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Community Projects

Explorers

The Explorers aim to spread an understanding of and appreciation for diversity to students. The Waccamaw River is essentially the only separation between the attendance regions for St. James and Conway High Schools, but students from these two high schools generally have very different day-to-day experiences, mainly because of disparate backgrounds. The Explorers aim to bridge this gap, partnering with such organizations as Coastal Carolina Community College, in understanding between students from these two schools by bringing them together through education.

Family Promise

“It could happen to you.” Family Promise was created to establish and facilitate a community-wide network that would provide a safety net for families experiencing unforeseen emergencies. In partnership with GAIHN—the Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network—the group sought to raise funds to support homeless families by providing emergency shelter, meals, and short-term housing to help families achieve self-sufficiency and self-fulfillment.

Flashes of Hope - Midlands

Flashes of Hope South Carolina Midlands will provide a myriad of volunteers to come together from many diverse backgrounds for the purpose of capturing professional and lovingly memorable photographic images of pediatric patients with life-threatening diseases, disorders, and injuries like cancer, sickle cell, and trauma. This program will be offered to many who may not have the ability to pay for such services, but certainly will not remain exclusive to them.

Fostering Greatness

DLI Group 2 formed a partnership with a local Greenville nonprofit, Fostering Great Ideas (FGI), to increase their pool of mentors by 25%, with a focus on increasing the diversity of mentors so that children in foster care can be mentored by someone with whom they can easily identify. You can learn more about FGI at FGIonline.org.

Fostering Hope

Team Fostering Hope has partnered with Fostering Great Ideas (FGI), an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children as they struggle in foster care (fgionline.org). Currently in Upstate South Carolina, there are 1,642 children in foster care and only 900 foster families. Seven hundred and forty two more foster families are needed TODAY so that every child can live with a family while in foster care.

The Gap Busters

Funding is often the greatest obstacle to obtaining a college degree. Even with lower tuition costs at Midlands Technical College (MTC) and the financial resources available through state and federal student aid programs, students still need money for tuition, books and living expenses. These expenses have the potential to leave a “gap” and may prohibit a student from attending class; the gap amount may be as low as a few hundred dollars, which can cover a car repair expense, a sudden homeless situation, a utility bill, or a minor unexpected illness.

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.