Our Vision is that “Every Child Wins”
Every Child Wins
To provide Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester County youth with the tools they need to succeed in every area of their lives.
Commitment to Success
Lowcountry Youth Services was established in October 2018 as Connections and You, Inc by Ricardo Perry in Hanahan, South Carolina. The organization's initial idea was to establish the Bennie Warren Home for Boys in the Charleston area to house young men who were either considered runaways or were in the DSS or DJJ systems. These young men would be surrounded by positive and influential adults who would have a consistent impact on their daily lives. Due to the many challenges in bringing them home to reality and the immediate need for a positive effect for the young men in the community, the Distinguished Gentlemen's Club (DGC) was born. DGC would share the Bennie Warren Home concept for boys, except the mission would be done in communities instead of in one house. On April 10, 2010, the DGC held its first meeting with only 12 young men from the Tri-County area at the Danny Jones Recreational Center in North Charleston, South Carolina. In April 2013, the DGC branched off into two chapters - DGC Hanahan and DGC North Charleston - because of the considerable growth the program had gone through in just a few short years. In May of 2016, DGC Summerville began as another chapter of the program. At that time, the program also added an Induction Process, which allowed candidates to earn their membership to the program via hours of attendance, community, and completing required organizational tasks. All three branches merged into one program in May of 2017. At the end of 2018, Distinguished Gentlemen's Club Inc officially changed its name to Lowcountry Youth Services to open the door for additional programming and community workshops.
The Lowcountry Youth Services has served over 400 young men and their families since its inception.
LYS has been featured in many publications such as The Post and Courier, The Hanahan Gazette, The Summerville Journal Scene, and being highlighted on WCIV News and WCSC News on various occasions. Lowcountry Youth Services has also been the recipient of grants from Senator Marlon Kimpson, Jaime Harrison, Dominion Energy, and many others. Many organizations and local governments have also recognized LYS via awards.
The reality is every child can benefit from structured support, and every child can win if given the opportunity! If you're interested in getting involved, reach out at email@example.com
ReZsaun Lewis - Executive Director
Position: Executive Director
Occupation: Executive Assistant
Year You Began Working with LYS: 2016
What attracted you to our cause? Our organization?
I have an interest in working with young men who have the tools to be successful but just need someone who cares enough to show them the way and not give up on them when they make mistakes. I believe in the power of mentorship.
What keeps you here?
Since coming to LYS in 2016, I’ve seen this organization from multiple angles, and I’ve seen the growth that we’ve experienced over the year. I’ve also seen the impact that we make on the lives of each and every family that we come into contact with. It makes me hopeful for the future if we just keep going!
What inspires you?
I’m inspired each time I see one of the young men who came through our organization achieve a personal, academic or professional goal, knowing that it may not have happened without us.
>Something interesting about yourself?
I’m a veteran of the United States Army and I’ve also served my community as a teacher. I love music and God.
Samuel Bellamy - Director of Community Partnerships
Ricardo Perry - Founder/Special Advisor
Profession: Senior Accountant
When you joined the Board: 2019
He strongly believes that communities are best strengthened at the individual level rather than from above. The youth of today are definitely a gift worth fighting for. LYS is an organization that certainly aligns with that goal. He is a Senior Accountant at a local CPA firm and lives in Hanahan with his wife and two teenage boys.
James Singleton Jr.