Youth Programs

DIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT ALLIANCE GROUP

STUDENT TO INDUSTRY PROGRAM (SIP)

Summarize the mission/purpose of the organization (1-2 Paragraphs)

The Diversity Advancement Alliance Group (DAAG) is a non-profit organization, based in the Charleston, South Carolina metropolitan area. Our organization’s mission focuses on creating business opportunities for small, minority-owned businesses, while building relationships between corporate members and small businesses. The final result is to add economic value to the diversity supply chain, while increasing economic opportunities in all genres of the small minority-owned business community. We are also committed to training the future of America’s workforce. To address the needs of its target groups, DAAG offers multiple workshops, seminars, and outreach and education programs designed to increase competitiveness across all industries.

Brief summary of the organization’s primary programs? (1-2 Paragraphs)

One of our primary programs is our School to Industry Program (SIP). Through SIP, local youth receive personal mentoring from business owners, as well as workforce-readiness training. This includes the development of soft skills, resume writing, computer literacy, internships, and opportunities to earn college credit during high school. SIP is one example of many collaborative efforts between DAAG, the Community Resource Center, and local school districts in the Charleston, South Carolina area. A large percentage of high school students who participate in this program graduate high school with an associate’s or technical degree from a local community college.

Briefly describe how the requested funding will be used? (1-2 Paragraphs)

Funding represents a tremendous opportunity to advance our mission. We are specifically seeking support to augment our School to Industry Program (SIP), which focuses on workforce-readiness training for local youth. We have faced challenges in facilitating this program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we have the capacity to offer SIP through in-person and virtual formats, further funding would help to increase our capabilities to sustain this dual-delivery format. This will be especially crucial to the success of this program as COVID-19 restrictions persist.

How will the organization determine it has accomplished the intended purpose of the program/project/event?

We intend to measure the success of the School to Industry Program (SIP) through both short-term and long-term evaluation measures. In the short-term, SIP’s success will be strongly tied to active program participation, retention, and encouraging participating youth to adopt social behavioral outlooks that are conducive to academic and future career success.

This program’s long-term evaluative measures are related to stewardship and helping others. From a quantitative perspective, SIP’s success is measured by how many of its program completers enter into an academic or career pathway upon graduation.