Every Child Wins
The Lowcountry Youth Service mission is to create and implement programming that will give youth the tools they need to thrive in life.
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.
Why Does Mentoring Matter?
5 Important Reasons to Support Mentorship
1. MENTORSHIP IMPACTS YOUTH IN SCHOOL
Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. (Public/Private Ventures Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
2. MENTORSHIP REDUCES DRUG/ALCOHOL ABUSE
Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
3. MENTORING PROMOTES POSITIVE SOCIAL ATTITUDES AND RELATIONSHIPS
Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them. (The Role of Risk, 2013)
4. MENTORSHIP HELPS TO PREVENT DEPRESSION IN YOUTH
Studies show that the strongest benefit from mentoring, and most consistent across risk groups, was a reduction in depressive symptoms — particularly noteworthy given that almost one in four youth reported worrisome levels of these symptoms at baseline. (The Role of Risk, 2013)
5.MENTORSHIP INCREASES COLLEGE ENROLLMENT
Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)
LYS By the Numbers