Deloris Summers, founder of Upstate Circle of Friends, recognized there were no afterschool or summer care options for parents of special needs children, and in June 2006 Upstate Circle of Friends Special Needs program was opened with 5 children with disabilities ranging from autism to mental retardation. The need remains and since has grown significantly providing basic special needs care. I suggest the LEARN MORE linked page should only have the second paragraph, and not repeat what is on the Program Page.
The Backpack Program provides children at-risk of hunger with food to take home over the weekends and out-of-school times. Backpacks or other containers are stocked with nutritious,child-friendly, easy-to-prepare food. They are typically distributed on Fridays or the last day the children attend the site for the week.
T.A.S.C. provides supervised daily structured activities, service coordination, and resource development for youth and their families. In addition, youth with academic or social difficulties in mainstream educational settings are provided individually developed educational enrichment.
Job Readiness Training
Upstate Circle of Friends now offers Job Readiness Training using the Tackling Tough Skills
curriculum. This program is a great opportunity to expose your teenagers to the workforce while receiving compensation for their efforts as well!!! The mission of the Job Readiness Training (JRT) program is to improve the overall functioning of at-risk high school students at home, in school, and in the community.
Upstate Circle of Friends, a 501(c)3 organization, has spent a decade creating and expanding opportunities to enhance the quality of life for at-risk children of Greenville and their families. Continuing in this mission, the board of directors has found yet another opportunity to make a real difference for the families of our Greenville veterans in need.
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