SC Empowerment Centre

Welcome to SC Empowerment Centre


About Us

Our Staff

Executive Director: Allen Lawson

Director of Operations: Angel Bible

AmeriCorps Member: Abby Harwell

AmeriCorps Member: Allaina Johnson

Our History

Founded in 2011, SC Empowerment Centre is a 501(c)(3) youth-centered nonprofit organization that addresses the increasing challenges youth face living in generational poverty. Serving throughout Laurens County, we hope to reach students from elementary to high school across the county and provide opportunities for them to grow and achieve.

Our Mission and Vision

In South Carolina, one in five children lives in poverty, and estimates show that in Laurens County alone more than one in four children lives in poverty.* Generational poverty particularly adversely affects a child's educational attainment, health and wellness, and social-emotional development. Here at SCEC, we use evidence-based approaches to support youth and empower them out of the cycle of poverty. 

Our vision is that all youth have the support and tools to lead a productive and rewarding life.

*Based on data collected from Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) 

What We Do

Program Information

Youth Academy and Summer Camps

Designed to support youth during their out-of-school time, these programs include academic tutoring, mentorship, various enrichment activities, and job readiness training. Our programs emphasize educational and workforce development along with social-emotional growth and general wellness.

Basic Needs Assistance

Poverty often means a lack of life essentials such as food and personal hygiene supplies, which can lead to academic and personal limitations. To address these needs, we gather supplies to distribute food boxes, personal hygiene kits, school supplies, and more. 

Community Outreach

Throughout the year, we attend and host events, such as our Days of Hope, in the county to foster community and build hope for underserved populations in Laurens County. 


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SC Empowerment Centre

62 Bridgeway Drive, Laurens, South Carolina 29360, United States

(864) 705-0005