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South Carolina Initiative Overview
The South Carolina prevention initiative focuses on bringing together everyone in the state concerned about the safety of our children. Our collective state-wide efforts focus on the following primary groups of people: schools, faith centers, youth serving organizations, youth sports organizations and parents. A small sampling of the groups we have trained include 31 different denominations of faith communities, military, teachers, parents, athletic clubs, service organizations, and many more.
OUR GOAL: TIPPING POINT
Based on Malcolm Gladwell's book, The Tipping Point, our goal is based on the theory that if you influence 5% of any given population to think and act a certain way, you can ignite social change. The change we are aspiring to make is having more adults actively preventing child sexual abuse by training 5% of the adult population in SC to prevent, recognize and react to child sexual abuse! SC's Lowcountry is home to the headquarters of D2L and what we consider the "test kitchen" for our prevention programs. The tri-county area of the Lowcountry (Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley counties) proudly boasts reaching the tipping point milestone - more than 22,500 adults trained in D2L's Stewards of Children program!
As a vehicle for training large numbers of adults in a short period of time, we use a D2L program called Prevent-A-Thon. Prevent-A-Thon is a month long media event occurring every August. Our TV, radio, outdoor, and print media partners promote prevention and more than 60 free training sessions are held throughout the month all over the community.
At the heart of the Tri-County Initiative is our Community Coalition. Our Coalition represents volunteers from all corners of our community including educators, business professionals, homemakers, government workers, media consultants, and many more. This dynamic group monitors the initiative and works hard to spread the word about prevention to everyone who cares for or about children.
The Lowcountry enthusiasm is gaining momentum and initiatives are underway in Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg, Aiken, and Beaufort. Greenville, Spartanburg, and Columbia are on their way to having strong coalitions in place.
At the heart of our state-wide initiative is our partnership with the SC Department of Education. This is the first and largest educator prevention initiative in the US. D2L and the SC Department of Education are committed to training ALL of SC educators (55,000!) and school district personnel and are proud to say that we are more than half way there!
Check out our upcoming events to see what else is going on in SC and check out the Success Stories section of the D2L Blog for headlining news about great things happening in South Carolina!