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CYDC / news Protecting childhood. Preparing for adulthood. Fall 2011

Volume 1, Number 1

Big Brothers Big Sisters: we raise self-worth

Dear Friends: While many of us communicate most of the time using electronics ("smart" phones, computers, etc.), I believe there are many who appreciate holding old-fashioned paper in their hands, periodically. We are sending this brief newsletter so that you will have that opportunity and will learn more about our work, our youth, and other activities in which CYDC is involved. We plan to send this newsletter quarterly, and hope you enjoy both the medium and the message. Happy Thanksgiving to All, Barbara Kelley Duncan Chief Executive Officer

Charlie* was just 8 years old when his father took his own life. The effects his father’s suicide had on him were devastating. He became quiet and reserved, started failing his classes, began being bullied in school, and was diagnosed with ADHD. His mother signed him up for Big Brothers Big Sisters when he turned nine, and Charlie’s life began to change. After meeting with his "Big Brother" Brian* weekly for the next year, Charlie became more outgoing at school, met a lot of new friends, is on the A/B honor roll and has even been "I can’t believe it’s been a year already! Everything has taken off his been wonderful! Brian and Charlie really seem to get along medications! great and Charlie looks forward to seeing him each week. His mother I am more than happy with the entire relationship and couldn’t be the service we receive! Charlie is definitely doing better and has been able come off his ADHD medication. Your more thrilled. organization has been a godsend to us!

- Charlie’s Mother Charlie continues to thrive through his match with Brian, and Brian enjoys watching him grow into a confident young man. Charlie and Brian’s friendship is just one of more than 200 matches supported by Big Brothers Big Sisters of CYDC. For more information, please visit or call (843) 266-5200. *not their real names

Thankful for Altria’s Tradition of Giving A group of employees from Altria Group recently spent a day on a series of beautification and improvement projects outside of our Bakker Career Center. The 30 volunteers, who hailed from all over South Carolina and coastal Georgia, worked together to extend the rear patio, spread fresh pinestraw and planted annuals, and built new picnic tables and benches, among other tasks. Altria Group generously donated $15,000 to fund the projects. Members of the Altria group later came together with CYDC staff to dedicate a special sign for The Tree of New Beginnings, a 100+-year old tree behind the Bakker Center, so named by the children on campus last year because many of them felt it describes the second chance they receive at CYDC. The sign reads: Volunteers from Altria Group with the sign naming The Tree of New Beginnings.

"This grand oak tree is a symbolic reminder to us all that no matter the Transitions we face, we too are firmly grounded, confident that we will overcome the Endings, navigate the Neutral Zone, and succeed in the New Beginnings."

Since 2001, Altria Group has donated over $186,000 and its employees have given over 1,400 volunteer hours to various landscaping and maintenance projects at CYDC.

Non Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Charleston, SC Permit No. 565 Our Mission

Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC) assists children in reaching their full potential as healthy and well adjusted individuals by delivering a continuum of prevention, assessment, intervention, and treament services. Founded in 1790 as the Charleston Orphan House, CYDC serves the Lowcountry and coastal South Carolina.

5055 Lackawanna Boulevard | North Charleston, SC 29405 | (843) 266-5200 Protecting childhood. Preparing for adulthood.

Bringing the Barbados-Carolina Connection to Life by Jay and Monica*, Bakker Ambassadors

This summer I (Jay) participated on the Bakker Ambassadors' Journey into Charleston's historical and cultural connection with Barbados. When we first left we went to Middleton Plantation and saw the rice fields and learned about how the African slaves farmed them. Since the plantation slavery system that took root here came from Barbados, this was an eyeopening look into the culture we share. Then, we went to Beaufort to learn how that culture stretches across the whole Lowcountry. At the Beaufort National Cemetery I (Monica) got to visit my grandmother's grave which was my first visit since her passing over four years ago. The next day, we explored Magnolia Plantation, and afterwards roamed Downtown Charleston to learn even more.

Monica* takes a closer look at her grandmother’s grave.

Some of my favorite parts of the trip were the hands on learning. Like, we were taught some Barbadian cuisine at Charleston Cooks. The next day, we learned how to surf along with kayaking. We also learned about the men who fought in the early war at Sol Legare Seashore Farmers' Lodge, a cultural meeting house on James Island. On the final day, we talked to Rhoda Green of the Barbados Consulate in Charleston, who taught us fully what Barbados-Carolina Connection was all about and what it really meant to be a Bakker Ambassador. I think we are all excited about sharing this history with the Charleston and Bajan communities. *not their real names

CYDC / news Fall 2011  
CYDC / news Fall 2011  

Volume 1, Number 1