history of protecting children
By BARBARA KELLEY DUNCAN
CEO, Carolina Youth Development Center
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
18, 2010 - "Protecting childhood. Preparing for adulthood."
motto represents the spirit of a house that's observing its 220th
Carolina Youth Development Center is an outgrowth of the Charleston
Orphan House, the first publicly supported orphanage in the United
States. The ordinance creating the Orphan House was passed by the
City Council on Oct. 18, 1790.
four years after the ordinance was passed, on Oct. 18, 1794, the
doors of the magnificent five-story Charleston Orphan House were
opened to 115 children. It was located in downtown Charleston on
the corner of Calhoun and St. Philip streets. Hundreds of children
were served over the years, with a peak enrollment of 334 children
coming shortly after the Civil War. The programs included an educational
system, believed to have been one of the first in South Carolina;
a kindergarten, the first in South Carolina and one of the first
in the nation; and early efforts at foster family care.
Orphan House demonstrated leadership in innovative programming and
was world renowned as a childcare institution. Distinguished visitors
included George Washington, Generals Pierre de Beauregard and Robert
E. Lee, Presidents James Monroe, Grover Cleveland and William Howard
over time, the Orphan House fell into disrepair, and in 1951, 37
acres known as Oak Grove Plantation in North Charleston were purchased
to establish new cottages that would be conducive to small group
and family-style living. Adopting the common name, "Oak Grove,"
approximately 100 children relocated from the Orphan House downtown
to Oak Grove in 1952.
nearly 200 years, the Charleston Orphan House operated as an agency
of the city of Charleston. However, it became an independent non-profit
organization in 1978. The emphasis of the mission of the agency
also changed to include treating emotionally disturbed children.
undated photograph shows a group of girls who lived at the Charleston
1981, led by Executive Director Ed Ledford, the Board approved a
merger with Horizon House and Big Brothers Big Sisters. The merger
was seen as a logical combination of treatment services with prevention
services. Since that time the services offered to the tri-county
have expanded to include many programs for abused, abandoned, neglected
and at-risk children.
the leadership of current CEO Barbara Kelley Duncan, the Carolina
Youth Development Center helps to improve and strengthen the lives
of more than 600 children and families each year. In addition to
the outreach programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Horizon House,
CYDC provides residential services that include two emergency shelters
and two long-term-care group homes for children referred by government
agencies such as the Department of Social Services, and a runaway
and homeless youth shelter and counseling program.
addition, CYDC's Bakker Career Center provides personal development,
academic support programs, and leadership and career technology
training in a state-of-the-art facility adjacent to the residential
facilities. CYDC also operates a Freedom School®, under the
auspices of the Children's Defense Fund, a literacy-focused summer
enrichment program for children ages 5-14.
October 18, 2010, CYDC celebrates 220 years of caring for the children
of our community. For more information, to donate or volunteer,
call 843-266-5218 or go
Kelley Duncan is CEO of Carolina Youth Development Center.
moves up in Best-Performing Cities Index
By MARSHA GUERARD, editor
18, 2010 - Here's some great news to start your Monday: The Charleston
region is ranked among the nation's top 20 large cities based on
how well they create jobs and sustain economic growth, according
to the 2010 Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index.
ranked 19th of the 200 largest metropolitan areas studied - outstripping
other cities in the area by quite a bit. The region around Charlotte
and Gastonia ranked 62, Columbia ranked 65, Augusta 71, Myrtle Beach-Conway-North
Myrtle Beach 125, Greenville-Mauldin-Easley 136, and Spartanburg
jumped a full 11 spots in the index, from a ranking of 30 in 2009.
In large part, we have Boeing to thank for that, even while the
plant is still under construction. The city's military presence
and supporting industries, nascent technology sector, and our service
industry for tourism all contribute, as well.
released Friday, bases its evaluation on job, wage and salary, and
in this year's index, which ranks U.S. metros based on their ability
to create and sustain jobs, are all metros that were shielded from
losses in the production of capital equipment and consumer durable
goods," the Milken Web site states. "Diversified technology
bases, including high-tech manufacturing; reliance on service industries;
having a large military presence and a relatively small presence
of financial services were the common characteristics in this year's
of the top 10 best performers were cities in Texas, with the Killeen
metropolitan area topping the list.
news comes at a time when leaders in the Lowcountry are putting
more emphasis on developing the technology sector and focusing on
global business. Upcoming community events that highlight that effort:
Queensland "Smart State" model: 6:15 p.m. Oct. 27,
Medical University of South Carolina, Clinical Science Building
Auditorium Room 100, 96 Jonathan Lucas St. Peter Beattie, former
premier of Queensland and now an adjunct lecturer at Clemson University,
will discuss the success of the "Smart State" economic
model built by the Queensland government under his direction.
The economic restructure produced unsurpassed growth and expansion
in industrial and service sectors. When he took office in 1998,
Beattie inherited a recessionary economy complicated by extreme
voter cynicism. Queensland in 2000 represented a population, tax
base and economy comparable to the Palmetto State. Today the accomplishments
of the "Smart State" initiative rank Queensland as one
of the world leaders in biotechnology, energy, mining and natural
Canal widening and Charleston: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today,
Charleston Area Convention Center. Jim Newsome, S.C. Ports Authority
CEO, and Mary Graham, Charleston Chamber's senior vice president
for public policy/regional advancement, have just returned from
observing the widening of the Panama Canal and will discuss how
this impacts Charleston and its Port business. Go
online to register.
Tech Talk: 7:30 to 9 a.m., Oct. 19, Charleston Metro Chamber.
Tommy Dew, CEO at Slicker Interactive, and Grier Allen, president
of Boomtown ROI, will share what they do, how their company has
grown since inception and the pluses and minuses of running a
technology-based business in the Charleston region. Go
online to register.
Technology, Engineering and Math: 7 to 11:30 a.m., Trident
Technical College. The 15th Annual Business Education Summit will
focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education:
Keys to our Future Workforce. The event aims to foster partnerships
between the business and education communities to better understand
one another's needs and challenges. Keynote speaker is Susan Lavrakas,
director, Government Affairs with BAE Systems, a global aerospace
online to register.
summit: Nov. 2 - 3, Memminger Auditorium. ThinkTEC presents
the Innovation Summit bringing together seekers and solvers in
our community for meaningful networking and ideas exchange. Includes
speakers focusing on solving today's business problems, technology
demonstrations, culinary showcase networking luncheon and "Listening
to Your Business" pre-conference half-day session to help
you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your business. Go
online to register.
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to speak here on homeland security
Napolitano, the third secretary of the Department of Homeland Security,
will address the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and the public on
Thursday as part of The Citadel's Greater Issues series.
event, which is free, will take place at 11 a.m. in McAlister Field
House on The Citadel campus.
will discuss how the evolving threats the nation faces are blurring
the lines between national and homeland security and how the country
is evolving to face those threats and anticipate new ones.
regional planning meetings begin Oct. 25
Lowcountry residents often are invited to attend community planning
meetings or public hearings on particular issues, rare is the opportunity
to consider how all of the local planning, land use and transportation
issues fit into a vision for the entire region.
kicking off Our Region Our Plan in 2008, the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester
Council of Governments is taking the regional planning discussion
to the next level with four interactive, sub-regional planning workshops
during the week of Oct. 25. The sub-regional workshops build upon
the vision and goals for the region's future gathered from about
300 attendees at the 2008 Regional Planning Forum.
at this round of workshops will discuss these goals, weigh options
for achieving them, and put ideas onto maps to shape a "citizen
planning scenario" for how the region should evolve in the
future. The citizen's scenario will be considered by the Our Region
Our Plan Steering Committee as it develops a blueprint.
of need based upon a publicly developed regional planning effort
is becoming a requirement to be competitive for federal and state
dollars funding infrastructure and transportation improvements.
With agreed-upon goals in place, regional leaders will be able to
determine what major investments need to be made.
reports small rebound in charitable giving
Blackbaud released a
report Friday that found overall charitable revenue increased
just 1.4 percent in the three months ending August 2010, but online
giving did continue its progress with an increase of 20.4 percent
during that period.
report is based on monthly findings from The Blackbaud Index and
features commentary from Lynn Edmonds, president of fundraising
specialists LW Robbins. Additionally, Blackbaud announced the release
of a new specialty index focused on the human services sector.
the exception of the months immediately following the Haiti earthquake,
the Index shows that human services organizations have struggled
to maintain positive year-over-year growth in 2010," said Steve
MacLaughlin, Blackbaud's director of Internet solutions. "Online
fundraising has been the exception to this trend and has continued
to have year-over-year growth for the past 12 consecutive months.
As nonprofits enter the final months of the year, it will be important
to watch for signs of recovery and stability. The vast majority
of online fundraising takes place during the final three months
of the year, and year-over-year growth during this timeframe will
be very important to organizations."
small increase in overall charitable revenue was a move back into
positive territory from July's 4.5 percent decline. This trend is
based on $2.2 billion in 12-month revenue accumulated from 1,364
it isn't all good news. The new Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving
for human services organizations reports an overall revenue decrease
of 19.3% for the 3 months ending August 2010 as compared to the
same period in 2009. This trend is based on $640 million in 12-month
revenue from 431 human services organizations.
summer months were particularly difficult as the economy took a
hit and people's attention was brought back to the economy,"
said LW Robbins President Lynn Edmonds. "The economy was starting
to show some good signs, and then in May through July, the market
dropped thousands of points, people stopped spending, and unemployment
hit a high; that particular period was very difficult. The economy
is bouncing back a little now. People who have some discretionary
income will hopefully support their charities in the final months
of Music uses grants to provide instruction
Charleston Academy of Music has been awarded a $10,157 grant from
the South Carolina Arts Commission and a $7,000 Open Grant from
the Coastal Community Foundation. The grants will go towards general
operations and the Kidzymphony Orchestra Program housed at Meeting
Kidzymphony Orchestra Program is modeled after El Sistema, which
began in Venezuela in 1975. Two orchestras composed of 43 kindergarten
and first-graders, learn to play the violin, viola, or cello, and
meet for musical activities such as group classes, orchestra rehearsals,
basic skills/theory, and guest performances. Along with these technical
skills, the children are exposed to the satisfaction and inspiration
of playing with other instruments in an orchestral setting. The
orchestra performs alongside faculty throughout the year in venues
that are accessible to inner-city audiences. The program is introducing
classical music to a younger/changing generation and breaking the
stigma that it is only reserved for a select group of people.
the help of The South Carolina Arts Commission, the Coastal Community
Foundation and other organizations, the Charleston Academy of Music
provides the community with professional music instruction and performance
opportunities. The only classical music education program of its
kind in the region, CAM provides to all students, regardless of
financial status. Piano, violin/viola, cello, classical guitar,
and voice lessons are available, along with various workshops, classes,
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brought shift in Congressional Black Caucus agenda
James Enos Clyburn was born in Sumter on July 21,
1940, to Enos and Alameta Clyburn. He attended Mather Academy, a
private high school for African Americans in Camden, and earned
a B.S. from South Carolina State College in 1962. While attending
South Carolina State, he participated in sit-ins to desegregate
public facilities in Orangeburg. He met his wife, Emily England,
at South Carolina State, and they were married in 1961. They are
the parents of three daughters.
has had an extensive career in public service. From 1962 to 1971
he lived in Charleston, where he taught school, served as an employment
counselor, and directed two youth and community development projects.
From 1971 to 1974 he served on the staff of Governor John C. West.
In 1974 Governor West appointed him as South Carolina human affairs
commissioner. He served for eighteen years under both Democratic
and Republican governors.
public career also included several runs for public office. In 1970
he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the General Assembly. While
he was human affairs commissioner, he ran unsuccessfully for the
office of secretary of state in 1978 and 1986. In 1992 Clyburn ran
for the Sixth District congressional seat, which had been created
when the U.S. Justice
Department ordered the General Assembly to redraw the state's district
lines to create a "majority minority" congressional seat.
Clyburn won, becoming South Carolina's first African American congressman
represents the state's "largest and poorest legislative district,"
and this has led him to support legislation that addresses issues
such as health care, transportation, environmental justice, and
education. He is the only South Carolina legislator to receive perfect
scores on the Americans for Democratic Action and Children's Defense
Fund legislative report cards, two advocacy groups that measure
the level of support by lawmakers for liberal and progressive legislation.
Clyburn also became a strong advocate for historic preservation
and free trade. In 1995 he supported legislation to create the state's
Heritage Corridor, and he has been an advocate of more funding to
support the state's heritage and historic sites. In 2000 he
visited Cuba to explore trade agreements that would end the U.S.
embargo against that nation and benefit South Carolina by opening
up a new market for the state's farmers.
1998 Clyburn was elected chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
He was the first southerner to hold the chairmanship of the 38-member
organization, and his election signaled a new direction for African
Americans in Congress. As a congressman from the South with a large
rural and poor constituency, Clyburn focused his agenda for the
CBC on building coalitions with Republicans and other caucuses in
Congress to garner support for issues such as economic development
and public transportation. This was a shift from the traditional
civil rights agenda that had dominated the CBC's agenda for the
first 27 years of its existence. In 2008 Clyburn won election to
Congress for a ninth term.
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economy many of us are only steps away from homelessness. Crisis
Ministries extends a hand to individuals and families who find themselves
without a home. Often, misconceptions can get in the way of making
Here are five
common myths about homelessness that Crisis Ministries works to
dispel every day, according to Stacey W. Denaux, CEO of Crisis Ministries:
a bum, always a bum" -- Many notables such as Ella Fitzgerald,
Dr. Phil, Halle Berry and Colonel Sanders all experienced homelessness
at points in their lives.
is a choice" -- We all know someone who has suffered with
mental illness, fought an addiction or lost a job. Without necessary
resources, homelessness is often the result.
shelter 'warehouses' people indefinitely" -- Within five
days, all guests are engaged in services; the average length of
stay is just 105 days.
country takes care of its veterans" -- One third of all homeless
individuals are veterans.
takes a lot of money to make a difference" -- Text HOMENOW
to 85944. Just $5 CAN make a difference. Or, go
online to donate.
Find out more
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"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged
to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."
Mandela, (1918 - ), "A Long Walk to Freedom"
THIS WEEK |
Mr. Green: 8 p.m., Oct. 21, 22, and 23, Charleston
Acting Studio, 915 Folly Road. The Charleston Acting Studio presents
"Visiting Mr. Green," a play about two men forced together
through an accident who get to know and care for one another despite
their antipathy. Adults: $17, Seniors: $15, Students: $10. For tickets,
call 843-795-2223 or purchase
ONGOING AND SOON
a pass for charity: 6 p.m., Oct. 18, Buffalo Wild Wings,
Tanger Outlet, North Charleston. Face to Face Charleston invites
all singles to attend "Make a Pass for Charity" football
mixer. Some of the proceeds will benefit Carolina Youth Development
Center. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Reserve
your ticket by calling 529-9960 or visit
our Web site.
and Vegetarian Cuisine: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Oct. 18, Culinary
Institute of Charleston, Building 920, Trident Technical College,
Rivers Avenue. Copy goes here. Join Holistic Chef Ken Immer of gRAWnola
and OM cooking for a special class on Vegan and Vegetarian Cuisine.
Learn how to introduce more vegetables and legumes into your diet.
Chef Immer will showcase easy ways to prepare simple international
recipes that are the foundation of great cuisine. Cost: $69. Call
to register 843-574-6152. For more information, visit www.grawnola.com
Lunch and Learn: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 20, 27, Nov.
3, 10. Bring your lunch to the Clemson Extension Office located
at 259 Meeting St. for garden programs. Individual sessions are
$12 each or attend all four classes for $40. Go
to Web site for registration and class descriptions.
Women in Defense events: 4 to 6 p.m., Oct. 21, Hyatt
Place off Ashley Phosphate Road. The Women in Defense Palmetto Chapter
will hold its second Speed Networking Event. Participants will be
limited to 72. Admission: $11 (includes $1 PayPal fee) Each guest
will receive one complimentary drink ticket. RSVP to Meg
Rhodes . Second event: Col. Martha A. Meeker, commander, 628th
Air Base Wing, Joint Base Charleston, will speak on her career,
leadership experiences and Joint Base Charleston at the Women in
Defense luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at Carrabba's,
2150 Northwoods Blvd., North Charleston. Register emailing
this address by close of business today. Cash payment only will
be accepted at the door, $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
in Summerville: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 21. Fall arrives
with cooler weather, Scarecrows on the Square and Summerville D.R.E.A.M's
Third Thursday program. The Third Thursday event features music
around town with 26 East, an '80s music cover band on Hutchinson
Square, as well as sneak previews of the new Flowertown Players
show and Pinewood Prep's upcoming high school musical. Craft events
arer planned at Village Knittery and Craft Happy, and the Classic
Carolina Ford Car Club will be out with vintage cars. Short Central
will have jazz entertainment. For more info, click
here or phone (843) 821-7260.
Throw Dinner: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 21, The Jasmine Porch restaurant
at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island. Four-course meal will feature
ingredients procured from a "stone's throw" (within 100
miles) of Kiawah Island, focusing on first tastes of the fall, including
local "game" from Joseph Fields Farm on Johns Island and
MiBek farms in Barnwell. The dinner will benefit the Ronald McDonald
House in Charleston. For more information and to make reservations,
call 843-768-6253 or
Fall Soiree: 7-11 p.m., Oct. 22, Charleston Visitor Center,
375 Meeting St. Hosted by Ducks Unlimited, the annual Southeastern
Wildlife Expo Fall Soiree will include the unveiling of the new
SEWE poster, and a meal of oysters, a Lowcountry cookout, open bar,
and live & silent auctions. Palmetto Soul will play a mix of
beach, oldies, rock classics, country, and more to keep the crowd
dancing all night. Go
online for tickets or call 843-723-1748.
Sanctuary Family Picnic: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 24, Dill
Sanctuary, 1163 Riverland Drive, James Island. The Friends and Needed
Supporters (FANS) of The Charleston Museum will host their Annual
Family Picnic, including a nature walk with naturalist Billy McCord,
a butterfly release, live music by the Susie Summers Duo, a Lowcountry
dinner, children's games, hayrides, demonstrations by Birds of Prey
and the SCDNR Touch Tank. Advance reservations are required; please
call (843) 722-2996 ext. 264 or register
online. No pets or outside coolers.
and paint: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 26, The Meeting
Place, 1077 East Montague Ave., North Charleston. An adult workshop
featuring Poetry and Paint taught by Mary Harris and Karole Turner
Campbell. Participants will be inspired to combine poetry and paint
in a unique experience that combines two art forms. Materials are
provided. Fee: $5. Registration begins one month ahead and ends
two days prior to class.
Daisy Dash 5K:
8 a.m., Oct. 30, Riverland Terrace on James Island. The annual
Daisy Dash 5K run/walk will raise awareness for Simply Divine Garden,
an organization that plants healing gardens for individuals going
through chemotherapy. Register at www.active.com
or on-site at the Baptist Church at Riverland Terrace located at
Wappoo Road and Maybank Highway. The cost per person is $20
before Oct. 20 and $25 after.
History: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 30, Charleston Museum.
In conjunction with the special exhibition "Threads of War:
Clothing and Textiles of the Civil War," the Charleston Museum
and Carolina Ladies Aid Society are to teaming up to offer a series
of Civil War living history events. The series will kick off with
a demonstration of the complexities of food preparation during the
Civil War. Examine unusual 19th century cooking implements and utensils
and learn the secrets of techniques like Dutch oven baking. The
Civil War living history series is free with general Museum admission
($10/adult, $5/child 3-12, under three and members free). For more
information, please visit www.charlestonmuseum.org
or call 722-2996.
The art of negotiation workshop: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday,
9:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, begins Nov. 15, 297 East Bay St.
Erica Ariel Fox leads this workshop using the Beyond Yes Method
to turn stressful personal or professional relationships into successful
ones. Cost: $850. Go
online for more information or phone the Sophia Institute, 843-720-8528.
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