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Community Involvement

Investing in Islanders

For a number of years enrollment at St. John’s High School on John’s Island has been declining. Students are being lured away by magnet and charter schools and other opportunities, leaving the school at a disadvantage with lower student numbers and funding. In an effort to create opportunities for the current student body and to better compete for potential student enrollment, St. John’s High School embarked on a strategic planning process. To that end, a strategic plan was established with several goals. One goal is to create internship opportunities for St.

iUpstate

Upstate South Carolina boasts the highest international investment per capita than any other region in the United States. With such high numbers of “ex-pats” (ex-patriots) moving into the area each year, iUpstate identified the need for a comprehensive, user-fed website that provides answers to some of the most common questions asked by these internationals, regardless of country of origin. The website is located at www.iUpstate.org

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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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.

Leadership Landscape

The Leadership Landscape Speaker Series is a program designed to bring local leaders with diverse backgrounds, and from a variety of different industries, into public elementary, middle and high schools to talk to students about the path to professional success. Many of the speakers identified for this series will share the characteristic of being distinctive in their respective fields due to their gender, racial, or ethnic background.

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.