Our Vision is that “Every Child Wins”

Welcome to Lowcountry Youth Services, where our vision is that “Every Child Wins”. Here at Lowcountry Youth Services, we offer several programs that provide Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester county youth with the tools they need to succeed in every area of their lives. Life is challenging at times, and for some children, it’s more challenging than normal. Our 1-on-1, group mentoring and youth development programs address these needs, and our programs are intentional about providing positive role models and teaching children various life, social, and problem-solving skills.

Our programs are available to young people from all ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. It doesn’t matter if a child is a straight-A student who happens to be distracted by a traumatic situation at home or a child who has been charged with multiple juvenile offenses, and labeled “high-risk”. The reality is every child can benefit from structured support, and every child can win if given the opportunity!

Do you have a desire to make a positive difference with young people? Lowcountry Youth Services is the place for you! Prefer to work with elementary children? We can help! What about preparing children for college? We have a spot for you! Do you want to work with juvenile offenders? Maybe those who have academic challenges? Let us know! Click below to start a conversation about volunteer opportunities with Lowcountry Youth Services!

Leadership

Executive Committee
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


Advisory Committee
Ricardo Perry - Founder/Special Advisor
Louis Tyson
Position on Board: Advisory Member (Non-Voting)
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.


Board Members
Jamie Bierdz - Chairwoman
Stephen Kohn- Treasurer
Katie Dahlhiem - Secretary
Position on Board: Secretary
Profession: Lawyer
When you joined the Board: Summer of 2018

What attracted you to our cause? Our organization?
I had helped with a school supply drive, which is where I first heard about DGC. I started following the organization on social media and learned that it was so much more than just cute kids in bow ties. As a former public defender, I remember thinking that so many of my clients who were facing prison time could have had such different lives in only adults had invested in them.

What keeps you here?
I'm very proud of the growth of DGC into Lowcountry Youth Services. We have found the formula for meaningful, impactful change and I want to help spread that to as many kids in our area as possible for as long as possible. Harnessing the wisdom of those who do this work and adding in passionate adult volunteers, the potential is limitless.

What inspires you?
Our volunteers and mentors, who are so giving of their time inspire me and so do my own children, who teach me new things every day.

Something interesting about yourself?
I'm the founder of the Lowcountry Blessing Box Project. In two years, we have set up more than 100 anonymous free food pantries in the Lowcountry where anyone can leave what they can or take what they need.

Angela Baldwin
Brenda Bradley
Latoya Lewis
Occupation: Trident United Way Family Navigator, Interior Designer & Blogger
Year You Began Working with LYS: 2016

I was attracted to mentoring because I wanted to continue being of service to my community & the surrounding areas. I was drawn to LYS because of the continued need of mentoring in our area & my husband's service with DGC.

What keeps you here?
The knowledge that the work we do in the community helps so many. What inspires you? Being of service, finding solutions to problems & seeing the impact of those things.

Something interesting about yourself?
I'm the oldest of 10, a wife & mom of 5 who still finds time to do what she loves.

Monica Scott
James Singleton Jr.
Position on Board: Trustee
Profession: Higher Education, Student Affaires
When you joined the Board: 2019

What attracted you to our cause? Our organization? At the time I was looking for a place where I could dedicate time to a worthy cause. I met Sam Bellamy after connecting on Facebook. We met and discussed what the heart and mission of DGC and I joined shortly after.

I believe in the mission, the heart and soul of Lowcountry Youth Services. Helping others achieve their best helps me reach my full potential.

What keeps you here?
The kids and the fellowship with mentors and community. Lowcountry Youth Services is really a good organization inspiring the next generation of young men. Making a difference means a whole lot to me. Someone helped me and now I’m helping others, paying it forward, and teaching it forward.

What inspires you?
Life and helping others

Something interesting about yourself?
I’m an avid gardener. I’ve grown a variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers. I love reading and playing tennis.

Taylar Tyson
Position on Board: Advisory Member (Non-Voting)
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.

Ashley Woodard
Ricardo Perry

ReZsaun Lewis
Executive Director