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Diversity Awareness

Project Discovery

Project Discovery is the result of an innovative partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate, Carver Middle School and DLI that provides 18 high-performing students with an opportunity to get an interactive view of three Upstate employers. Boys & Girls Club members will get an in-depth look at facilities and feature hands-on activities and informal discussions with business leaders to discuss future career options and study.

REAP: Reading Enrichment from Away Parents

The REAP team mission is based on a program called “Books Beyond” that was established at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. The program aims to strengthen the bond between children and their incarcerated parents through books. The REAP program is carried out in three simple steps: first, volunteers work with inmates to choose collected, donated, or purchased books that they would like to share with their children. Second, those books are then read and recorded onto a recording device.

SAFY - Specialized Alternative for Families of Youth

Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) is a national non-profit organization that provides a continuum of services for children and youth in child welfare and juvenile justice system. Specifically, it assists foster children with a range of services to create an environment that positively impacts their lives and the lives of their families and their communities.   SAFY currently has three chapters in South Carolina, including one in the upstate.

Smart Board

Smart Board members developed a tool kit to assist board members when hiring individuals to a Board of Directors position within a non-profit organization. Using "Hands on Greenville" (HOG) as the target organization, group members completed an analysis of the community that HOG serves as well as an inventory of its board members and the constituencies it currently targets. From this analysis, group members devised a tool kit that would be instrumental in the process of attracting new and diverse people, who would add to the diversity management of HOG's board.

Sojourners

From the outset, Sojourners sought to develop a Capstone Project that would broaden the discussion of diversity among upstate youth. Our team believes that achieving trusting interpersonal relations, which bridge racial, economic, gender, religious, ethnic, and other cultural and social boundaries is critical to building peace. Providing a forum where young people may discover, understand, welcome and celebrate the similarities and differences among people will serve to provide new pathways and real opportunities for sustainable inclusive communities.

S.O.L.E.S.

Members of S.O.L.E.S. (Strengthening Our Leaders, Engaging Society) worked with Youth Leadership Greenville students and asked them to capture their “views” of diversity through photography. Each student was given a digital camera and photos were judged by Upstate DLA Class VI. The photos chosen were published in a 2008 multicultural calendar and distributed to area businesses and non-profit organizations. In addition, a gallery showing and reception for the finalists and their photos will take place at the Clemson University ICAR Gallery in early 2008.

Spartanburg 6: Cavaliers Care

The Cavaliers Care Program is a program designed to provide support resources for students that help them focus on career goals, making better decisions, overcoming adversity and obstacles, improve soft skills, and improve their overall academic achievement. Students that have made poor choices are referred to the program instead of being suspended out of school for long periods. The program keeps students at school where we can provide counseling and support designed to help them to be successful.

Spartanburg 7: Viking Alliance

Through mentoring, the project will expose young males to diverse life activities, develop strong ethical character and provide models of positive leadership.

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Resource Engagement for Regional Minority Business Growth

A regional minority economic development plan was recently created through the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments. This plan, called “The Strategy: Minority Business Partnership” (MBP) outlines the path to grow minority businesses in the Charleston region. One important need identified in the MPB is for minority business owners to develop “actionable relationships.” These relationships can only be developed as business owners leave their silos and connect with community leaders who can be resources to grow their businesses. The MBP suggests that one method to achieve this is for minority business owners to serve in leadership roles with chambers of commerce.

Surviving Humanity

Surviving Humanity team members focused on the vision of creating a Lowcountry Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner to celebrate regional diversity achievements and success. They modeled their dinner on the existing Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner. Awards will be given to nominees in several categories, including college student, high school student, business, individual, etc. Using the Upstate model, the group hopes to create community partnerships that will help realize the goal of an annual Lowcountry event sponsored by numerous regional organizations.