Greenville Dreams trains new class of neighborhood leaders


Sixteen men and women volunteering to make a difference in their neighborhoods are the most recent graduates of Greenville Dreams’ Grassroots Leadership Development Program.

Working in partnership with United Way of Greenville County, the City of Greenville and the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority, Greenville Dreams consists of neighborhood leaders from Special Emphasis Neighborhoods in Greenville County collaborating to focus on facilitating positive community changes through resident-centered neighborhood development. Greenville Dreams works directly with neighborhood association leaders to help build on the strengths and assets already present in their neighborhoods. Training and peer support are provided in the areas of problem-solving, successfully managing and leading a neighborhood association, planning and goal-setting, available resources and effective communications skills.

The Grassroots Leadership Development Program, which has trained more than 100 community leaders in Greenville County special emphasis neighborhoods over the last six years, is designed to develop the abilities of grassroots leaders to strengthen their neighborhoods. The program meets once a month for five months, with sessions covering leadership style, creating a neighborhood vision, learning about advocacy and public policy at the community level, strategies to leverage volunteers and engage youth, and best organizational practices for success.

“We are very proud to see people stepping up to make a difference in Greenville County,” said Inez Morris, chair of Greenville Dreams. “The commitment these 16 community leaders have shown to their community is inspiring and we are excited about the change they will create.”

This year’s graduates (and their neighborhood or organization) are: Shanice Willingham (AmeriCorps), Christa Jordan (City of Greenville), Nancy Clark (City View), Debra Garrison (City View), Joseph Garrison (City View), Craig Blackshire, Jr (Dunean Community), Tina Belge (Greenville County Redevelopment Authority), Crystal Corbin (Housing Authority), Sara Carter (Mauldin), Austria Hatcher (New Washington Heights), Alan Mitchell (Nicholtown), Kristan Pitts (Nicholtown), Clarissa Abrilz (Sterling), Tammy Jones (Sterling), Kendra Rison (West Greenville), and JoKeitha Seabrook (United Way of Greenville County).

For more information about Greenville Dreams visit, or to participate in the next leadership program, contact United Way Community Engagement Manager JoKeitha Seabrook at 864.467.3333.