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.
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.
Jannah Jackson; While interning at the Center, I learned that many of the youth were struggling with some of the same experiences that I struggled with growing up. This has empowered me to join the SCEC team.
Victoria Robbins; Connecting community members to resources has always been a passion. SCEC empowered me to continue that by allowing me to serve in the mobile food pantries and now as an AmeriCorp member.
The youth in our program inspire me to want to build a better community for them to grow up in!
Stephanie West, Piedmont Technical College
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