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Community Involvement

Road Runners

The Road Runners' project was to create a resource guide for newly-arrived immigrants that explains and presents the key customs, services and expectations of the Upstate community that would help ease the integration process. The Road Runners recognized that there were both explicit and implicit challenges integrated into the Upstate culture making it difficult for immigrants to integrate.

SAFY - Specialized Alternative for Families of Youth

Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) is a national non-profit organization that provides a continuum of services for children and youth in child welfare and juvenile justice system. Specifically, it assists foster children with a range of services to create an environment that positively impacts their lives and the lives of their families and their communities.   SAFY currently has three chapters in South Carolina, including one in the upstate.

Seeds of Health

“Planting the Seeds of Change for Healthier South Carolinians”

The Seeds of Health Group of the Low Country DLI partnered with EdVenture Children’s Museum and Novo Nordisk to develop a series of family engagement outreach events focused on diabetes prevention and awareness in a targeted community as a pilot project.  The Seeds of Hope group plans to replicate this model and to share these resources with other communities in South Carolina where group members reside. 

Smart Board

Smart Board members developed a tool kit to assist board members when hiring individuals to a Board of Directors position within a non-profit organization. Using "Hands on Greenville" (HOG) as the target organization, group members completed an analysis of the community that HOG serves as well as an inventory of its board members and the constituencies it currently targets. From this analysis, group members devised a tool kit that would be instrumental in the process of attracting new and diverse people, who would add to the diversity management of HOG's board.

$mart Exchange

South Carolina is ranked 48th in the state for Financial Literacy.  Team discussion and assessment of the need for young adults to have basic financial knowledge and related skills is the foundation for this educational offering.  The group believes this curriculum will serve as a foundation for future programs of a similar nature, and engage the expertise of community leaders and volunteers as program sponsors, speakers, and faculty.  The target audience is Technical college entry-level participants 18-22 years of age, and the 30-minute program is projected to be a requir

Spartanburg 6: Cavaliers Care

The Cavaliers Care Program is a program designed to provide support resources for students that help them focus on career goals, making better decisions, overcoming adversity and obstacles, improve soft skills, and improve their overall academic achievement. Students that have made poor choices are referred to the program instead of being suspended out of school for long periods. The program keeps students at school where we can provide counseling and support designed to help them to be successful.

Spartanburg 7: Viking Alliance

Through mentoring, the project will expose young males to diverse life activities, develop strong ethical character and provide models of positive leadership.

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Spectrum

Resource Engagement for Regional Minority Business Growth

A regional minority economic development plan was recently created through the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments. This plan, called “The Strategy: Minority Business Partnership” (MBP) outlines the path to grow minority businesses in the Charleston region. One important need identified in the MPB is for minority business owners to develop “actionable relationships.” These relationships can only be developed as business owners leave their silos and connect with community leaders who can be resources to grow their businesses. The MBP suggests that one method to achieve this is for minority business owners to serve in leadership roles with chambers of commerce.

Spokes and Wheels: Connecting the Dots

The Spokes and Wheels project is a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands to introduce youth, ages 13-18 years old, to biking in a summer program to be sustainable over time. The group’s goals are to promote health/physical fitness, develop young peoples’ skills, encourage confidence with reliable relationships and, as the program develops, mentors. Activities would include bike repair, bike riding, safety and field trips in partnership with bike shops and clubs in the Midlands as well as the City of Columbia Police Department.

START: Summer's Timeless Adventure, Read Today!

The START team targeted a serious but not fully appreciated problem affecting young readers: summer reading loss. Studies have shown that children lose between 9 and 12 weeks of reading skills during the summer break. For below-average readers, the cumulative loss has a critically adverse impact on a child’s reading development.