Greenville Dreams Trains New Class of Neighborhood Leaders


GREENVILLE, S.C. — Twenty-two 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 120 community leaders in Greenville County special emphasis neighborhoods over the last seven 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. 

This year’s graduates (and their neighborhood or organization) are: Carrie Creech (Brandon), Chispa Latham (Dunean), Lovetta Walton (Fairfield Place), Peggy Robinson (Freetown), Jacqueline Sitton (Greater Sullivan), Tulia Scott (Brutontown), Timicia Grant (Needmore), Jeffery Sullivan (Laurel Meadows), Miriam Champlin (New Washington Heights), Richard “Dick” Robinson (Overbrook), Sharon Johnson (Pelham Creek), Shantell Smith (Pelham Road), Soren King (Sans Souci), Sarah Franco (Sans Souci/Judson/Sterling), Paulett Brooks (Sterling), James Dowell, Sr (Sterling), Regina Dudley (Sterling), Alex Reynolds (Taylors Town Square), Christine Thomas (West End), Carol Cox (West Greenville), Alice London (Zet Court/Prospect), and April Allen (Zet Court/Prospect). 

For more information about Greenville Dreams visit, or to participate in the next leadership program, contact United Way Director of Community & Partners Relations JoKeitha Seabrook at 864.467.3520.