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Community Action Projects

Team Youth Success

DLI participants from Midlands Class V, Team Youth Success, designed and enlisted community members in implementing a program for upperclassmen at the RN Beck Learning Center, an alternative school that was established to provide a second chance for students who are expelled from their regular middle or high schools in Florence County District One. 

Teen Achievers Champions

Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s belief that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” the Teen Achievers Champions are partnering with the YMCA of Greenville to help enhance and grow its Teen Achievers Program, which has Mr. Mandela’s belief at the core of its mission. More specifically, the YMCA Teen Achievers Program is a free program with a proven track record of helping participants stay in school by:

The Gladiators

Group members of The Gladiators sought a way to promote and encourage healthier nutrition among children in the Upstate.  Currently, the Greenville County School District has implemented a successful healthy nutrition program at AJ Whittenberg Elementary School.  The district is seeking to expand this program to ten additional schools for the 2011-12 school year.

The Good News Bears

The Good News Bears (GNB) of the Upstate DLI sought to find an interested community partner to assist adults who may be underemployed or unemployed. GNB plans to design practical, relevant sessions to support adults interested in preparing for job interviews, connecting with community resources, and receiving educational support on a variety of topics.

The Mind Builders

“Call me Mister Success”

A recent report calls the achievement by African American males in the United States a 'national catastrophe'. The study states that African American males continue to perform lower than their peers throughout the country, no matter what the measure. One specific area pointed out in the study is education.

The Mobilizers

The “Mobilizers” capstone project seeks to provide every child in Greenville, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status access to safe, quality play and recreation. Children of ethnic and racial minorities and lower socioeconomic status are more vulnerable than other populations to obesity and related health conditions such as diabetes so improving access of these groups to activities which promote a healthy lifestyle is key.

The Next Generation

Members of the Next Generation decided to take on the lack of diversity management curriculum in education. In order to create a dialogue about diversity management in education, the Next Generation created a website, www.teachdiversity.org. As the project evolved, the group added to the website the following: recognition of award-winning programs in promoting diversity in education; lesson plans on diversity; books, videos and resources on diversity in education; grant opportunities; and conferences on diversity.

The P.O.M.B. Squad

The P.O.M.B. Squad focused on the participation of women and minorities on high-profile boards in Upstate South Carolina. Team members analyzed the representation of women and minorities on nine boards with significant social and economic impact and found that the representation of women and minorities on these nine boards was not an accurate representation of the demographic composition of the Upstate. Additionally, the P.O.M.B. Squad concluded that steps needed to be taken towards expanding the number of women and minorities represented on these boards.

The Renovators

Outdoor play is crucial for physical and social development for all young children, but especially for children at risk. The Renovators adopted the playground at Park Hills Early Learning Center in Spartanburg School District 7, a school recently established to serve the most at-risk zero to four year olds in the school district. After researching best practices, we raised $4,800 through corporate sponsorship to provide age-appropriate playground equipment that promotes social, cognitive and physical development of young children.

The Riley Factor

The Riley Factor mission is to enhance the academic success of our children and the economic success of our community by promoting early literacy. We developed the READ Babies Project to emphasize our theme, “Read Early and Develop (Successful) Babies”.