2017 Program Director of the Year
Youth Volunteer Corps of Charleston’s Program Director, Jennifer Gorham, was named Program Director of the Year by the Youth Volunteer at this years YVC Summit.
Jennifer started the program in the fall of 2015 as part of the City of Charleston Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families to provide Charleston youth with opportunities to serve their community and learn about the issues that matter to them.
The program engages youth from the Charleston region, and to date, 149 youth have participated in the program, and have completed 1387.9 volunteer hours serving their community. Examples of projects include the Lowcountry Blessing Box, which was built by youth and is stocked consistently with non-perishable items that citizens living on Charleston’s Eastside can take as needed; and Ronald McDonald House, where youth have volunteered several times by donating meal items and making dinner for residents staying in the house while their children receive necessary treatments at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Jennifer created a Summer Service-Learning Institute (SSLI) for middle school students that provide four weeks of intensive service-learning volunteer experiences during the summer months. During the SSLI, students learn about a community issue, and engage in up to four projects each week related to the community issue. Weekly themes have included Childhood Obesity, Environmental Challenges, and several Wild Card weeks.
“Jennifer has done an incredible job of creating and embedding the Youth Volunteer Corps of Charleston program in the community,” said Mindy Sturm, Director of the Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families. “She is dedicated, motivated, and understands the value of service. She truly is a servant leader for Charleston youth.”
Congratulations to Jennifer Gorham and YVC of Charleston!