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Community Action Projects

WICnic

The WICnic Group seeks to improve health and life success prospects for economically disadvantaged children in South Carolina by providing families with greater access to nutrition counseling and healthy food options. We opted to leverage an existing USDA program – Women, Infants & Children (WIC) – that is administered in South Carolina by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) (www.scdhec.gov/wic). Research has shown that WIC plays an important role in improving birth outcomes, containing health care costs and improving children’s diets, among a long list of benefits. But barriers, such as transportation, prevent many who need the service from receiving it.

Workgroup 4

Workgroup 4 decided to use its networking skills to assist the Darlington County School District begin a “Youth Apprenticeship Program” in Darlington County. The group used various contacts to pull in the State Director for Youth Apprenticeship and the contact at the Florence-Darlington Technical College for a meeting at the Darlington County Institute of Technology, a logical venue for Youth Apprenticeship.  With the help of Workgroup 4, the new Director of the DCIT has networked with the Darlington County Economic Progress Board to identify businesses that would be willing to sponsor a youth apprentice this coming fall.  As a by-product of the group’s work, the Darlington County School District is weighing its own options of becoming a Youth Apprentice sponsor.

World Changers Dream Team

The World Changers Dream Team partnered with approximately 50 students participating in the 21st Century after-school program at Pendleton Elementary School on a month-long project that explored both personal and social responsibility. The team facilitated opportunities for the 3rd through 6th grade students to learn about personal responsibility through a financial literacy curriculum and practice social responsibility by completing service projects together in small project teams.

York: M.A.L.E. C.A.L.L.

Our Goal: M.A.L.E. C.A.L.L. will empower male students in Rock Hill middle schools academically, socially, physically and emotionally.

Our Mission Statement: Through M.A.L.E. C.A.L.L., adult male role models and representatives from the Rock Hill Police Department will actively seek to establish a strong bond with middle school male students while instilling in them positive character traits, respect for others, and the value of education to assist them in becoming well-rounded, young men of integrity who contribute to the society in which they live.

Your Friends 4

Recognizing the pervasive threats to children posed by the internet and other digital communication devices, and the desire for parents, grandparents, teachers, and others to more fully understand these threats, Your Friends 4 sought to develop a program that would inform all those concerned with the safety of our children. Cyber threats are not unique to any one demographic. The abuses and dangers of this technology touch children from all walks of life. The diversity focus of this project is as broad as one can define diversity.

YLO: Youth + Law + Order

The Youth Link program is a partnership between the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM), the South Carolina Bar’s Young Lawyer Division and the City of Columbia Police Department that seeks to make a more meaningful connection between teens, young lawyers and law enforcement officers through program delivery and relationship-building. Initially, the program will be located at BGCM’s Norman Arnold Teen Center in the Rosewood community. The goal of the program is to increase knowledge and understanding of the laws and public policies that govern our daily lives while also creating positive interactions between youth, lawyers and law enforcement officers. 

Zentrum City

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