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Community Involvement

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.

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.  

Team 20/20

20/20 team members chose to create a diversity leadership program for young professionals in the Charleston region. Inspired by their own encounter with diversity leadership, group members wanted to share their experience with a growing population of young professionals in the region and set out to develop the Charleston Young Professionals Diversity Academy. Team 20/20's plan is designed to educate young professionals on diversity initiatives and create a business community of young professionals that is diversity-conscious.

Team D-LIGHTT

Team D-LIGHTT (Diversity Leaders Initiative Group Helping Teach Tolerance) partnered with the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry for its project since teaching children tolerance must begin at an early age and should include exposing them to a diverse range of people, ideas and experiences. The Museum provides a place for children to interact in an educational and enriching environment that fosters tolerance, understanding and appreciation for all types of people regardless of race, culture, age, class, gender, physical ability or other differences.

Team 5 Alive

During the first project meeting, team member and pediatrician, Dr. James Simmons shared that he recently lost three patients in a house fire. He questioned the need for smoke alarms in homes. Everyone sympathized with James. Team member and City of Beaufort Fire Chief, Reece Bertholf shared that fire detectors are often in homes but are not working. Reece also shared a safety tip some of us were not aware of and that is sleeping with your bedroom door closed can buy you minutes needed to escape and stay ALIVE.

Team Get Together

OUTLINE: “Team Get Together” presents the Charleston Privilege Walk as our Capstone Project.

NEEDS ADDRESSED: The goals of this group were to create a piece of art that would live on after project completion, one that would speak directly to concepts learned during the DLI, and one that gives viewers—despite their level of comfort on the subject—a subjective piece that would allow them to internalize the conversation around privilege and show how we are all affected by its existence.

Team Great Expectations

Team Great Expectations decided to volunteer with the Florence Crittenton House in Charleston, SC. Florence Crittenton is a non-profit organization that provides young, pregnant women with comprehensive services aimed at helping them become self-sufficient and responsible mothers. Through their volunteer work in home/garden improvement projects and meal preparations, Team Great Expectations was able to address problems in health, housing, and finances for a previously underserved population of the Lowcountry community.

Team Homegrown

Gardens of Change was started to create an opportunity to help improve the health and well-being of people who live in food deserts across South Carolina. In partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands the first Garden of Change was planted in Columbia SC in the Spring of 2015 in hopes of expanding the number of gardens in South Carolina to all of the Community Centers and Schools where the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands operates programs.