Every Child Graduates High School Prepared to Succeed

Charleston Promise Neighborhood believes that we must close the achievement and opportunity gaps between children from low-income families and all other children.

It’s a matter of fairness.

It’s a matter of equity.

It’s a matter of economic prosperity for our community…and our country.

Charleston Promise Neighborhood works to make the dream come true that every child in our neighborhood is on a track to graduate high school and ascend to the workforce, the military or higher education.

Education is the key to success.

You can help us transform Charleston Promise Neighborhood through education. Your support provides evidence-based programs that our students need in order to succeed in school.

We address the myriad confounding issues facing children in our neighborhood by taking a collaborative community-wide approach. Parents and community members are critical to the success of our initiatives.
It’s a tough challenge…but we can succeed.

Our cornerstone programs:

Expanded Learning Time After-School Programs

Charleston Promise Neighborhood operates a coordinated, after-school enrichment program, called Expanded Learning Time.

Students in Expanded Learning Time receive:

1) academic remediation and homework assistance

2) extra-curricular enrichment (e.g. robotics, entrepreneurialism, dance, boat-building, etc.)

3) daily dinner

Charleston Promise Neighborhood partners with Charleston County School District and approximately 20 additional businesses and nonprofit partners to deliver high-quality programming to about 500 students each weekday.

Research says Expanded Learning Time is desperately needed!
By the time students living in poverty reach middle school, they will have missed out on nearly 6,000 hours of learning – that’s five years! — of extra-curricular enrichment.

Tammy Jones Brown has seen the power of Expanded  Brown FamilyLearning Time.
Her son Armien participated in the program, receiving daily homework assistance, tutoring and enrichment experiences after school each day. He also participated in “Empowering Young Men” a group of 5th grade boys who meet with an adult mentor.

“I can definitely see an improved attitude about learning in my son,” Tammy said.

Enrichment partners engaged in Expanded Learning Time programming include: Art Buzz, Bricks 4 Kidz, Carioca Capoeira Charleston, Charleston Museum, Charleston Academy of Music, Communities in Schools Second Step, Citadel, Coastal Lacrosse, Corpus Callosum, DanceED, Engineering for Kids, Green Heart Project, Historic Foundation of Charleston, Little Lotus Yoga, Lowcountry Maritime Society, R3, Inc., Redux, Soccer Shots, A Smart Move, Wona Womalan African Drum and Dance and World Languages 4 Kids (WL4K).

YouthPromise for Young Leaders

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Taking an asset-based approach to our neighborhoods, YouthPromise identifies and fosters the next generation of leaders. Borrowing its concepts from Sean Covey’s  7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, YouthPromise engages fifth grades boys in a hands-on program in which they grapple with concepts of accountability, personal responsibility, and community responsiblity.

YouthPromise helps students understand the role of leaders by engaging in creative activities that stimulate young minds. Last year, students were asked to line up in birthday order using only hand signals to determine who stood where. It forced the group to select a leader, agree to follow his direction and collaborate to reach a goal.

Summer Enrichment

Recognizing that children living in poverty fall further behind their peers in educational achievement during the summer, Charleston Promise Neighborhood, in partnership with Metanoia’s Freedom School, provided a free summer program for children in The Neck.Picture3

The program focuses on partnering with and supporting the work of teachers and principals. Charleston Promise Neighborhood funded support staff in each classroom.

The Result: No more “summer slide.” In fact, children in the program gained learning skills:

Summer Program Results

75% of students reading at or above grade level

-100% of students maintained or gained literacy skills

-1st graders averaged a 6-point improvement on the Reading Recover Assessment