Columbia Star

Sisters of Charity awards $373,500 in grants

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently awarded its Community Enrichment grants for 2018. The Foundation’s mission to address poverty in all of its forms is reflected in its decision-making around Community Enrichment grants.

These grants are designed to support nonprofits whose comprehensive services are based on experience, research, and evidence-based models to break the cycle of poverty and provide long-term life change. These grants are awarded once per year and are intended to be expended in a 12 month period.

The following Columbia area organizations received funding:

City Year Funding will support three related elements of City Year’s education and youth development service in the Midlands: 1) City Year Columbia’s Teacher Talent Pipeline Project initiative, developing a pathway for corps members to become certified teachers and teach in local classrooms; 2) increased support for corps members who report stress and burnout from their service in under-resourced schools; and 3) delivery of City Year’s Whole School Whole Child services in three under-resourced local schools where 85 percent of students come from low-income families. Serving Richland County.

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands

Funding will support the Youth Violence Prevention Curriculum© ( YVP), which was developed by STSM over 17 years ago as a primary prevention curriculum intended to eradicate sexual violence within communities by illuminating root causes of sexual violence, teaching youth new thought patterns and behaviors toward sexual abuse, and consequently, disrupting the cycle of poverty. YVP employs engaging methods such as presentations, roleplay, videos, and discussions that address important topics such as healthy boundary setting, communication, dating violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. Serving the Midlands.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

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