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Community Projects

Capstone Creatures

The Capstone Creatures' starting point question was "Has the physical separation of the programs of United Ministries in three separate buildings on two different sides of the street created more than a physical division among the staff?" The Capstone group did a cultural audit and interviewed staff and volunteers associated with the organization. The group discovered that the geographic diversity problem (two sides of the street) was more relevant than the more traditional diversity issues of race and gender.

Career Academy

The Career Academy Project consists of an advisory board of leaders across various career fields with a mission to promote access for underserved youth. The advisory board will work with Kids on Point (KOP), an intense year-round afterschool and summer program. KOP engages at-risk children from the start of their education careers and beyond. The Career Academy Project focuses on “the beyond” to expose students to local businesses, like MUSC and Boeing, by creating shadowing and internship opportunities.

Career Motivators

Career Motivators created Project GROWL (Getting Ready for your Opportunity to Work, Laugh, and Learn) to help Midlands high school students secure and retain their first jobs. A job is the first rung on the ladder of being engaged in society. A young person's perception of the working world is formed during his or her first job. Twenty-four Richland County School District Two students received training in the application process and the opportunity to talk directly to hiring managers.

Carried Away

Team Carried Away chose to help people in their communities get where they need to go by taking action to address an ongoing need in the Lowcountry and Grand Strand communities – transportation. The lack of transportation creates challenges for all members of a community. This need is also supported by the Our Health, Our Future Tri-Country Health Improvement Plan 2018 – 2023 which recommends that area organizations “support and expand efforts to reduce barriers to transportation” in an effort to provide access to care and improve the health of individuals, families, and communities in the Tri-County area. 

CDs

Recognizing the existing language barrier and lack of bilingual services available, the goal of the CDs was to suggest a more streamlined process of performing daily operations at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Members of this group completed case studies concerning the needs of those individuals that come to the DMV and do not speak English.

Change Agents

The Change Agents sought a way to help individuals who have been disenfranchised by homelessness and/or mental illness.  Partnering with the Triune Mercy Center—an agency actively involved with this overlooked population—group members developed a landscaping project in conjunction with the existing Triune renovation.

Charleston Justice Project

The Charleston Undertold History Map team, now called the Charleston Justice Project, is aiming to create African-American history walking and driving tours that highlight many of the lesser-known facts about civil rights in the area. The project will unfold in five phases, including paper maps, physical markers denoting such places of interest as former lunch counters and slave import center Gadsden’s Wharf, an interactive map, school curriculum, and an app.

Chester: Cyclone Focus

Cyclone Focus is a program specifically targeting 8th grade boys who are determined to be at risk based on social and academic factors and will follow them through their senior year of high school. Through community advocates, students in this program will be provided mentors who will build their character and confidence and will allow them to realize their potential and develop into future leaders. 

Mission: The mission of cyclone focus is to ensure students receive character building, exposure through advocates who will build their confidence allowing them to realize their talents and develop into future leaders.

Civil Rights Road Trip Project

The Civil Rights Road Trip Project is grounded in a desire to find a home for an existing collection of invaluable South Carolina civil rights history resources that will:

Come Yuh

Placing special emphasis on the growing Hispanic community in the Lowcountry, members of the Come Yuh team focused on ensuring healthcare to all people by overcoming language barriers. Group members presented information about the disproportionately high percentage of the minority population, and Hispanics in particular, who live below the federal poverty line and are uninsured. The team surveyed local health care providers to assess the need for interpreters and to examine existing barriers to providing primary health care to Hispanics with limited English proficiency.