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Eleraffes

Eleraffes group members examined diversity in Greenville County, by focusing on the Senior Choice Program at the Northwest Crescent Center. This location was chosen because of the assortment of activities it provides for all age groups in the community. The Eleraffes conducted interviews with program directors and participants of the Senior Choice program in order to learn more about the program and its demographics.

Embrace SC

Embrace SC has created a website that can be utilized as a tool for companies who are targeting and recruiting diverse candidates to the Midlands. Mindful of the negative perception that many people still have of South Carolina, the group’s website provides links to organizations, activities and relevant resources in the Midlands that cater to diverse individuals in the following categories:

Empathy without Apprehension

Empathy without Apprehension’s goal is to improve the interactions between law enforcement and youth. By facilitating the interactive game Juvenile Justice Jeopardy, the Greenville Sheriff’s Department will be able to expand their community outreach to teens in the county. The game teaches youth about the justice system and helps them understand their legal rights as well as the consequences of certain actions. Juvenile Justice Jeopardy has been successfully implemented around the country and this DLI project will be the first time it is introduced to South Carolina.

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.

Flexdawgs

The Flexdawgs created a website, www.greenvillediversity.org, to exemplify community building efforts in Greenville. The purpose of this website is to not only "spread the word about successes in the Greenville area," but also to explore areas of improvement in our community. The website features diversity as it relates to Greenville’s economy, education, its community, the arts and diversions.

Fusion

With the general belief that young people are the future leaders of South Carolina and must be taught diversity issues, members of Fusion geared their interest towards the seniors of Clarendon County’s public and private high schools. Their goal was to build leadership skills, relationships, and community among these high school seniors by planning a community service project. Members of Fusion partnered with City Year Columbia and the Clarendon community to achieve their goal.

Gangbusters

The Gangbusters Group was key to the launching of the BeRight! Project of Bible Way Church of Atlas Road. This project aims to provide resources to parents and/or young people in order to prevent and address negative lifestyle behaviors (gang activity, truancy, teen pregnancy, etc). Through their hotline, BeRight! is able to refer clients to a variety of resources to help them with their specific concern. Gangbusters was able to bring together the important ingredients to launch this project in a very public way.

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.

Genuine Nine

Genuine Nine reaches out to Local School to fight for Literacy

Genuine Nine saw too clearly how dangerously South Carolina teeters near the top with inadequate public education, high drop-out rates, and illiteracy. Genuine Nine wanted to make its project impactful by fighting for literacy realizing that parents hold the key in ensuring educational success for their children – particularly in the early years.

Greenville: Give It A Tri

All students want to be successful, but many students do not know HOW to be successful in the multiple facets of high school. All students have questions as they transition from year to year, but most are unaware of who can provide answers to their questions. The combined support of families, school personnel, and law enforcement officers can help struggling students learn to communicate effectively with others, to advocate positively for themselves, to formulate positive, trusting relationships between school and home, and to become integral participants in school activities.