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Community Involvement

VGER: Public Transportation—Greenville, SC

VGER Team members focused their project on studying the issue of public transportation in Greenville County and examining the current Greenville Transit Authority (GTA) transportation system in Greenville. The team conducted a survey to determine the current perception of public transportation in Greenville. They found that an overwhelming majority of those surveyed owned their own form of transportation and had never used GTA for public transportation.

Village Flyers

The Village Flyers Project (VFP) creates a bicycle club to serve middle school students in the underserved community of Plantersville in Georgetown County. Scheduled to debut next summer, VFP is based on Momentum Bike Clubs, a proven model successful in upstate South Carolina. It is aided by affiliation with the Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative Capstone Service Project. VFP uses an intentional approach to engage youth within their communities in a manner that affirms their assets and strengths.

Voices of Diversity

Many people believe poetry is relegated solely to academics or to those possessing a specific artistic disposition.  But because everyone has a story to tell, the Voices of Diversity team is convinced anyone can become a poet. Through the writing and telling of our own unique stories, we can better know and understand ourselves, and others in our community.  

Wake Up Carolina

The purpose of Team Wake Up Carolina’s project is to inform the state of South Carolina about the prevalence of opioid addiction. Through the spread of personal testimonies of the effects of drug abuse, Wake Up Carolina will communicate its life-saving message about the signs of opioid addiction at schools, churches, police departments, and other locations. The project’s goals are to break stereotypes about drug addiction and to “turn the light on” when it comes to awareness of opioid addiction for communities around the state.

Walking with the Doc

The GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 21-mile multi-use trail that extends from Greenville to Travelers Rest. The beauty of the trail is that it affords all residents – no matter their age, race, or athletic ability – the opportunity to get fit and be active. However, research shows that less than 10% of Swamp Rabbit Trail users are non-white. This is especially troubling given that physical inactivity is a leading cause of chronic diseases like heart disease, which minorities are already at greater risk of developing.

Watch D.O.G.S.

WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads of Great Students) is an innovative father-involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering. WATCH D.O.G.S., a K-12 program, invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles or other father figures to volunteer at least one day at their child’s/student's school during the school year. Individuals sign up at a kick-off event such as a “Dads and Kids Pizza Night,” “Donuts with Dad” or in the office at any time throughout the year.

The Welcome Table

We have seen, through our short time together, the benefit of shared conversation and discovery in our small groups.  Each encounter has resulted in coordinated ideas and connectivity around a myriad of causes about which we are passionate. Additionally, we are unified in our desire to expand our intimate circle to include other perspectives, cultures, and ideas.

Why Not Charleston?

“Why Not Charleston” aims at launching the Lowcountry DRC program, a cutting edge recruitment strategy that helps attract and retain top talent while promoting diversity throughout our State. As a team, the group will identify and secure local ownership of the DRC initiative, grow the critical mass of members and provide communication tools/resources to sustain its growth.

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.