Children isolated by poverty and their rural locale are being left behind due to Adverse Childhood Experiences.
1 in 8 live at or below the poverty level.
Live at 50% below the poverty level.
Households live in poverty.
Do not finish high school.
The Root of the Problem
The Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences
Households in cyclical poverty, more often than not, include a variety of Adverse Childhood Experiences, which traumatize children and markedly affect their development.
These experiences include:
Unstable and insufficient income
Lack of proper nutrition
Lack of proper emotional nourishment
Household member arrested or in prison
Adverse Childhood Experiences can be mitigated by long-term, consistent, research-based mentoring and family advocacy.
We work with the most vulnerable. We choose to work with the public school children who are having the most trouble; the children most likely to become the next generation of generational poverty; the children who are likely to drop out, fail, fall into substance abuse, become involved with the juvenile justice system or become a teen parent.
We start earlier, go deeper, and stay longer.
Our mentees start with a full-time mentor in kindergarten or first grade. In partnership with local schools, our Advocate Mentors select the most vulnerable children and walk with them through the years and challenges.
We focus on all areas of growth a child needs to succeed. In collaboration with their families, identifying the needs and strengths of the child and their family. We work with them 4 hours each week, 52 weeks per year.
We Stay Longer
Our mentors stay with their mentees until they graduate high school or even longer. Children’s brains develop from before birth into the twenties and childhood development is the solution. Our goal is success.
According to a study produced by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, children at risk who had a mentor were:
More likely to hold leadership positions.
Interested in becoming a mentor themselves.
More likely to volunteer regularly.
More likely to enroll in college.
Less likely to skip school
Less likely to skip class
7596 West Main Street, Suite D
Ridgeland, SC 29936
PO Box 669 Ridgeland, SC 29936
(843) 540 4023