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Dream Connectors

The primary goal of the Dream Connectors is to provide seventh grade students, primarily those from less advantaged backgrounds, with the opportunity to learn about diverse career opportunities available in the Upstate. The project consists of pilot programs that will connect students at the Hughes Academy of Science and Technology and Lakeview Middle School with Upstate businesses, namely BMW, Greenville Health System and Michelin.

The Dream Weavers

Dream Weavers focuses on one of the least visible aspects of poverty: children who are not homeless, but within their homes, do not have a bed to sleep in. The Dream Weavers team was inspired by similar activities undertaken by agencies in only a handful of other cities. Those cities have recognized that their populations have a certain percentage of children in poverty who live in homes but without beds.

Dreaming with the Fishes

“Dreaming with the Fishes” of the Lowcountry DLI partnered with the South Carolina Aquarium to support Dreamnight – a free night at the Aquarium for children with serious illness, special needs or disabilities, and their families. The South Carolina Aquarium is pleased to introduce Dreamnight to the Charleston community in 2015 with the support of the DLI group. We envision an evening in which invited families are able to enjoy unique educational experiences tailored to their needs, plus complimentary admission, food and beverage, and entertainment.

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:

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.

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.

Mozaik

Mozaik group members set their sights on providing an educational and fun summer program for many of the region's at-risk, or high-potential youth. Particular emphasis was placed on children between ages 7-12 living in the poorer peninsula communities around Charleston. Their vision culminated in the creation of a five-week night camp called "Camp Hope" that provides positive, educational experiences for these youth for five weeks during the summer. Team Mozaik utilized the power of partnership and brought together 24 agencies to partner in providing this camp.

New Vision

The New Vision project concept is to develop an implementation plan for a pilot program at North Charleston High School (NCHS) by replicating the PE4Life model as adopted by R.B. Stall High School. This program focuses on the impact of physical wellness and health on learning. The R.B. Stall administration made a commitment to restructure the physical education instruction at the school, to incorporate more aerobically-based activities, cross-cerebral games and aerobic dance.

95 North

Children and parents often spend a large amount of time in waiting rooms providing an ideal opportunity to reinforce the importance of early literacy. We identified the Reach Out and Read (ROR) program, an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud, as a model for our project. 95 North partnered with pediatrician, Dr. Dante Lewis, to create a "literacy rich waiting room" for his practice. Dr.

Path to Pattison's

Path to Pattison’s capstone project featured the charter school, Pattison’s Academy. The Academy provides training and therapy for children with serve disabilities. Respecting and valuing the mission and services that Pattison’s provides, the group chose to focus on those external customers servicing the Pattison’s students. To that end, the group interviewed Occupational Therapy students from the Medical University of South Carolina that work with the students at Pattison’s to gauge their readiness for interacting with the diverse student body.