Macedonia Life-Skills Center - Providing opportunities for youth and adults.

Assists
(Emergency Assistance Program)
Aids Darlington County at-risk and disadvantaged families in obtaining basic needs to include food, water, masks, Covid-19 flyers and information, clothes, shoes, toiletries, school supplies, education support, job assistance, budgeting, medical and behavior health support, items for the home, and rent/utility assistance. For assistance call 843-319-1837.

M&Ms (manners & movies)
Fridays, 3 - 6 
ages 5 - 12
refreshments served


Due to Covid-19, the following 2021 programs are postponed until further notice.

2021 Programs and Activities

Youth and Adults Mentoring Programs:
Youth Focus, We Can, RAW (Reading and Writing) Bible Study, Summer Feeding & Enrichment Program, and
 RAE (Risk Avoidance Education) includes the following:
                                   Prevention and Wellness
                                   Healthy Relationships
                                   Goal-Setting
                                   Self-sufficiency
                                   Personal Responsibility
                                   Economic Mobility
                                   Educational Opportunities 
                                   Refreshments served

Macedonia Life-Skills Center will be implementing One Circle Foundation Models and Best Practices into our programs this year.

One Circle Foundation offers three models: Girls Circle, The Council for Boys and Young Men, and Women’s Circle.

One Circle Foundation programs employ evidence-based principles of a strengths-based approach, motivational interviewing strategies and have a strong focus on positive youth development. The age old process of communing in a safe circle is the foundational strength of all programs.

Girls Circle (Mondays 6 - 8 pm, refreshments served)
A structured support group for girls and gender-expansive youth from 9-18 years which integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training. Designed to increase positive connection, strengths, and competence in girls. Also offered under the model is Mother-Daughter Circle, for mothers or female caregivers and their daughters. 

The Council (Mondays 6 - 8 pm, refreshments served)
A strengths-based group approach to promote boy's and young men’s safe and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years. In this structured environment, boys and young men gain the vital opportunity to address masculine definitions and behaviors and build capacities to find their innate value and create good lives - individually and collectively! 
 
Women's Circle (Mondays 6 - 8 pm, refreshments served)
A support group for women to share, explore, build skills, and encourage one another to live authentically in mind, body, heart and spirit. A program for women in colleges, careers, recovery programs, institutions, job training, military or volunteer service, faith- based settings, homemakers and caregivers. 

How it Works
5-10 participants with 1-2 facilitators meet for 1.5 - 2 hour weekly sessions during an "8-12 week period*. Groups are age-appropriate with gender-relevant themes and employ strengths-based facilitation strategies.

One Circle Foundation Facilitator Trainings and Curricula help ensure that these circle models will be implemented successfully, with fidelity and confidence. Adaptable to school and high transition settings.



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2019 - 2020 Programs and Activities
 
Food Distribution Program for 2020 ended Sept 30, 2020

A GREAT BIG THANK-YOU 
to
 Genesis Health Care 
for financing this program. 
Food was distributed to those in need
from March - Sept. 2020
School supplies, masks, and toiletries were also distributed.

A GREAT BIG THANK-YOU also goes to DHEC for the COVID-19 material and COVID-19 coloring books that were donated during the food distribution.

Youth Mentoring Programs:
Youth Focus, We Can, and Bible Study
October 2019 - May 2020
Mondays, 6 - 8 pm
Ages 6 -18
Parents and adults are welcome.

Classes: Life-Skills, Bible Study, Leadership, Cultural Diversity, Time Management, Goal-Setting, Marketing, Budgeting & Finance, Job Exploration, Interviewing Skills & Techniques, Resume' Writing, Gangs, School Violence, Dating Violence, Healthy Relationships, Abstinence, Health & Nutrition, and Prevention, to include but not limited to, Safety, Drugs, Alcohol, Grief, Suicide and Behavioral Health. Refreshments Served.  

M&Ms (Manners & Movies)
October 2019 - May 2020
Every Friday, 4 - 6 pm, ages 5 - 12
Refreshments Served 


Summer Feeding and Enrichment Evening
Ages 0 - 18
June 24 - 27, 2019    6 - 8 pm


Technology Feeding and Enrichment Day Camp 
Ages 6 - 18
August 5 - 9, 2019      9 - 6 pm

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2018 Programs and Activities

2nd Term

October - December, 2018
Mondays and Thursdays 6-8 pm
ages 9 - 18
Refreshments served

 RAE (Risk Avoidance Education) includes the following:

                                   Prevention and Wellness
                                   Healthy Relationships
                                   Goal-Setting
                                   Self-sufficiency
                                   Personal Responsibility
                                   Economic Mobility
                                   Educational Opportunities 
                                 
Youth will learn how to obtain self-sufficiency by tackling health, education, and financial stability. Youth will obtain knowledge and skills to form healthy relationships and set meaningful goals. They will learn the benefits of postponing pregnancy until they are better equipped to support a baby financially and emotionally. Macedonia Life-Skills Center guides youth along the path of education, employment, marriage, and then children. We will demonstrate how setting goals and making healthy choices can help them avoid poverty and lay the foundation for their success in the future. 

1st Term

January - May, 2018
Mondays and Thursdays, 6 - 8 pm
ages 9 - 18
Refreshments served
Registration required

Summer Term

June 9 - July 30
Monday  thru  Thursday
 8:30 - 2:30 pm
ages 18 and below
Refreshments served
Registration required


Classes:
(RAW) Reading and Writing
Leadership and Discipline
Bullying and Prevention
(prevention programs include gang, bullying, drug, alcohol and pregnancy prevention) 
Career Exploration/Preparation
Relationship Education
Community Service
Recreation and Nutrition
Finance and Budgeting
Music, Arts and Crafts
Refreshments served
Registration required

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2017 Programs and Activities

Science South
(Mobile Digital Star Lab Session)
July 24, 1:00, 2:15, and 3:15
Location - YMCA, Darlington
Refreshments served
Registration required

Science South
(Mobile Digital Star Lab Session)
July 25, 10:00, 11:15, and 12:15
Location - Stanley Gym, Darlington
Refreshments served
Registration required

Science South
(Scales and Tails - Life Science)
(Inquiring Minds - Physical Science)
July 27th, 9:30 and 11:00 
Location - New Zion Missionary Baptist Church #1, Sardis
Refreshments served
Registration required


Youth Focus Programs

We Can (After-School Mentoring and Tutoring)
CHATS (Children Helping Around Town) 
Bullying and Prevention
Think Truth Today (Abstinence Education)
Career Exploration/Preparation
RAW (Reading and Writing)
Recreation and Nutrition
4-H Friendship Club
Refreshments served
Registration required

2017 Summer Feeding and Enrichment Program
New Zion Missionary Baptist Church #1, Sardis
June 1 - July 28, 2017
Mon - Fri
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
ages 18 and below
 Refreshments served
Registration required

2017 Summer Teen Sessions, ages 12 - 18
Think Truth Today (Abstinence Education)
St. Mark Pentecostal Holiness Church, Lamar
New Zion Missionary Baptist Church #1, Sardis
Stanley Gym, Darlington
Refreshments served
Registration required

2017 Fall/Winter After-School Programs
September - December
Mondays & Tuesdays 6 - 8 pm

Classes included, but were not limited to:
Bible Study, life-skills, church etiquette, manners, mentoring, tutoring, homework assistance, budgeting & finance, sports & fitness, college prep, career exploration & preparation, educational field trips, character education, leadership development, health & nutrition, public speaking, music, arts & crafts, reading & writing, community service, teamwork, safety education, sports & recreation, and prevention programs to include bullying, gangs, child abuse, dating violence, school & family violence, suicide, alcohol, drug and pregnancy prevention. 

Adult Focus Programs
Bible-Study
Budgeting and Finance
Family Assistance
Grant-writing
Interviewing Skills and Techniques
RAW (Reading and Writing)
Church Etiquette
Health and Nutrition
Sexual Harassment
Child Abuse
Family Violence
Refreshments served
Reservations required


Macedonia Life-Skills Center is an Equal Opportunity Service Provider

Macedonia Life-Skills Center (MLSC) does not discriminate in the delivery of services. MLSC offers equal opportunity in provision of services with regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status and mental or physical disability in keeping with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.



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