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Community Projects

Team Hot Spot

Team Hot Spot aims to bridge the digital divide that is so prevalent in South Carolina by expanding broadband access for students. Many programs, such as Apple grants, provide educational devices for students. However, when the students go home, many of them do not have access to Wi-Fi and so cannot use the devices to work on homework assignments. Through various collaborations with technology officials and organizations such as Connect South Carolina, Team Hot Spot will establish four Internet connectivity centers for students throughout the state.

Team Leverage

Team Leverage aims to promote financial literacy especially among populations that have historically tended toward financial instability. Partnering with Origin South Carolina, Team Leverage will help people gain financial leverage over their circumstances through financial counseling. Team Leverage will make presentations at various businesses, especially sharing ideas with human resources coordinators to spread the message about financial literacy.

Team PASSION (Poverty Awareness – Simulating Struggles in Our Neighborhoods)

More than 46 million Americans live in poverty, and a third are living in low-income.  Every day under-resourced families face frightening insecurity characterized by unemployment or under employment, food and shelter insecurity, and a stressful day-to-day existence.  Team PASSION first focused its efforts on understanding the impact of limited resources on day-to-day living through their participation in the Missouri Community Action Partnership Poverty Simulation, a live event in which more than 100 participants were challenged to make it through a month while navigating unex

Team Youth Success

DLI participants from Midlands Class V, Team Youth Success, designed and enlisted community members in implementing a program for upperclassmen at the RN Beck Learning Center, an alternative school that was established to provide a second chance for students who are expelled from their regular middle or high schools in Florence County District One. 

Teen Achievers Champions

Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s belief that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” the Teen Achievers Champions are partnering with the YMCA of Greenville to help enhance and grow its Teen Achievers Program, which has Mr. Mandela’s belief at the core of its mission. More specifically, the YMCA Teen Achievers Program is a free program with a proven track record of helping participants stay in school by:

The Mobilizers

The “Mobilizers” capstone project seeks to provide every child in Greenville, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status access to safe, quality play and recreation. Children of ethnic and racial minorities and lower socioeconomic status are more vulnerable than other populations to obesity and related health conditions such as diabetes so improving access of these groups to activities which promote a healthy lifestyle is key.

The Next Generation

Members of the Next Generation decided to take on the lack of diversity management curriculum in education. In order to create a dialogue about diversity management in education, the Next Generation created a website, www.teachdiversity.org. As the project evolved, the group added to the website the following: recognition of award-winning programs in promoting diversity in education; lesson plans on diversity; books, videos and resources on diversity in education; grant opportunities; and conferences on diversity.

The Renovators

Outdoor play is crucial for physical and social development for all young children, but especially for children at risk. The Renovators adopted the playground at Park Hills Early Learning Center in Spartanburg School District 7, a school recently established to serve the most at-risk zero to four year olds in the school district. After researching best practices, we raised $4,800 through corporate sponsorship to provide age-appropriate playground equipment that promotes social, cognitive and physical development of young children.

The Riley Factor

The Riley Factor mission is to enhance the academic success of our children and the economic success of our community by promoting early literacy. We developed the READ Babies Project to emphasize our theme, “Read Early and Develop (Successful) Babies”.

The Sixth Sense

Upstate Diversity Connections was formed to provide a forum for sustaining the enthusiasm and expertise of the Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative graduates once they have completed their formal diversity course requirements. The inaugural event was held November 28th, 2007, at Michelin. Former Secretary of Education Dick Riley and several local leaders spoke about their experiences in diversity management. Brock Koonce and Greenville Forward have agreed to sustain the effort and to host all subsequent events.