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University of South Carolina - Youth Empowerment Program FY 2006-2008 Grantee

The Marlboro County Youth Empowerment Demonstration Program is designed to empower a cohort of 36 at-risk, African American youth from Bennettsville Middle School to reduce risk factors that lead to poor academic and behavioral performance in school.

University of South Carolina
USC Byrnes Bldg, 5 th Floor
Columbia , SC 29208
Phone: (803) 777-4294
Fax: (803) 777-9558
E-mail: smithb@gwm.sc.edu

Title: The Marlboro County Youth Empowerment Demonstration Program
Project Director: Bradley Smith
Project Amount Funded (FY 2006): $248,862
Target Population: African American Youth, Grades 6-8

The Marlboro County Youth Empowerment Demonstration Program is designed to empower a cohort of 36 at-risk, African American youth from Bennettsville Middle School to reduce risk factors that lead to poor academic and behavioral performance in school. The University of South Carolina (USC) implements the program in partnership with the Marlboro County School District , the Community Development Corporation of Marlboro County (CDCMC), and CareSouth Carolina, Inc. (CareSouth). The overall program consists of three major elements that address the four YEP components: a 30-week, 5 days per week after school program; a three-week summer program; and a one-week academic booster program prior to the start of each school year. The after school program provides sessions in: academic skills, media literacy education, recreation/physical education and team building; computer lab; health and wellness; career development; and culture and cultural heritage. The academic enrichment activities are conducted, with small participant groups, by teachers from the Marlboro County School District with USC undergraduate students serving as aides. The personal development and wellness component focuses on improving behavior problems and daily physical activity. As part of the after school program wellness component, classes and small group sessions are conducted to address the risk factors of violence and abuse through anger and stress management, and conflict resolution. Media literacy, health literacy, and nutrition are also addressed. Instruction in black history is provided by school district instructors as part of the cultural enrichment component of the program. Participants also study the civil rights movement from slavery to present. The career development component includes activities that help participants prepare themselves for occupations that fit their aptitude. Activities include skills assessment and learning the educational requirements for occupations of interest, and financial literacy training to learn effective money management skills. Program staff conduct home visits to keep participants' parents informed of their children's behavioral and academic progress. The three-week summer program addresses all of the four program components with visits to civil rights landmarks, participation in a service learning project, visits to local businesses, computer lab sessions, and a high ropes adventure course. The USC undergraduate mentors host participants one weekend of each semester for on-campus activities.

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