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Community Action Projects

Trail Blazers

Members of the Trail Blazers decided to analyze the connection between poverty and poor performance in the classroom by third and fifth graders. Through their research, they presented striking evidence that there is a direct relationship between the two. They also showed that the opportunity for impact to be made on this disparity closes rapidly between the third and fifth grade.

Triple A Student

The “AAA” student initiative was designed around the concept that with the right attitude and aptitude a student can excel  regardless of their background – in other words- lift his/her altitude. The purpose of the program is to provide educational opportunities to all students that will enhance the current offerings of Beaufort County School District in the areas of character development, networking skills, effective communication, conflict resolution, and problem solving techniques through such mediums as the arts and community service.  

Turning Leaf Community Impact Art Project

The Turning Leaf Project (TLP) is a program aimed in reducing recidivism amongst high risk inmates’ by helping them transition positively back into their community through the use of cognitive behavior therapy. TLP has been in search of a way to bring together current inmates participating in the program with previous victims of crime in a positive setting that promotes positive, genuine interaction.

2012 CUED In! (Calendar of Upstate Events on Diversity)

To promote diversity education and awareness, CUED-In produced a 'Diversity Calendar' for the Upstate. The calendar highlights events that bring new viewpoints, cultures, and traditions to the community. With the calendar, CUED-In hopes to give a human face to diversity through photos highlighting diverse peoples, events and even foods. This calendar promotes the inclusion and acceptance of diversity, and will be distributed across the Upstate.

2025 Diversity Road

Members of the 2025 Diversity Road team focused on initiating discussions among elected city and county officials about community relations in terms of diversity. Members used a model community in terms of race, age, and gender. In studying a workforce composition, members found a disparity of minorities in the work force compared to their population percentages. Members also focused on community tensions that might present a problem when looking at population and diversity.

Tween

Recognizing, valuing, and respecting the differences between themselves and others, members of Tween came together to share their own diversity with the students of Midlands Middle College. Members of Tween visited the Midlands Middle College to learn more about the school and its students. As a result of the visit, they set their goal to use the diversity of their strengths, life experiences, and vocational journeys in order to provide assistance to the students.

Uni-Form-Ity

Adopting uniforms is an increasingly common strategy to create a sense of equality and social harmony in public k-12 schools.  Although the costs of uniforms are typically low in absolute terms, they can be relatively high—even prohibitive—for some families. Uni-Form-Ity seeks to meet this challenge by assisting Berea Middle School, which is located near Furman University. The school plans on requiring uniforms beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.

Union: Arresting Hunger

Arresting Hunger is a collaborative effort between Union County Schools and local law enforcement agencies to provide backpacks of food for identified middle school students so that they will be fed on weekends. The team has reached out to local businesses, industries, and faith-based partners to help initiate, grow, and sustain the project through both monetary contributions and donations of specific food items.

Upstate Drivers

Upstate Drivers recognized a need for a forum that would allow DLI graduates to remain in contact as well as to continue promotion of diversity in South Carolina. Therefore, group members proposed the idea of forming "The Upstate of South Carolina Diversity Council," whose primary purpose would be to provide this forum that will support successful diversity management within our communities.

ValueD LIves

Wanting to recognize outstanding schools in the Upstate region meeting central qualities of diversity, VALUED LIVES group members have established “The William ‘Bill’ T. Wylie VALUED LIves Award for School Excellence in Diversity” for the winning school that exhibited these qualities: