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Community Involvement

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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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.

STEM in Motion

Building on the success of a prior Capstone project (Class XIII), STEM in Motion aims at expanding the Dream Connectors program into a high school. Through an innovative partnership with Greenville County Schools and leveraging the strong network of various team members with business partners and local associations (such as Upstate STEM Collaborative, businesses, the Hispanic Alliance and Mentor Greenville), this exciting program formalizes an opportunity for Berea High School freshmen to learn about the academic and technical requirements, and soft skills required to succeed in a STEM career.

STEM Stars: Plant a Seed and STEMs will Grow

Partnering with Spartanburg County School District 7’s Mary H. Wright Elementary (MHW), DLI’s STEM Stars will support the integration of STEM curriculum into MHW’s 4th and 5th grade classrooms by providing curriculum. The curriculum will consist of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ A World in Motion (AWIM) and the WeDo Lego Education. MHW will upfit an existing classroom so their students can use the new STEM curriculum in a lab-type environment.

Storytellers

The Storytellers project is designed to develop an avenue for local schools to use the art of storytelling to teach the history of South Carolina. Storytellers will produce an oral history of the integration of Greenville County Schools and develop a lesson plan for middle school history programs. The oral history will weave period graphics with the videotaped personal interviews from actors who participated in the desegregation of GCS, including Secretary Dick Riley, AV Huff, Clyde Mayes, and others.

Swamp Rabbit Express - Strengthening Communities, Nourishing Lives

Approximately 76,000 students attend Greenville County Schools and about half of these student rely on the Food and Nutrition Program. This DLI group worked to expand student access to free, nutritionally balanced meals during the summer months.

Team One

The need for affordable, dependable after school care is real. The Boys and Girls Club filled this need for Allendale and Barnwell, providing high quality and affordable extended care. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints, the clubs had to close in 2016.

Team One recognized the void that was left by the Boys and Girls Club in Allendale and Barnwell. The team collaborated with Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands. The project mission was to study the feasibility of the Midlands BGC expansion and sustainability to Allendale and Barnwell. The group brainstormed with Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands, studied required resources, met with schools and parents, began base fundraising, and developed possible action plans to address potential roadblocks of expansion. As of June 2017, the team was continuing efforts to determine the acceptability of a new model that is used in the Midlands as well as fundraising efforts to augment this model as necessary in these counties.