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Guides 4 Good

“Walk in My Shoes” leverages city leadership support to allow a number of justice workers across disciplines to act as mentors to the youth enrolled in Goodwill® GoodGuides®' 52-week, school-based mentorship program. “Walk in My Shoes” also provides program enhancements at the launch of the engagement, a special neighborhood walk for the group to build greater empathy, and an incentivized “graduation” celebration upon completion of the full program for the youth and their families.

The Home Team

The plight of homeless teens in the Midlands is often an invisible problem to the general public. In one given night in January 2016, over 300 youth between the ages of 18 and 24 were experiencing homelessness--just in the Midlands. As children age out of foster care, they may have limited options for a place to sleep, education, a job, a future. There are resources to help, and The Home Team partnered with Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter to expand awareness of the issue of homeless teens and the resources available to them.

IMPACT (Influencing My Peers as a Caring Team)

Project IMPACT was designed to raise poverty awareness high school student leaders in the Greenville community.  A specialized program provided a venue for 9-12th grade students to identify diversity blind spots and influence change in their school communities.  The inaugural program, held December 9, 2016, included over 50 student council class representatives from Greenville and Mauldin High Schools. Student leaders participated in a live-action poverty simulation designed to highlight everyday challenges some peers may face.

Impact 2020

Impact 2020 committed to supporting the identification of candidates to be future leaders in the political arena. The team partnered together with the “Go-Lead” program from the Greenville YWCA to accomplish this goal.The mission is to have a positive impact on the future of individual political involvement from underrepresented groups (women and minorities), as well as to develop a model which can be sustained through future community leaders.

In Sync

In Sync group members examined the Anderson County Human Resources Council in order to understand and assess the success/failure of the council in achieving its objectives. They also wanted to measure the impact that the council had on the Anderson community. By conducting surveys and compiling results, group members found a strong disconnect exists between the council and the community. Also, the council is severely under-funded as well as non-representative of the Anderson population at-large.

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

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.

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.

Mix It Up

Mix It Up utilized a previously established national program named Mix It Up. The program is designed for high school students to spend one session of lunch sitting with randomly selected students, as opposed to their standard group of friends. Once at the table with these new students, a facilitator walks them through some questions about the similarities and differences they have with these new students as well as their typical lunch mates. Mix It Up took this idea and implemented it in the cafeterias at Michelin, NA headquarters and at the Greenville Health System.