Backpack Buddies Program for the Jasper County School District (JCSD)
The 2018-2019 Backpack Buddies Program provided food for 300 elementary students at the Ridgeland and Hardeeville Elementary Schools. This program allows each of the children to take home a backpack filled with nutritional food each Friday. This backpack provides enough food for the children to eat over the weekend … a big help for low income families in Jasper Counties.
Families in Transitions (FIT) Program
The Families in Transition (FIT) program was organized in 2015 to track and monitor the most economically challenged residents of Jasper County, especially the homeless population. FIT goals are to decrease the number of homeless persons in Jasper County while assisting and preventing homelessness for those who on the verge of becoming homeless.
Volunteers are welcome. The one hour meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 11am at the old Jasper County High School, located at 456 Grays Highway, Suite 202. Come out and help us help our neighbors!
A special thank you to all of the partners who continue working to assist Jasper County’s low income families and individuals: AGAPE Family Life Center, Inc., American Red Cross, Beaufort Jasper Economic Opportunity Commission, Bluffton Self Help, The Deep Well Project, Family Promise, City of Hardeeville, Hopeful Horizons, Jasper County Emergency Management, Jasper County School District, Ridgeland Baptist Church, Safe Haven, The Salvation Army, Town of Ridgeland Fire Department, United Way of the Lowcountry, and Volunteers in Medicine.
Summer Youth Worker’s Program
Since 2014, AEC has placed over 250 high school students in work training programs throughout Jasper County. Now, in its sixth year, AEC has expanded the program to include students in Hampton County as well. Students work in government, schools, and non-profits offices throughout Hampton and Jasper Counties, while being paid an hourly salary to gain much needed work experience.
The Antioch Scholars’ Program began in 2014 and is now completing its fifth year. This program tracks gifted and talented students throughout their academic career (first grade all the way through graduation from high school). This twelve year program includes national and international travel for the students, as well as monthly field trips, and an afternoon tutoring/mentoring program. This innovative program offers everything from virtual reality learning tools to marshall arts training.
The main focus of this program is to allow each student to reach his/her full academic and leadership potential. Space is extremely limited. Inquire at the office of AEC.
Nursing Assistant Training Program
AEC’s Nursing Assistant Training Program graduated its first class of seven students in November of 2014. Since that time, another 70 students have also successfully graduated. This program consists of 110 hours (66 classroom and 44 clinical). Clinical sessions are held at NHC in Bluffton for this quality training program. AEC four sessions a year (late September, January, March, and early May). If you’re interested, you can get started by downloading the application online. Financial assistance is available to those that qualify.
Peeka is a new virtual reality game introduced to Antioch Scholars during their trip to Seattle, WA, in July 2018. The designers of Peeka have since then visited the Jasper County, where AEC funded the implementation of Peeka throughout all the first-grade classes and the 300 students. AEC has now funded PEEKA, not only for the students of Jasper County, but also all of the first graders of Hampton 2 School District. AEC will also kick off PEEKA at Wellbranch Elementary School in Beaufort County in September 2019.
Feeding Our Youth (FOY) Program
The AEC’s Feeding Our Youth (FOY) Program started in March of 2018 at the Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School. This program provides nutritious snacks for 217 students each day before they go home. Because of this program, all of the Jasper County School Districts’ 6th graders and some 7th graders did not go hungry between their 11am lunch and their evening meal (sometimes much later than 6pm) and an extremely long bus ride home. AEC plans to feed all of the Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School’s 6th and 7th grade students during the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. This program is managed completely by volunteers and assistance is always welcomed. Please contact Antioch if you’d like to become a volunteer.
Holiday Giving Program
Through this program, AEC has provided holiday gifts and toys for more than 200 children every Christmas holiday since 2011. This all-volunteer managed program solicits and transports toys from donors throughout the state of South Carolina so that the children of Jasper County will receive much deserved treats and gifts.
Back to School Uniform Program
This program provides 400 sets of school uniforms each fall to Jasper County’s low-income students to help ensure an easy transition into a new school year. All uniforms are donated throughout the region by generous individuals, faith-based groups, and area non-profits.
All of these programs can use volunteers (with the exception of the Nursing Assistance Programs). Contact us to volunteer!