Keystone Clubs provide leadership development opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.
Make It a Conversation
Developed in partnership with local law enforcement, Make It a Conversation allows Kershaw youth to interact in a safe manner with adults in politics, law enforcement and other positions of community leadership. “Sherriff Matthews noted that Mayes had contacted him about doing a session with teens, particularly young males, on dealing with and interacting with law enforcement and going through an encounter without negative outcomes.”
JETT: Jobs Employment Teen Training
The Jobs and Employability Training for Teens (JETT) program is designed to prepare high-risk high school students for the workplace through soft skills development and paid, mentored internships with local business and government entities.
The program serves 15-20 students per school semester. Students need to apply to the program and are required to sign (along with their parents/guardians) a formal agreement to meet program requirements. Included in these requirements are: school grades of “C” or above, no school discipline referrals, regular and punctual school attendance, and no involvement with law enforcement and the justice system.
We have certified STEM teachers on campus each week to tutor CLUB members and to teach enrichment programs. We see an improvement in STEM grades for our members, which in turn increases their overall academic success and opportunity for scholarships, as well as allowing them a strong foundation of knowledge that will help navigate future advances in technology and science.
DNGN: Date Night Game Night
One in four SC residents are caregivers to a family member. DNGN provides a respite to these families twice a month by offering safe, well-planned programming and activities for youth with significant disabilities, allowing these kids to enjoy a Game Night while their caregivers enjoy a chance to rest, relax and recharge.