USC Aiken Youth Safe Haven Program
About the Program
The USC Aiken Youth Safe Haven is a community outreach program designed as a partnership between University of South Carolina Aiken, the City of Aiken Department of Public Safety, and the Aiken County Public School District to serve middle school youth living in economically-disadvantaged neighborhoods. Funded through a generous grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the goal of the program is to create safer communities by increasing protective factors and promoting positive outcomes for youth through education, mentoring, and enhanced law enforcement-community relations.
The USC Aiken Youth Safe Haven accomplishes its goal by operating easily accessible, community-based after-school programs within low-income neighborhoods. Participating middle school youth will have access to a safe space within their neighborhood where they can complete homework, participate in fun activities, and positively interact with local Public Safety officers and other caring adults. The first USC Aiken Youth Safe Haven will be located within the neighborhood of Crosland Park, less than a ten minute drive from both the University of South Carolina Aiken and Aiken Middle School. Thanks to a grant graciously awarded by the local United Way of Aiken County Women’s Leadership Council, meals and snacks will also be provided to youth at this location.
Become a Tutor
Research shows that academic success and attachment to school are protective factors that can help keep youth out of trouble and increase the likelihood of positive outcomes.
The USC Aiken Youth Safe Haven offers tutoring and homework assistance provided primarily by college students who are able to connect with youth and inspire them to enthusiastically engage in the learning process.
If you are interested in serving as a tutor, click on the links below for more information and to apply.
See description for Lead Tutor position
See description for Tutor position
Become a Mentor
The USC Aiken Youth Safe Haven aims to be a part of the proverbial "village" that it often takes to raise a child. Having a trusting, sustained, friendly relationship with a caring adult can make a world of difference in a young person’s life.
If you are interested in serving as a mentor, click on the link below for more information and to apply.
See description for Lead Mentor position
See description for Mentor position (coming soon)