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Picture Perfect

Flashes of Hope is a volunteer-driven organization focused on children’s cancer, and children with life-threatening illnesses. Through partnerships with hospitals and camps serving children with life-threatening illnesses, Flashes of Hope brings in professional photographers to take photographic portraits of children and their families.  The photo sessions, with professional photographers and make-up artists, provide a temporary reprieve from the stress associated with treatment.

PossibiliTEEs

Team PossibiliTEES wants to increase the number of at-risk youth who are exposed to the game of golf, while imparting the life skills which are associated with the game. By partnering with the First Tee of Greater Charleston we hope to build a successful, beneficial and long-term relationship with the students of the Charleston County School District. Initially, PossibiliTEES in collaboration with First Tee of Greater Charleston will offer this exemplary outreach program to the upper grades at Memminger Elementary School located in downtown Charleston.

Road Runners

The Road Runners' project was to create a resource guide for newly-arrived immigrants that explains and presents the key customs, services and expectations of the Upstate community that would help ease the integration process. The Road Runners recognized that there were both explicit and implicit challenges integrated into the Upstate culture making it difficult for immigrants to integrate.

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.

Seeds of Health

“Planting the Seeds of Change for Healthier South Carolinians”

The Seeds of Health Group of the Low Country DLI partnered with EdVenture Children’s Museum and Novo Nordisk to develop a series of family engagement outreach events focused on diabetes prevention and awareness in a targeted community as a pilot project.  The Seeds of Hope group plans to replicate this model and to share these resources with other communities in South Carolina where group members reside. 

Spokes and Wheels: Connecting the Dots

The Spokes and Wheels project is a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands to introduce youth, ages 13-18 years old, to biking in a summer program to be sustainable over time. The group’s goals are to promote health/physical fitness, develop young peoples’ skills, encourage confidence with reliable relationships and, as the program develops, mentors. Activities would include bike repair, bike riding, safety and field trips in partnership with bike shops and clubs in the Midlands as well as the City of Columbia Police Department.

STARTS (Serenity Through the Arts)

STARTS, or Serenity Through the Arts, aims to connect Serenity Place with Converse College to create a sustainable art therapy program. Serenity Place is the residential arm of The Family Effect, a Greenville non-profit that provides rehabilitation for addicted mothers and their children.

Students of art therapy at Converse will incorporate the visual arts, music, and other creative outlets to help mothers and children make progress emotionally and developmentally.

Team Great Expectations

Team Great Expectations decided to volunteer with the Florence Crittenton House in Charleston, SC. Florence Crittenton is a non-profit organization that provides young, pregnant women with comprehensive services aimed at helping them become self-sufficient and responsible mothers. Through their volunteer work in home/garden improvement projects and meal preparations, Team Great Expectations was able to address problems in health, housing, and finances for a previously underserved population of the Lowcountry community.

Team Homegrown

Gardens of Change was started to create an opportunity to help improve the health and well-being of people who live in food deserts across South Carolina. In partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands the first Garden of Change was planted in Columbia SC in the Spring of 2015 in hopes of expanding the number of gardens in South Carolina to all of the Community Centers and Schools where the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands operates programs.

The Gladiators

Group members of The Gladiators sought a way to promote and encourage healthier nutrition among children in the Upstate.  Currently, the Greenville County School District has implemented a successful healthy nutrition program at AJ Whittenberg Elementary School.  The district is seeking to expand this program to ten additional schools for the 2011-12 school year.