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Community Involvement

Keepers of the Promise

Keepers of the Promise partnered with Charleston Promise Neighborhood in support of their mission to “provide every child in our Neighborhood with a clear path to college” by broadening their foundational work on the College Quotient – CQ PrepBook. Keepers of the Promise aided in definition of market assessment and viability for the CQ PrepBook which provides weekly activities for Grades 1-5.

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Background/Situation Analysis

On the Road Again is a project of the South Carolina Foster Parent Association which provides donated cars to foster care youth who are at least 18 and not yet 21 years old, actively employed, pursuing a GED or engaged in a post-high school educational program. With adequate transportation, these young people are able pursue their goals of continuing education and employment, allowing for a more successful transition into adulthood.

Kicks for Kids

Kicks for Kids group members are working to increase minority participation in youth soccer in Greenville County. On Martin Luther King Day 2011, group members will bring children to the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy to participate in a clinic led by area college men’s and women’s soccer coaches. Group members will also carry out a second event in June 2011, which will also open the new Kroc Center field in downtown Greenville.

Know Difference

Members of the Know Difference Team recognized that often good news is overshadowed by the bad news in today’s society. Know Difference decided to promote South Carolina’s good news…already existing, dynamic youth programs that have daily impact and address diversity. Team members reviewed three programs and narrowed their focus to Unite Summerton. Unite Summerton brings together students from two local Summerton schools one public, Scotts Branch, and one private, Clarendon Hall, to celebrate and promote diversity amongst young people.

Laurens: Raider Ready

Raider Ready aims to expound upon our existing ninth grade bridge program. The transition from four small community schools to one large 4A/5A high school is difficult for all students, but particularly for at-risk students. The bridge program currently serves approximately 60 students (fifteen from each school) and is essentially focused around extension activities involving reading and mathematics. The existing bridge program meets Monday-Thursday beginning on June 7 and ending on June 24 from 8 AM until 12 PM daily. Parents provide transportation.

Lexington-Richland: Classroom to Community Connection

Classroom to Community Connection heavily relied on the belief that the experiential learning of positive affinity coupled with the art of giving, would increase a middle school student’s appreciation of charity and decrease the presence of negative early teen apathy. The group partnered up with Richland/Lexington Five School District's Dutch Fork Middle School and had a total of 90 participants all ranging from 12-15 years of age. Each participant was tasked with completing a minimum of twenty "good deeds" within 35 days.

Lunch with Deputies

Lunch with Deputies members developed a model for a youth mentoring program to be implemented by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office in collaboration with the Town of Hollywood and local schools within the Charleston County School District. The program, aptly named Lunch with Deputies, will foster positive relationships between rural youth and law enforcement. The program consists of school-based lunchtime interactions, summer field trips, and a year-long mentoring component to help 6th grade students develop important life skills such as decision making and problem solving.

Melanges

The group anticipates exciting and unique activities in the schools drawing on the creativity of the teachers and the resources of our team. Team members hope that music, art, literature, poetry, social studies, geography, sports, etc., will be encompassed in the “Diversity Awareness Week” and the team is committed to ensuring that these activities not cost the school anything as Team Melange will provide the resources to staff and promote the week as needed.

Mentor Match Makers

Epworth Children’s Home cares for children ages four to eighteen that have been victims of abuse or neglect. Children come to Epworth from across South Carolina via government placement through the Department of Social Services or private placement, often by a pastor or grandparent. Located on a beautiful 32-acre campus in Columbia, Epworth provides a safe nurturing environment.

Merge

Members of Merge emphasized addressing the current needs of non-profit organizations in Columbia that utilize the diverse talents of local professionals. Their focus was to give beyond monetary donations by also giving of their own time and talents. Members of Merge achieved this goal by creating a pool of volunteers consisting of themselves and colleagues to volunteer at various non-profit organizations that would most benefit from advisory work.