Much has been debated and written about gun laws and school safety since the shooting at Parkland High School on Feb. 14. Students, parents, and concerned citizens across the country are pleading with the government and local schools to augment measures to protect their most valuable possession — their children.
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On any given weekday you’ll find Rushawnda, James and Scott roaming the halls of Lakeview Middle School in search of the next students on their lists. But don’t worry, even at this time of year, they’re only working from the “nice” list as they support the unique needs of local students, their families, and the school in which they serve.
Middle school is a time when too many students start to disengage and begin putting their futures at risk. However, United Way’s OnTrack Greenville initiative is helping middle school students stay on track toward high school graduation and a successful future.
Happy spring from the Young Philanthropists of Greenville County!
I have the honor and privilege of leading the YP Council for 2017. For those who do not know, the YP Council is a group of volunteers chosen to lead the efforts and initiatives of Greenville County’s Young Philanthropists (United Way leadership donors aged 40 and under). In 2016, the YPs came together and raised more $1.2 million for our community. In addition, our membership increased to over 950 generous individuals. That's a great accomplishment, but I am confident we can do even more this year.
By Kamilah Staggers, Director, BOOST Greenville
At BOOST Greenville, we believe the inspiring men and women who work as afterschool professionals in programs across our community are making an invaluable difference in the lives of our children. That's why we encourage everyone to join us ithe week of April 24 as we celebrate the national Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week.
Why is it important to recognize Afterschool Professionals?
BOOST Greenville recently joined the Every Hour Counts National Learning Community, a group comprised of expanded-learning system-builders from 13 cities and regions from around the country. This National Learning Community will offer BOOST Greenville an opportunity to share our work with peers in other cities, improve our practices, and design solutions to shared challenges facing the field.
In their small office tucked into a corner of Greenville Technical College, Adela Mendoza and Sara Montero-Buria of the Hispanic Alliance are hard at work focusing on a solution for a mounting issue in Greenville County: how to successfully connect Greenville County with the booming Hispanic population, and vice versa. Businesses, government, the school system, the healthcare system, nonprofits, and the faith community are only a few of the systems seeking strategies to successfully engage the Hispanic community.
Earlier this month, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Christian Soura, other state officials and leaders from the private sector announced the nation’s first Pay for Success project aimed at improving health outcomes for mothers and children living in poverty, and the first Pay for Success project of any type in the South.
Erin Hagan, an AmeriCorps member serving in Boiling Springs at Upstate Family Resource Center, has an incredible story to share. Embodying the AmeriCorps motto, Erin proved that we are all able to “get things done!” when we go that extra mile for our community.
AmeriCorps is an opportunity provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service for people of all backgrounds to give a year of service to their community. The AmeriCorps Upstate program is operated by United Way of Greenville County.
Making sure all of Greenville County’s children achieve the important milestone of high school graduation is fundamental to building a Cycle of Success.
OnTrack Greenville, a United Way-led initiative, is changing the way we keep students on track to high school graduation and future success by bringing data analysis and community collaboration to a new level.