The Village Group

Cultivating a better community through children

Georgetown, SC   |  http://www.thevillagegroup.org

Mission

The Village Group serves as a bridge in Georgetown County for youth and their families toward education, college and career readiness, to make positive changes in their lives and develop a sense of urgency, identity and self-value - resulting in a more resilient and sustainable community.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Mr Ray C. Funnye

Main address

PO Box 700

Georgetown, SC 29442 USA

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EIN

06-1749252

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A study by Harvard economists rates Georgetown, SC, as a county where “poor children have the most difficulty in the country climbing the income ladder.” (NYTimes, 5/5/15) It is in the bottom 5% of all counties in the U.S. on income mobility. The study concludes, “The broader lesson of our analysis is that social mobility should be tackled at the local level.” In Plantersville: White 19% African-American 77% 23% of Population has Post-Secondary Education Median Household Income $24,554 28% of population on Food stamps 28% are Single Female Head of Household 100% of unwed mothers in Plantersville live below the poverty level In nearly every measurement, families and their children living in the rural, western part of Georgetown County SC face a significant chance of living in poverty, in a single-parent household and facing a considerable struggle. The youth in these homes represent our target audience.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Plantersville Summer Academy (PSA)

PSA is the largest Summer Slide prevention program in Georgetown County, SC. Through pre/post testing we identify the needs and accomplishments of the students. Our Certified teachers provide youth entering k - 9th grade several hours of classroom instruction. Integrated into the day is experiential activities, largely based on STEM such as Young Engineering program, Aeronautical week, field trips to Amtrak, museums, parks, and guest speakers. Literacy is of the highest priority . Students identified needing assistance work with a Reading Specialist . Students receive three nutritious meals a day.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Non-Profit of the Year - Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce 2015

South Carolina After School Alliance 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Plantersville Summer Academy (PSA)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Young Engineering Program is available to 5 - 9th graders began in 2018 and was requested by students and parents to be expanded.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Plantersville Summer Academy (PSA)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

20/21 Virtual program 1- 5 grades PSA is those entering K-9th grade from Plantersville having first preference then it is opened to all of Gtwn. PEA is only K-5 in Plantersville Elementary.

Number of links and collaborations with external organizations that support student learning and its priority tasks

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to COIVD-19 we worked extensively to meet the needs of families from Plantersville through collaborating with new partners such as Helping Hands of Georgetown and Lowcountry Food Bank.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Village Group is committed to inspiring and encouraging students to appreciate the value of being lifelong learners. The goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment, while at the same time improve performance on standardized tests and increase the number of students who graduate from high school. Long term, these improvements and positive vision should help their career opportunities and overall life success.

Plantersville Summer Academy's goal is to eliminate summer slide. Summer Slide is particularly acute among low-income students, who lose an average of more than 2 months in reading achievement in the summer, slowing their development and readiness for the next grade. It exacerbates the achievement gap with their middle-class peers. By the fifth grade, low-income students fall about 3 years behind their counterparts due to a lack of summer educational and personal experience opportunities. Yet, studies show that summer learning programs (of at least 6 weeks) can produce statistically significant gains in reading performance. (Handbook of Research on Schools, Schooling and Human Development)

We seek to expand students economic opportunities through greater academic achievement and a broader view of the world and their career possibilities.

In 2008 The Village Group begun Plantersville Summer Academy (PSA) a 7 week program in June and July offering a bridge to prepare students entering K-9 grades for the next school year. Our premier program seeks to prepare low-income minority youth for academic achievement and STEM-based careers. It involves working with the rural youth on math, STEM and literacy, as well as introducing them to the larger world’s possibilities.

In 2017 through a grant from the South Carolina Department of Education we implemented the Plantersville Enrichment Academy (PEA). This after school program provides remedial education and academic enrichment at Plantersville Elementary School. PEA provides students with tutoring, homework assistance, recreation, character education, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), Mentoring, Entrepreneurship experiences, and nutritious snacks after-school.

The Village Flyers Bike Club engages mentor-mentee pairs for regular bike rides. This ongoing interaction develops connection between under-served youth and the community. Kids experience movement and activity as part of a healthy lifestyle – developing beneficial habits.
Mentors’ interaction, activity and guidance instill positive growth and leadership skills in mentees. The bike club empowers the youth through teaching goal setting and responsibility. Kids can earn bicycle ownership through consistent participation and commitment.

Plantersville Summer Academy uses nationally certified teachers to spark interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) and inspire STEM-related career choices. To enhance other academic achievements, we work on math aptitude and have a certified Reading Specialist providing one-on-one and small group lessons to those found to be performing below grade level. In addition to the academic emphasis and daily outdoor exercise activities, we broaden students’ views of the world through life-enriching field trips, to increase knowledge, help mold positive attitudes and raise their self-expectations. Trips have included visits to:
• Industries (Boeing, BMW, SC Ports)
• Delta Airlines maintenance center
• Colleges and university (Howard in Washington, DC, Tuskegee in AL and Bethune Cookman in FL)
• Washington DC’s Air & Space Museum
• Wildlife refuges
• Art galleries

Plantersville Enrichment Academy 's certified teachers provide support to 88% of Plantersville elementary school's attendees. Working in partnership with the school's teachers we provide the "extra" assistance necessary in order for the children to perform at or close to grade level.

• In 2019, we reviewed our board of directors and recruited on the need for specific professions, younger professionals, people who resided outside of Plantersville and individuals with non-profit board experience. Efforts are in progress to recruit individuals to serve on committees that reflect the community we serve, as well as board candidates with specific areas of expertise.
• A full-time Chief Operating Officer with demonstrated experience in non-profit management was hired.
• Donated land in Plantersville was developed as the Plantersville Cultural Center and serves as TVG headquarters. It may also house other TVG activities and community programs, creating an ongoing visible presence to the community of our commitment to Plantersville.
• Several program participants have now graduated from college and returned to The Village Group to share what they are doing. For example, one works with Microsoft. Another is an elementary teacher. Another began teaching math at Georgetown Middle School in the fall of 2019. She also is now a teacher with our Plantersville Summer Academy. The return of these former students, sharing their experiences and stories while acting as mentors demonstrates the possible careers our students can pursue.
. Added a 10-session series on character values that is currently used in schools in Ohio, Florida and Texas with some 10,000 youth. The series helps “young students, who can change the world” understand the value of attitude, self-esteem, willpower, understanding people, forgiveness and hope. They learn that thoughts become actions, actions become habits and habits become your destiny.
• Participated in a Summer Film Literacy Youth Program.
. Took students on the Capstone Trip to the National Museum of African-American History & Culture (Washington, DC) and Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD).
• Through a new partnership, initiated a Water Safety Program

What is next - The Board of Directors' Strategic Planning Committee is leading the BOD in determining the next one- three year plan based on information secured through an independent consultants interviews with stakeholders such as parents, funders, teachers, board members and volunteers. In addition, the board is having discussions about maxing out the physical space at Plantersville Elementary School and researching expansion to a second location with similar demographics and issues.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Village Group

Board of directors
as of 2/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Edrick Alston

Georgetown County School District - Carver Bay Middle School

Term: 2019 - 2021

Edrick Alston

Georgetown County School District - Carver Bay Middle School

Mack Burgess

Georgetown County School District - McDonald Elementary School

Pamela Martin, PhD

Coastal Carolina University

Ashley Nelson

The Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

Sarah Smith

Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments

Vanessa Dease

GCSD - Georgetown Middle School

Theo Krapels

retired - DuPont de Nemours

Talicia McCants

Santee Cooper

Michael Wright

AMI Kids

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/04/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/29/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.