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Spartanburg 7: Viking Alliance

Team members (l-r): Cameron Collier, Nicole Thompson,
Margaret Peach, Machelle Thomas, Don Mims

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


  • Increase the Opportunities to Build Relationships
  • Increase in Exposure and Awareness of Available Opportunities for the Student’s Pre and Post graduation
  • Exposure to College and to Increase the Number of Students Graduating from High School Ready for College and Career 
  • Networking Opportunities with other Mentors, Business Owners, and other Professionals
  • Exposure to Mentoring and Developing Skills to Enter into the Workforce as well as Learning Skills Necessary to Maintain Jobs
  • Decrease in Potential Gang Involvement
  • Decrease Discipline Issues at School and Home

Selection Process:

  • Recommendations from Administrators
  • Recommendations from Teachers
  • Recommendations from Guidance Counselors
  • Input and Recommendations from Parents
  • Recommendations from School Social Workers
  • Input from Interested Students
  • Review of Students Grades, Attendance, Behavior

Other details:

  • My Brother’s Keeper + Tiger Alliance= Viking Alliance
  • Provide continuous support via mentoring from the middle level to the high school level and beyond.
  • Students from the Middle School (Carver Elite Organization-CEO) will become a part of My Brother’s Keeper and/or Tiger Alliance at the high school based requirements.  

Sample Topics:

  • Character/Integrity
  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Dressing for Success
  • Sexual Harassment-what is this and what does it look like?
  • Using Resources at School and in the Community
  • Applying of College
  • Etiquette
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Peer Pressure versus Good Decision-Making