Since the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC) has provided additional academic support to youth as a result of a grant provided by Power:Ed, a nonprofit organization founded by South Carolina Student Loan Corp. The grant, awarded earlier this year, provided CYDC with $50,000 to hire a Residential Enrichment and Volunteer Services Coordinator for the organization’s Berkeley County Campus.
“During these challenging times, youth have experienced various unexpected disruptions to their academic routines. However, CYDC’s residents have overcome numerous obstacles to maintain and improve their academic standing despite these challenges and disruptions, largely due to the grant from Power:Ed,” said CYDC CEO Beverly Hardin. “This grant allowed us to continue to focus on education while many of them continue virtual learning. Our students have not only thrived but many have exceeded their academic goals while on our campus.”
CYDC’s Residential Enrichment and Volunteer Services Coordinator was hired in August of 2021 and completes academic assessments with each resident, coordinates the Teen After-School Center at CYDC’s Callen-Lacey Center for Children and ensures that youth are engaging in activities to enhance their well-being, including financial literacy courses, physical activities and emotional regulation skill-building groups.
“We at Power:Ed, a philanthropy of South Carolina Student Loan, are delighted to assist and support students with educational resources and programming to insure long term success for the residents of Carolina Youth Development Center,” said Sarah Fisher, Director of Power:Ed. “The CYDC mission to make learning a priority for their students academic achievement aligns perfectly with the goals of Power:Ed.”
Power:Ed is focused on helping high school and college students prepare for the next phase of life, whether it be securing a quality job, going to technical college or getting accepted to a four-year college. Power:Ed is dedicated to creating opportunities for South Carolina’s youth by supporting low-income, minority and first-generation students, improving access to college and degree completion and creating pathways to quality workforce opportunities.
About Carolina Youth Development Center:
Founded in 1790 as the Charleston Orphan House, Carolina Youth Development Center’s mission is to empower and equip our community’s children by providing a safe environment, educational support, and career readiness, in collaboration with families and community partners. Our vision is that all children have loving and stable families and a nurturing community that empowers them to lead successful lives. For more information visit CYDC.org.