Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club
Established in 2008, DGC has provided exceptional enrichment and leadership development opportunities to youth in the Tri-County area. Our program offers youth the chance to create unique experiences through various educational and leadership activities, including small-group mentorship and peer cohorts. Our mission is to transform these young men into natural-born leaders ready to take on the world. Our curriculum is tailored to critical areas that we believe to be essential for youth development and preparation for the real world,
Three core focus: College and Career Readiness, Leadership, and Healthy Relationships
To apply to become a Candidate for membership in the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club, please
I AM A GENTLEMAN,
I am a part of a BROTHERHOOD of positive men,
I am true to my GOD, my COMMUNITY, and MYSELF,
I have INTELLIGENCE, CLASS, and DIGNITY,
I will set and achieve my GOALS,
I will carry myself in a way that reflects my MORALS and VALUES,
I will respect my BROTHERS, ELDERS, LADIES, and MYSELF,
I AM the FUTURE,
I AM a DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN.
There are several incentives and rewards in place for each member that follows the expectations set by the program. The members enjoy gatherings at the bowling alley, skating rink, movie theatres, etc. as a result of good behavior and good character. All of these, of course, is predicated on the progress and growth of the club members.
The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club also has several events that are planned each year for the boys:
A jump start to the year where our members and families come together to celebrate a new year of service and mentorship.
LYS Awards and Induction Ceremony
This is a recognition ceremony for the boys who committed to the success of the program throughout the year with consistent participation at monthly sessions and community service projects and recognizing each child for their academic successes. After applicants complete the required process, they will officially be recognized as a Distinguished Gentleman via a ceremony. There are two ceremonies yearly at the end of the semester.
This is a celebration of a completed year for all the boys who maintain participation throughout the year with monthly sessions & community service while maintaining responsibilities with home and school expectations.
Every second Saturday during the Club Year (September - May) the DGC has its monthly Club Meetings. These meetings are times when the mentors and mentees come together for the purpose of learning special skills based on the theme and curriculum of the month. There is normally a Parent Advisory Council meeting that happens simultaneously.
Community Service Projects
Community Service is a big part of being a member of the DGC. Our members have a yearly service requirement of 18 hours. These hours can be earned during group Community Service Projects or on an individual basis.
We aren't ALWAYS working! Sometimes, we get together for fun outings where our young men get to let loose and have a good time! These can include trips to the movies, parks, cookouts, or even trips.
• New members must be rising 3rd-12th graders.
• New members must agree to follow all rules and regulations as implemented by DGC.
• All members must make an effort to attend and support all DGC functions
Step 1: Fill out the Application
To begin the enrollment process for your child please complete the CANDIDATE APPLICATION. Once the application is completed, you will be notified of the open enrollment meeting. At the meeting, you and your child will be part of an interview process.
Step 2: Open Enrollment Meeting & Interview Process
At the meeting, we will share information about the requirements of being in the program. You will have an interview with a DGC Mentor or Leadership team member. During this interview, the interviewer will ask questions to better understand why he wants to be part of DGC and how we can help your child.
Step 3: Induction
At the end of the semester, prospects who complete the necessary requirements will participate in the Distinguished Gentlemen's Induction Ceremony. During this ceremony, the prospect will be introduced as an official member of the Distinguished Gentlemen's Club. They will receive their club regalia (bowtie and DGC polo shirt) as well as recite the Gentleman's Creed along with fellow inductees.
After induction, they are now official "Gentlemen" and are qualified for retreats and DGC Awards.
Yes, there is a non-refundable Commitment Fee of $100 per child, per year. This can be paid outright by the parent or the applicant can receive sponsorships. This payment is required by the end of the first month of the active semester. These funds go directly into the DGC Finances.
No. Each child is subject to rejection from the program if the child isn't willing to actively participate in the program. There is a cap on the number of applicants we can accept and therefore, we must make sure that the accepted applicants are taking the program seriously.
If you have a question that has not been answered in this section, please CONTACT US with your question and we will get back to you promptly. Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to meeting your child and family.
(843) 375 6478
PO Box 62215
North Charleston, SC 29483