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Community Action Projects

Catalytics

Ca•ta•lyst \ˈka-tə-ləst\ : an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action.

Recently for Project Upstate Together, a project of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, 133 upstate leaders were asked, “What explains the relative weakness of the Upstate economy?” Eighty-five percent said, “Low levels of aspiration among Upstate young people for post-secondary education.”

CDs

Recognizing the existing language barrier and lack of bilingual services available, the goal of the CDs was to suggest a more streamlined process of performing daily operations at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Members of this group completed case studies concerning the needs of those individuals that come to the DMV and do not speak English.

Challenger

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CHAMPS

CHAMPS "Columbians Highlighting Advancing Millennial Professionals Symposium”

The group’s idea is to introduce and engage young professionals (the "millennials") in exposure to diversity at work, as there is a definite need for diversity training and exposure with this particular age group who are just starting out in their careers. 

Change Agents

The Change Agents sought a way to help individuals who have been disenfranchised by homelessness and/or mental illness.  Partnering with the Triune Mercy Center—an agency actively involved with this overlooked population—group members developed a landscaping project in conjunction with the existing Triune renovation.

Charleston: A Warrior H.O.M.E.

Project H.O.M.E. (Helping Others Mirror Excellence)
www.projecthomesc.org

Data: According to Charleston County School District (CCSD) there were 277 homeless students that resided in the north zone during the 2015-16 school year. 67% of the homeless students that attend CCSD schools live in the north zone. There are four high schools in the north zone, R.B. Stall, North Charleston, Garrett, and Military Magnet. R.B. Stall High School is the largest Title 1 school in CCSD with over 1300 students. Seventeen homeless students attended R.B. Stall in 2015-16. Student breakdown consisted of 6 freshmen, 4 sophomores, 2 juniors, and 5 seniors.

Charleston Undertold History Map

The Charleston Undertold History Map team aims to create African-American history walking and driving tours that highlight many of the lesser-known facts about civil rights in the area. The project will unfold in five phases, including paper maps, physical markers denoting such places of interest as former lunch counters and slave import center Gadsden’s Wharf, an interactive map, school curriculum, and an app. Development funding sources for all of these projects are still under consideration, but the mayor’s office is likely to prove helpful in the coming months.

Citizen Shapers

World Citizen Showcase will be an inspirational, one-time, competitive arts-based event involving eighth-grade students from one school from each of Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties. The project seeks to increase student engagement and foster their creative thinking, self-expression, goal setting, and career aspirations at a critical transition point between middle and high school.

Civil Rights Road Trip Project

The Civil Rights Road Trip Project is grounded in a desire to find a home for an existing collection of invaluable South Carolina civil rights history resources that will:

College & Career for Cougars

College and Careers for Cougars (C&C)
A Collaborative to Support NCHS Seniors

Developed by Team Two of the 2015 Lowcountry Program
Furman University’s Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative

In her October 2015 letter to the community, Natrese Dorsey, North Charleston High School (NCHS) Senior Class President, invited the community to “peel back the stigma and tear into the hope” within the members of NCHS’s senior class. It is our team’s goal to take Natrese up on her invitation.