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Manning Snyder

Manning Snyder
Porter Gaud
Charleston, SC

Manning’s EPL project was two-fold. His first project was a school book sale which had many layers. Books were donated from and purchased by the school community of Porter Gaud. The leftover books were collected and stored for delivery to Title 1 Schools in the fall. Over $1,000 was raised for the Charleston Freedom School, an organization that helps combat the literacy issue in Charleston. His second project involved the Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM). The CAJM is a group of 28 different congregations that come together to fight injustice. The focus for the most recent meeting was "housing for all". Manning attended their final meeting of the year and was inspired by the efficiency of the organization and the extensive research conducted by the group which exposed the housing crisis in Charleston. Additionally, he has created a club in his school and inspired his classmates to attend next year’s meetings and to become involved in the community.

"Attending EPL was a truly life-changing experience-- the leadership skills acquired in the program along with the relationships made with the EPL staff and participants will last a lifetime. Regarding my project, it was amazing seeing how much good can stem from a loving community inspired by selflessness and care for others. The book sale was a huge success and attending the CAJM assembly restored my faith in humanity and in the strength and power of active political participation."