality of Life Index Group, identified the need to study the high school dropout rate of South Carolina students. As the number of students who drop out before the 12th grade continues to grow, group members recognized the need for a form of mentorship to take place between the students and their community. Through their examination of high school dropout rates in South Carolina, QOLIG members constructed a website that presents a great deal of information related to the escalating dropout rate.

REAP: Reading Enrichment from Away Parents

The REAP team mission is based on a program called “Books Beyond” that was established at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. The program aims to strengthen the bond between children and their incarcerated parents through books. The REAP program is carried out in three simple steps: first, volunteers work with inmates to choose collected, donated, or purchased books that they would like to share with their children. Second, those books are then read and recorded onto a recording device.

Road Runners

The Road Runners' project was to create a resource guide for newly-arrived immigrants that explains and presents the key customs, services and expectations of the Upstate community that would help ease the integration process. The Road Runners recognized that there were both explicit and implicit challenges integrated into the Upstate culture making it difficult for immigrants to integrate.


The group called RSVP examined the impact of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law on Greenville's school district, especially Title I schools. They discovered that nowhere is it more urgent to achieve the goal of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) than at Title I schools, those schools that serve the highest concentrations of children eligible to receive meals at no cost or for a reduced charge. The most important lesson learned from our study is the recognition of the magnitude of the challenges facing our Title I schools.

SAFY - Specialized Alternative for Families of Youth

Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) is a national non-profit organization that provides a continuum of services for children and youth in child welfare and juvenile justice system. Specifically, it assists foster children with a range of services to create an environment that positively impacts their lives and the lives of their families and their communities.   SAFY currently has three chapters in South Carolina, including one in the upstate.

Second Chancers

The Second Chancers project is working with a local task force to improve opportunities and recidivism rates for reentering citizens (the ex-offender population). High recidivism rates is a national problem that impacts all areas of our society, from local families to our national economy.  Here in South Carolina there are approximately 1.1 million adults (about 1 in 3) with a criminal record.

Seeds of Health

“Planting the Seeds of Change for Healthier South Carolinians”

The Seeds of Health Group of the Low Country DLI partnered with EdVenture Children’s Museum and Novo Nordisk to develop a series of family engagement outreach events focused on diabetes prevention and awareness in a targeted community as a pilot project.  The Seeds of Hope group plans to replicate this model and to share these resources with other communities in South Carolina where group members reside. 

Smart Board

Smart Board members developed a tool kit to assist board members when hiring individuals to a Board of Directors position within a non-profit organization. Using "Hands on Greenville" (HOG) as the target organization, group members completed an analysis of the community that HOG serves as well as an inventory of its board members and the constituencies it currently targets. From this analysis, group members devised a tool kit that would be instrumental in the process of attracting new and diverse people, who would add to the diversity management of HOG's board.

$mart Exchange

South Carolina is ranked 48th in the state for Financial Literacy.  Team discussion and assessment of the need for young adults to have basic financial knowledge and related skills is the foundation for this educational offering.  The group believes this curriculum will serve as a foundation for future programs of a similar nature, and engage the expertise of community leaders and volunteers as program sponsors, speakers, and faculty.  The target audience is Technical college entry-level participants 18-22 years of age, and the 30-minute program is projected to be a requir