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Community Projects

1DERS: Diverse Energy for Reaching Solutions

Diverse non-profit community groups need assistance in meeting their goals. Other groups have the time and talent to assist them with their needs. Frequently, these groups are unaware of each other. With its Capstone Project, the DLI Group “1DERS” has developed a self-sustaining online conceptual vehicle – Partners For Promise – to act as a clearing house through which non-profit entities can come together to match needs and resources for the betterment of all segments of the community.

A Mother's Voice

Child Trends released a report citing that more than five million U.S. children have had a resident parent incarcerated at one point or another. While men make up 99 percent of the U.S. prison population, the number of women and mothers involved in the criminal justice system has grown significantly over the last 20 years.

Since 1991, the numbers of mothers in state and federal prisons has more than doubled, to an estimated 120,000. The majority of women are incarcerated for non-violent related offenses, like drug, property, or public-order offenses. 

The A Team

Celebrate Diversity Activity Book

Celebrate Diversity is an eight-page activity book for elementary age youth focusing on diversity, culture, and respecting differences. Students participate in facilitator-led group discussions and dyads, followed by time to color and complete activities.

All In

Uniting with Project Hope Foundation, Team All In, will assist in securing the renovation for a new and critical addition to their mission. Project HOPE Foundation has access to a residential house located adjacent to the Hope Reach Clinic in Woodruff, SC. 

This house will serve as a “real life” setting for teaching important life skills to individuals that will promote independence and a sense of contribution to those with autism. Skills taught in this home include the processes involved in bed making, cooking, laundry, grooming and self-care. 

Ask4HD (Ask for Human Diversity)

ASK4HD is committed to cultivating an experience of artistic expression for children who may seem different but are also very similar, and encouraging a celebration of this diversity through a process of co-creation. The group will build on a previous capstone project – “Mix It Up” – by the DLI Twenty Sixers (see: http://riley.furman.edu/diversity/group/2138).

Aurora

Aurora aimed to work with the elderly population of the Greenville community. To do this, Aurora focused on expanding an already existing project, Living Words, which works with the aged population in Spartanburg and introduces them to the art of creative writing through writing seminars and social gatherings.

These events aim to meet both the social and cognitive needs of the elderly. Aurora added a youth dimension to Living Words by recruiting high school students from the Greenville area to serve as teachers.

Behind the Headlines: Building a Community of Trust

Team Palmetto Focus’ capstone project is entitled “Behind the Headlines: Building a Community of Trust.” Troubled by a barrage of racial tensions evident in the media, Team Palmetto Focus aims to facilitate meaningful discussions about race in South Carolina. Winthrop University is home to the John C. West Forum, which will host the capstone group’s event. A West Forum panel event consisting of law enforcement, academic experts, and activists will be moderated and attended by Winthrop students as well as the public.

Big Steps : Little Steps

The group elected to support two charities. Big Steps is the Little Project and Little Steps is the Big Project. 

Big Steps:

The group partnered with the Teen Achievers with the YMCA, a group that encourages teens to seek higher education to overdrive that program. Teen Achievers asked the group for help creating a contact list for volunteer and success coaches, companies willing to provide job shadowing opportunities to teens, and recruiting inspirational leaders to speak to high schools in our community.

The Bike Hubbers

Project Name: Building Capacity for Momentum Bike Clubs

Team 4 of the Spring 2014 Upstate DLI Class has chosen a capstone project designed to strengthen the capacity of Momentum Bike Clubs, which was itself the outcome of an earlier DLI capstone project. A community initiative of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University, Momentum Bike Clubs provides mentoring support to youth living with multiple risk factors: persistent poverty, caregiver incarceration, and/or instability in home life.

The Bookworms

In an effort to encourage parent-child bonding and heighten community awareness of the importance of reading to and by young children, Bookworms partnered with Ready 4 Reading (www.ready4reading.org) to develop a network of partners and sustainability plan for the Ready 4 Reading’s Bookshelf Program. This program re-circulates gently used children’s books back into the community by making them available to low-income families through clinics, community centers, Head Start programs and schools.