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Community Involvement

Opportunity Bridge

Opportunity Bridge identified a partnership with Bridges to a Brighter Future to engage rising seniors during their summer break with job and volunteer experiences that align with their individual interests. Bridges to a Brighter Future is a nationally recognized program investing in high school students demonstrating high potential and challenging circumstances, beginning in ninth grade and expanding throughout their college experience.

Out and About: Connecting Kids to Opportunities

The biggest predictor of test scores and college access in the United States is income. There is a disparity in opportunities that students have access to outside of school, and evidence that this gap is widening.  Recognizing this problem in Greenville and that the experiences of each individual in our group positions us to be able to be part of the solution, Out & About: Connecting Kids with Opportunities decided to pursue ways to increase the diversity of opportunities for low-income children in Greenville.

Over the Horizon

Over the Horizon group members aimed to teach the importance of cultural diversity through an abstract way: understanding biodiversity. Taking students from two culturally diverse high schools in the Lowcountry, group members led these students on an exploration of Bulls Island, a wildlife refuge of Cape Romain. Through an excursion into the wild, these students learned how the interdependence of plant and animal life could relate to the interdependence of the diverse cultures and heritages of the Lowcountry. 

Pay It Forward

Building upon the success of two prior Capstone projects, Team Pay It Forward partnered with a program with proven results: Momentum Bike Clubs (MBC). MBC mission is to positively impact the development of young people through mentoring relationships by establishing bike clubs in underserved communities.

Pencil Pushers

Pencil Pushers focused on a sustainability plan for the Teacher’s Supply Closet. The Teacher’s Supply Closet provides free supplies for K-12 Teachers in Charleston, Berkley and Dorchester counties. Over the last ten years, the Teacher Supply Closet has gone from serving teachers working at schools with 100% of students in poverty to now serving schools with 79% poverty index. In the next few years they hope to expand to schools with a 50% poverty index.

Picture Perfect

Flashes of Hope is a volunteer-driven organization focused on children’s cancer, and children with life-threatening illnesses. Through partnerships with hospitals and camps serving children with life-threatening illnesses, Flashes of Hope brings in professional photographers to take photographic portraits of children and their families.  The photo sessions, with professional photographers and make-up artists, provide a temporary reprieve from the stress associated with treatment.

PossibiliTEEs

Team PossibiliTEES wants to increase the number of at-risk youth who are exposed to the game of golf, while imparting the life skills which are associated with the game. By partnering with the First Tee of Greater Charleston we hope to build a successful, beneficial and long-term relationship with the students of the Charleston County School District. Initially, PossibiliTEES in collaboration with First Tee of Greater Charleston will offer this exemplary outreach program to the upper grades at Memminger Elementary School located in downtown Charleston.

Project A.W.A.R.E.: (Fostering) Awareness Within an All-Inclusive and Respectful Environment

PROJECT A.W.A.R.E. is a three-hour instructional program on diversity, including its definitions and its importance, which will be delivered to ninth-grade students at Columbia High School in their Advisory Groups.  Each year thereafter the Advisory Groups would deliver similar diversity instruction to the incoming ninth grade class, thus sustaining the momentum.

Project Discovery

Project Discovery is the result of an innovative partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate, Carver Middle School and DLI that provides 18 high-performing students with an opportunity to get an interactive view of three Upstate employers. Boys & Girls Club members will get an in-depth look at facilities and feature hands-on activities and informal discussions with business leaders to discuss future career options and study.

Project 7831

Project 7831 group members examined the inaccessibility of the banking system to the minority population, particularly the state's African-American population. The team researched statistics related to those who use banks and revealed in their presentation that a low percentage of minority citizens utilize banks when compared to their total percentage in the population.