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A Child’s Haven

Address: 1124 Rutherford Road , 29609
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 292-0025, Fax: 298-0045
Target Group: All ages
A Child’s Haven provides therapeutic care for abused children in Greenville County . The program is Medicaid eligible. Program services cover a therapeutic child care and diagnostic preschool. Children are referred by Child Protective Services, Guardian Ad Litem, Mental Health and similar agencies.

American Red Cross – Youth Group
Address: 940 Grove Road
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 271-8222, Phone (Youth Group Information): 282-8644, Fax: 282-8662
Target Group: Students Aged 13 – 18
The American Red Cross prevents, prepares for, and responds to emergencies. The Youth Group and Teen Volunteer Services are free for students ages 13 to 18.
Program services include peer education on HIV/Aids, parties for children living in shelters, health and safety fairs, tutoring, leadership training and transportation. Enrollment capacity in the youth program is 50.
Call to join the mailing list for American Red Cross Youth Group.

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Blue Ridge Council Boy Scouts of America
Physical Address: 2 Ridgeway Avenue
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6628, 29606
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 233-8363, Fax: 233-2424
Target Group: Ages 5 – 21
The Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America provides programs for youth development. The program is year-round with a variety of activities for youth. Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing and Exploring offer youth the opportunities to develop physically, mentally and socially. Fees are $7.00 per year with unlimited scholarships based on need. Youth may join through a local neighborhood organization or by contacting the Blue Ridge Council Office.

Camp Opportunity, Incorporated
Address: 941 Click Springs Road, 29609
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 282-8633, Fax: 282-8634
Target Group: Ages 6 – 14
Camp Opportunity, Inc. provides recreational and esteem-building activities to abused and neglected children. Round-trip transportation to activity sites is provided from central locations such as the Department of Social Service parking lot. Enrollment capacity is 80 children for the overnight camp. The camp is free for those youth under protective custody by the Department of Social Service.
Programs include a week-long summer residential camp for six to ten-year-olds, three teen weekend retreats per calendar year, outings, holiday parties, clothes closet, tutoring and mentoring programs, and Christmas sponsorships.
Department of Social Service caseworkers provide the initial contact.

Child Development & Family Learning Center – Greer
Address: 200 Morgan Street, Greer, 29650
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 848-2486, Fax: 848-2438
Target Group: All ages
The Child Development & Family Learning Center of Greer addresses poverty-related problems in Sunnyside Neighborhood. A year-round program of activities is offered for children of all ages. Eligibility and fees depend on the specific event. Programs concentrate on school-readiness and improving literacy through exposing four-year-olds, at-risk kindergarteners and adults to an environment rich in language and print. Opportunities are provided for storytelling, reading, listening, games and playtime. Other programs include Head Start, after-school extended day program, preschool special education, four-year-old kindergarten, teen parent family literacy, and a summer program for three- and four-year-olds.
Child Development & Family Learning Center – Northwest Crescent
Address: 925 N. Franklin Road, 29617
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 241-4854
Target Group: All ages
The Child Development & Family Service Center of the Northwest Crescent provides programs to improve the health, education and welfare of people of all ages. A multi-service center for children and families living in the Northwest Crescent area provides a kindergarten for four-year-olds, parent education and family literacy, Head Start for three-year-olds, a health clinic, senior action, and GED and ESL programs

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City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department
Physical Address: 206 South Main Street
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2207, 29602
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 467-4355, Phone (Youth Programs Bureau): 467-8008
Phone (Community Centers Bureau): 467-4355, Fax: 467-5735
Target Group: Ages 18 and Under
The City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department provides a wide variety of leisure opportunities and facilities to fulfill recreational needs of youth 18 years and younger. Transportation is provided for specific programs. There are recreation programs and activities designed to be especially interesting and challenging to those under 18. Year-round community service and recreational programs are offered. Activities offered are after-school tutorial programs, day camp, drama, sports league activities, employment skills workshop, teen council and special events.

Community Foundation of Greater Greenville
Physical Address: 27 Cleveland Street, Suite 1001
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6909, 29609
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 233-5925, Fax: 242-9292
The Community Foundation of Greater Greenville manages, administers, and invests gifts from charitable-minded donors and grants awarded to non-profit agencies such as the Community Enrichment Grants and Walker Johnson Trust Grants. The Foundation also provides training opportunities. The main purpose and goal of the foundation is improving quality of life for Greenville residents.

Communities in Schools / Case Management
Address: P.O. Box 1038 29603
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 467-4881, Fax: 467-1491
Target Group: Ages 9 – 14
Communities in Schools / Case Management provides a year-round program. Offices are located in various community schools. The programs offer tutoring and field trips. A summer activity is also available. Client case plans and referrals are part of the services provided.
Enrollment capacity is 400 to 500 youth. Some transportation is available. Youth may apply through schools that have a caseworker.

Department of Juvenile Justice Probation / Parole Officer
Address: 301 University Ridge Suite 4600
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 467-7512, Fax: 467-7514
Target Group: All ages
Only juveniles that have committed and have been adjudicated for a crime or have come through family court are eligible for this program. Transportation is provided for limited services.

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Department of Juvenile Justice / Governor’s Community Youth Council, 13th Judicial Circuit
Address: 24 Vardry Street, Suite 103, 29601
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 241-1252, Fax: 241-1250
Target Group: 19 and Under
The Office of Victim Services assists victims of juvenile crime. The Youth Council is a collaborative effort to develop prevention and intervention programs for youth in the 13 th Judicial Circuit. Victims of juvenile crime are the clients of the program.

Family & Child Development Center – Golden Strip
Address: 1102 Howard Drive, Simpsonville, 29681
Office Hours: By Appointment Only
Phone: 967-2022, Fax: 967-0288
Target Group: All ages
The Family & Child Development Center provides health and human services for residents of southern Greenville and northern Laurens county. A year-round health and human services program is offered. Additional programs include drama classes, job assistance, classes to end family violence, victim services, family-planning immunization, disability services, emergency relief, literacy partnership, GED and a kindergarten for four-year-olds. Most programs are offered free of charge. The center also offers child care for children six-months to three-years-old.

Family Learning Resource Center
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 241-4804
Target Group: Birth – 4 years
The Family Learning Resource Center provides parents with information, materials and services to prepare their children for academic success. Among the services provided are adult education, ESOL classes, four-year-old kindergarten, and parent meetings. Parent-child activities are also offered. Parents are asked to drop in and play with their children and act as teachers.

Generations Group Homes, Inc.
Phone: P.O. Box 725, Simpsonville, 29681
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 243-5557, Fax: 243-5947
Target Group: Ages 10 – 18
Generations Group Homes, Inc. serves adolescent males in a residential setting and provides a high and moderate management community-based group home for boys 10 to 18 years to help youth deal with physical and mental abuse. Services include academic instruction, activities of daily living, life skills enhancement, recreational activities, career explorations, and community outings. Contact the clinical director for application procedure.

Greenville’s Child, Inc.
Physical Address: 24 Vardry Street, Suite 101
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8821, 29604-8821
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 467-4800, Fax: 467-4805
Target Group: 12 and Under
Greenville’s Child, Inc. makes quality, affordable child care available in Greenville County and the Upstate. Program services include child care resources and referral for parents seeking child care. Counseling is provided for parents on how to select quality child care. Coordination of child care services and activities is an important part of the agency. Consultation is provided to business and industry about child care options. Educational information is provided on issues concerning child care and the types of programs available. Application procedure is by telephone for resource and referral. A personal application is required for crisis care on a short-term basis.

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Greenville Co. Commission on Alcohol & Drug Abuse
Address: 3336 Old Buncombe Road, 29617
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 467-3737, Fax: 467-3779
Target Group: Students
The main purpose of the Greenville County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse is individual, group and family counseling services. Assistance is provided for affordable, accessible and high-quality services aimed at combating choices which negatively impact students’ health. Services include prevention, intervention and treatment of the use of alcohol and other drugs. The agency also provides educational presentations and community awareness activities regarding various problems and issues associated with alcohol and drug abuse. Transportation is not provided by this agency. Year-round programs are provided. Please call, and we will be ready to help you.

Greenville County Recreation District
Address: 400 Roper Mt. Road, 29615
Office Hours 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 288-6470, Fax: 288-6499
Target Group: All ages
The Greenville County Recreation District serves Greenville excluding Greer, Mauldin, and Simpsonville. The agency’s goal is to provide recreational programs for the community. Transportation is not provided.
Programs are year-round for all ages. Program services include—but are not limited to—athletics, therapeutic activities, community center and special events.

Greenville Family Partnership
Address: P.O. Box 10203, 29603
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 467-4099 or 1-800-732-4102, Fax: 467-4102
Target Group: Students
The Greenville Family Partnership is a non-profit drug-prevention resource center which promotes a drug-free lifestyle. The organization coordinates Red Ribbon Celebration Week. Assistance is provided to stimulate awareness, education and involvement for parents and youth in promoting a drug-free lifestyle. Family Connections Newsletter, Greenville’s Leader’s Against Drugs (GLAD), a youth-empowered drug prevention program, Tobacco Free Kids Coalition, Parenting Workshop Series and Code Blue are all programs geared to promoting a drug-free lifestyle.

Greenville Housing Authority Youth Association
Physical Address: 511-B Augusta Street
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 10047 29603
Office Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Phone: 467-4278, Fax: 467-2613
Target Group: Ages 6 – 14
Greenville Housing Authority Youth Association provides sports activities for developing our city’s youth. Local sports heroes are often brought in to encourage youth living in public housing. There is a high concentration of youth in public housing units, and the Association feels the responsibility to provide an outlet for social and physical development of children age 16 to 14. Transportation is provided during the year-round program. Eligibility/fees are affordable.

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Greenville Police Department Community Services Bureau
Address: P.O. Box 2207, 29602
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 467-4374, Fax: 467-6664
Target Group: 6 and Up
The Community Services Bureau is located in the Law Enforcement Center. Year-round programs include neighborhood-based police services including the Community Patrol Officer Program and the Community Relations Program which provides crime prevention, school safety and drug-abuse education. Transportation is provided as needed. Code Blue is a drug education program provided by the Community Patrol Officers.

Greenville Council for the Prevention of Teen Pregnancy
Address: 301 University Ridge, Suite 5150, 29601
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 467-3310, Fax: 467-3311
Website: www.gcptp.org
The Greenville Council for the Prevention of Teen Pregnancy is a community education agency which advocates and supports programs and strategies that reduce the incidence of adolescent pregnancy. The target markets are parents, clergy, teachers and other youth-serving professionals. Programs and services for parents are varied. Let’s Talk About Sex, Postponing Sexual Involvement, consultations, Speaker’s Bureau, The Answer Team, Peer Pressure – Developing Decision-Making Skills, and advocacy are some of the services offered. The Council acts as a clearinghouse for information on adolescent pregnancy issues and provides a quarterly newsletter. May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. The Teen Issues Resource Library provides videos, books, workbooks, posters, brochures, infant simulator, and pregnancy simulator at no charge.

Junior Achievement
Address: 10 Toy Street, Suite 200, 29601
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 235-9491, Fax: 235-9484
Target Group: Grades K through 12
Junior Achievement educates and inspires young people through the understanding of business and economics. Junior Achievement teaches youth about business, the economy and the enterprise system in America. Youth gain knowledge of how this system works and what role they can play in the system.
Programs are offered in schools through volunteers who work with children one hour per week for five to ten weeks, sharing practical business and life experiences.
Transportation is not provided. Junior Achievement has year-round programs available.

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Junior League of Greenville, Inc. / Child Watch
Address: 17 West North Street 29601
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., hours vary in summer
Phone: 233-2663, Fax: 233-9092
The Child Watch program was designed by the Children’s Defense Fund to allow community leaders to see first-hand what is happening to children in their communities. This is a volunteer effort that serves as a comprehensive tool to educate community leaders about children’s issues and inspire them to act.
To join Greenville’s Child Watch Coalition Partners contact the Junior League of Greenville, Incorporated.

Mental Health Association of Greenville – TEENline
Address: 301 University Ridge, Suite 5600, 29601
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday
Phone: 467-3344, TEENline: 467-TEEN (467-8336), Fax: 467-3547
Target Group: Youth
TEENline offers a caring, supportive and non-judgmental board to all callers. All calls are free and confidential. Volunteers offer respectful listening, crisis intervention, and referrals to other places in our community which may be able to offer more help. Phone workers are teenagers themselves who have been trained to help other teens. TEENline is available from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. during the week.

Miracle Hill Ministries
Address: 11 Regency Hill Drive 29607
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 268-4357, Fax: 268-2283
Target Group: All ages
Miracle Hill Ministries is an outreach center. Services include Greenville Rescue Mission for Homeless Men and a six-month addiction recovery program. Additional programs offered by the ministry are a children’s home for 60 youth, Shepherd’s Gate for 60 women, and Palmetto Boys’ Shelter for 18 boys. Harbor of Hope in Gaffney has 45 beds. Operation Andrew is a food distribution program serving 3,000 families per month. Miracle Hill Industries operates four thrift stores.

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National Dropout Prevention Network
Address: 205 Martin Street, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C., 29634-0726
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 656-2599, Fax: 656-0136
Target Group: K – 12
The National Dropout Prevention Network works to improve school experience of students in at-risk situations and thereby decrease America’s dropout rate. A year-round program is offered and services include an internationally-recognized organization integrating a research center, information clearinghouse and membership network. The Network was created in 1987 in response to a large number of youth dropping out of school. The Network provides services for practitioners and policy-makers and fosters linkages among educators, community leaders, researchers, parents and the private sector. Services also include alternative interventions, professional development, information and partnerships.

Old 96 Girl Scout Council
Physical Address: 412 East Butler Road
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1227, Maulden, 29662-1227
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 297-5890, Fax: 675-1616
Target Group: Ages 5 – 17
The Old 96 Girl Scout Council serves 6,500 girls in Greenville, Abbeville, Anderson, Greenwood, Laurens, Pickens and Oconee counties. Program services are designed to inspire girls, ages 15 through 17, with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism and service so they will become happy and resourceful citizens.
Troop leaders oversee the application process. Girls may join a troop or participate individually. An annual membership fee is $7.00.

Pendleton Place Children’s Shelter
Address: P.O. Box 10323, 29603
Office Hours: Always Open
Phone: 242-6667, Fax: 242-6667
Target Group: Males – Birth to 10 Years, Females – Birth to 18
The shelter provides emergency housing for children who are dependent and displaced due to abuse, neglect, family crisis or abandonment. The emergency shelter provides food, shelter, clothing, limited medical care, counseling and placement-planning to children requiring short-term emergency care. Papers will be filled out upon arrival at the shelter. Call anytime, day or night.

Phillis Wheatley Association
Address: 335 Greenacre Road, 29607
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 235-3411, Fax: 467-1306
Target Group: Ages 6 – 13
The Phillis Wheatley Association provides a comprehensive program designed to meet the educational, health, nutritional and social needs of youth. After-school and summer enrichment activities are offered. There is a preschool program for three and four-year-old children from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and an after-school program until 6:00 p.m. for students. The Big Brother and Big Sister Programs pair up children from single parent homes with a mentor. Other programs include activities to promote youth development skills, leadership programs and a repertory theater for youth. Other recreational activities include swimming, basketball, soccer, tennis and various sports. Transportation is not provided. Eligibility and fees for programs vary. There are scholarships available through the Department of Social Services.

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Safe Harbor
Address: P.O. Box 174, 29602-0174
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Phone: 467-1177, Phone (24-hour Shelter Crisis Line): 467-3636 or 1-800-291-2139, Fax: 467-3638
Target Group: Birth through 19
Safe Harbor, Inc. offers emergency shelter, counseling, case management, and related services to victims of domestic violence and their children. Crisis counseling is available 24 hours through the Shelter Crisis Line. The Safe Harbor Megan Project is a date abuse curriculum taught by staff in area high schools, churches and youth groups. Community education is provided to help stop domestic violence through providing speakers to groups. Greenville, Pickens and Oconee counties are in the service area of the program. There is no charge for the speakers that are provided to various groups in the area.

Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club
Address: P.O. Box 1237, 29602
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 235-6047, Fax: 235-2002
Target Group: Ages 6 – 18
The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club provides educational programs for youth designed to help youth develop citizenship and leadership in their communities. Transportation is provided. A day camp for 125 youth is provided for $20 per week. Scholarships are available for the various programs offered. The facility has a game room, gymnasium and activity rooms. Programs include, but are not limited to, after school programs, craft skill development, field trips, physical activities and social opportunities.

Save Our Sons
Address: 8 W. McBee, 29603
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 271-1961, Fax: 271-3396
Target Group: Ages 7 – 17
Save Our Sons is an organization that provides alternatives to excessive incarceration of African-American youth. Mentors provide various activities in youth development and sports activities. The program is year-round with transportation provided. Enrollment capacity is 220 youth with no fees or eligibility requirements.

Slater-Marietta Health & Human Development
Physical Address: 100 Lindbergh Street, Slater
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 246, Slater, 29683
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 836-6364, Fax: 836-6365
Target Group: All ages
Slater-Marietta Health & Human Development serves northern Greenville County. Programs provide family support services to offer case management service to Medicaid-eligible pregnant women and their families. The Parents As Teachers Program works with children ages birth to five-years and their parents to promote the child’s social, emotional, motor and language development. Youth Connection addresses teen pregnancy, drop-out reduction in schools and other related problems. This agency provides Medicaid outreach. Call or visit the office for applications.

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SHARE – Youth Crossroads
Address: 1200 Pendleton Street, 29603
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 269-0700, Fax: 295-6151
Target Group: Ages 14 – 18
Youth Crossroads is a SHARE program which works to create self-sufficient teens. Transportation is provided for the year-round programs. Enrollment capacity is 150 youth. There are no fees for services. Programs include services and intervention for at-risk youth. Referrals are made by the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Stone Academy Public Elementary Arts Magnet
Address: 412 Wilton Street, 29609
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 241-3257, Fax: 241-4145
Target Group: Ages 5 – 10
The Stone Academy serves North Main, Viola and Hampton Pinckney Streets. Transportation is provided. The enrollment capacity is 400 youth.
Application procedure requires that the student live in the attendance area or an application may be made as a magnet student.

Transitions, Incorporated
Physical Address: 14 Atwood
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1783, 29601
Office Hours: 23 Hours/Day, 7 Days/Week
Phone: 467-0030, Fax: 467-0599
Target Group: Ages 16 – 21
Transitions, Inc. serves statewide and out-of-state. The purpose of the organization is to teach youth independence skills so that they may be integrated into the community and become productive citizens. Transportation is provided in the year-round program. The enrollment capacity is 15 beds. The fee is $91.00 a day. Program services provide residential therapeutics for males 16 to 21 years. The youth must be employed and attend some form of educational services.
Application procedure requires contracts with D.J.J., M.T.S., D.S.S., C.O.C., M.H.S., D.D.S.N., private sector, in-state and out-of-state.

United Way of Greenville County – Family Ties Program
Address: 301 University Ridge, Suite 5300
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 467-3333, Fax: 467-3535
Target Group: All ages
The Family Ties Program recruits mentors to work with families on public assistance. Children of all ages served at no charge. The program is available year-round.

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United Way of Greenville County – Volunteer Mobilization Initiative
Address: 301 University Ridge, Suite 5300
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 467-3333, Fax: 467-3535
Target Group: Ages 5 – 18
The United Way of Greenville County provides volunteers to mentor and tutor at-risk children ages five through 18. Transportation is not provided. Services are scheduled during the school year. The agency provides volunteer support for families in transition from public assistance. Call United Way to apply.

Urban League
Address: 15 Regency Hill Drive, 29607
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 244-3862, Phone (Viola Street Center): 421-0705
Phone (Gandy-Allmon Manor): 235-4950, Fax: 244-6134
Target Group: All ages
The Urban League serves Upstate South Carolina. The purpose of the program is to enable minorities and disadvantaged people to be self-sufficient, secure and healthy by providing programs in education, job training, employment, housing and health care. Urban League also works to gain the support of community groups to help achieve these goals.

Within Reach
Address: 813 Hampton Avenue, 29601
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 467-4305, Fax: 467-4308
Target Group: All ages
Within Reach brings programs into communities linking neighborhood residents with community resources to build healthy, self-sufficient families and neighborhoods. This agency serves community residents living in the communities of Jesse Jackson Townhomes, Southernside, Viola Street, Chamlee Court, Green Avenue, Greenline/Spartanburg Streets, Westview/Mountainview Homes, and Woodland/Pearce Homes. The program is year-round and can be accessed by calling the agency.

YMCA, Cleveland Street
Address: 721 Cleveland Street, 29601
Phone: 242-4651, Fax: 242-9786
Office Hours: 5:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday, 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday
Target Group: All ages
The YMCA provides a year-round program for youth. Transportation is not provided. Fees vary and there are scholarships available. Programs include basketball, soccer, flag football and swimming. Call the facility for more information on specific programs offered for different age groups.

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YMCA, Eastside
Address: 1250 Taylors Road
Phone: 292-2790, Fax: 268-2459
Office Hours: 5:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday
Target Group: All ages
The YMCA provides a year-round program for youth. Transportation is not provided. Fees vary and there are scholarships available. Programs include basketball, soccer, flag football and swimming. Call the facility for more information on specific programs offered for different age groups.

YMCA, Golden Strip
Address: 100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville
Phone: 963-3605, Fax: 963-9622
Office Hours: 5:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday, 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday
Target Group: Ages 4 – 12
The YMCA provides a year-round program for youth. Transportation is not provided. Fees are varied and scholarships are available. Programs include basketball, soccer, and flag football. Registration forms are distributed in the schools.

YMCA, North Greenville
Address: 807 N. Main Street, Travelers Rest
Office Hours: 5:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday
Target Group: Ages 4 – 12
The YMCA provides a year-round program for youth. Transportation is not provided. Fees are varied and scholarships are available. Programs include but are not limited to basketball, soccer, and flag football. Registration forms are distributed in the schools.

YWCA
Address: 700 Augusta Street, 29605
Phone: 467-3700, Fax: 467-3722
Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday –Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday
Target Group: All ages
The YWCA is a Christian youth growth and development organization for women. All ages are served. Transportation is not provided. The YWCA has a membership fee of $20 per year and there are no scholarships available. Some programs are coeducational and include Tae Kwon Do, Girl Scouts, Dance the Creative Way and gymnastics.

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driver’s licenses

To obtain a license
15 years old
Conditional/Provisional License
You need to have a beginner’s permit for at least 90 days, then you will be eligible for a conditional/provisional license. To get a conditional/provisional license, you must bring your parent or legal guardian to your local DMV. At that time, you submit certification of a driver education course and certification of satisfactory school attendance. Then you must successfully complete the vision and skills test.

A conditional/provisional license allows you to drive unaccompanied during daylight hours from 6:00a.m.- 6:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. during daylight-saving time. For night driving, after 6:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. during daylights savings time until midnight, a licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age, with at least a year’s driving experience, must accompany you. You can only drive between midnight and 6:00a.m. if you are accompanied with a licenced parent or legal guardian.

16 years old
Special Restricted License
You need to have a beginner’s permit for at least 90 days, then you will be eligible for a special restricted license. To get a special restricted license, you must bring your parent or legal guardian to your local DMV. Then you must successfully complete the vision and skill tests.

A conditional/provisional license allows you to drive unaccompanied during daylight hours from 6:00 a.m.-.6:00 p.m. or 8:00.p.m. during daylight-saving time. For night driving, after 6:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. during daylights savings time until midnight, a licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age, with at least a year’s driving experience, must accompany

you. You can only drive between midnight and 6:00am if you are accompanied with a licenced parent or legal guardian.

If the time limitations for a special restricted license cause problems for you at your job or school, they can be waived. You must prove to the Department that they interfere with your job or travel between home and school by submitting two notarized statements, one statement from your parent or legal guardian and one from your employer or school official. Both statements must give the reason for the waiver.

17 years old
Driver’s License
You need to have a beginner’s permit for at least 90 days, then you will be eligible for a regular South Carolina Driver’s License with no time restrictions. To get a regular driver’s license, you must bring your parent or legal guardian to your local DMV. Then you must successfully complete the vision and skill tests.

18 years old or older –
Driver’s License
Drivers 18 or older may obtain a South Carolina driver’s license after having a beginner’s permit for at least 90 days and by successfully completing the vision and skills tests. The cost is $12.50 for the license.

There are four local Departments of Motor Vehicle offices:

1439 Laurens Rd. 241-1145
15 Saluda Dam Rd. 241-1146
610 Arlington Rd., Greer 801-9468
1310 N. Main St., Fountain Inn 288-0386

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education

Colleges/Universities

Doing research on the college you are looking for will pay off. Each school has academic programs, cost, a social environment, or other areas that are tailored to suit you and what you want out of your education.

Call for applications or information on these local universities:
Greenville Tech 250-8000 www.greenvilletech.com
University Center of Greenville 250-1111 www.greenville.org
Bob Jones University 242-5100 www.bju.edu
North Greenville 977-7000 www.scicu.org/n_greenv/sch_link.htm
Furman University 294-2000 www.furman.edu

GED
General Education Development

South Carolina Department of Education
Adult Performance Assessment/GED Testing
402 Rutledge Building
1429 Senate Street Columbia, SC 29201

Designed to provide an alternative High School Equivalency Certificate for individuals at least 17 years old and have not completed the requirement for a high school diploma. GED Testing is given by the State Department of Education.

For an application call GED Testing Services Unit (803) 734-8347 GED Examinations are given in Anderson, Columbia, Greenville, Greenwood, and Spartanburg.

For other locations, dates, and test times, please call (803) 734-8347.

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financial aid &
scholarships

Financial Aid
Please pay close attention to the application deadlines that are listed. The colleges and scholarship committees must have all material necessary to complete the application process by the deadline which includes the sections completed by your counselor, your transcript and letters of recommendations when needed. Please give close consideration to this and make sure you allow time for the official documentation to be completed before the deadlines.

Basic kinds of financial aid:
Grants – apply, qualify, no repayment of aid required
Scholarships – apply, qualify, no repayment of aid required
Student loans – apply for low interest loans, repay loans
Work study – work on campus, flexible hours
For further information about financial aid contact the College or University Financial Aid office, see your guidance counselor, and talk to others who have attended college.

Scholarships
The internet provides a vast listing of available scholarships. Your guidance counselor is a good resource. Universities’ financial aid office, libraries, churches, local clubs and organizations may also provide information.

LIFE Scholarship
Offered to students in SC that meet eligibility requirements:

A U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, a legal resident of the State of South Carolina, not convicted of any felonies or alcohol/drug related convictions, must not be a Palmetto Fellow recipient, be a full-time degree seeking undergraduate student, attend an eligible South Carolina public or private college or university, enroll in an eligible institution within two years and three months of high school graduation, graduated from high school or completed a home school program as prescribed by Law on or after May 1995, must not be in default, owe a refund, or repayment on Federal or State financial aid.

For application and more information go to www.che400.state.sc.us/web/student/LIFE/LIFE%20home.html

Internet Sites – not a complete listing

www.scholarship-page.com

www.scholarships-free-colleges-grants-minorities.com

www.finaid.com

www.state.sc.us/tuitiongrants/

www.uncf.org

www.state.sc.us

www.scholarships.kachinatech.com/scholarships/scholars.html

Libraries
Greenville Library 300 College St. 242-5000
Augusta Branch 3213 Augusta Rd. 277-0161
Sarah Dobey Jones Branch 111 N. U.S. 25 Bypass 246-1695
Fountain Inn Branch 400 N. Main St., Fountain Inn 862-2576
W. Jack Greer Library 800 W. Butler Rd., Mauldin 277-7397
Hendricks Branch 626 N.E. Main St., Simpsonville 963-9031
Law Library East North St. – in courthouse 467-8486
Jean M. Smith Library 505 Pennsylvania Ave., Greer 877-8722
F.W. Symmes Branch 1508 Pelham Rd. 288-6688
Wade Hampton-Taylors 3326 Wade Hampton Blvd-Taylors 268-5955

Local School Registration – through 12th grade

Call the registration line at 241-3100 to locate the school your child will attend. Then register at the school. For other information about local schools, call the information line 241-3100.

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employment

South Carolina Child Labor Regulations

Office of Labor Services, S.C. Department of LLR
P.O. Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29211-1329

Minors under age 14

Usually not authorized however, exemptions from this restriction apply under the following specific circumstances:

Minors under age 14 may work in any aspect of show business, such as acting or performing in a theatrical, television, radio, or film production.

Minors age 12 and 13 may work during non school sessions in nonhazardous farm jobs with written parental consent. Minors age 12 and 13 may engage in farm labor at any agricultural establishment at which the minor’s parents are employed.

At any age, minors may work in any business or establishment which is owned and operated by the parent of the minor.

At any age, minors may deliver newspapers to consumers.

Minors age 14 and 15

Work with prescribed scheduling restrictions. (Non school sessions are defined as summer vacation, Christmas vacation, spring break, and weekends.) Normal school sessions include all days in which the school observes a standard academic calendar.

During normal school sessions, minors may work a maximum of three hours per day, up to eighteen hours per week. Work hours must fall between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. So, the work schedule will be between 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. since that time falls after school.

During non school sessions, minors may work up to eight hours per day, 40 hours per week. Work hours must fall between 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Appropriate employment may include, but is not limited to: cashiering, serving food, custodial duties, bussing tables, car washing, and delivery work not involving the operation of a motor vehicle.

Minors may not engage in the following work activities: warehousing and storage, car repair, public utility duties, work involving the use of ladders or scaffolding, work involving food preparation, the use of grinders, the operation of lawnmower and golf carts, or anything deemed hazardous.

Minors age 16 to 18

Minors age 16 and older are exempt from the hour and scheduling restrictions.

These minors may work as many daily and weekly hours as the job responsibilities require or the employer requests.

Minors age 16 to 18 may not engage in any occupation deemed hazardous.

Over 18

No jurisdiction is established in the enforcement of child labor laws for employees who are age 18 or older.

For a list of the 17 Hazardous Occupations Orders of the Fair Labor Standards Act, see www.llr.state.sc.us/labor/cll.htm or call (803) 737-9220.

For more job information call:
Business Education Partnership 848-2441
City of Greenville Job Line/City Openings 467-5799
Greenville Urban League 244-3862
Job Corps 591-3352
JTPA Job Training Program 467-7220
SC Employment Office Job Service 242-3531

Try these web sites:
America’s Job Bank www.ajb.dni.us/
Career Builder www.careerbuilder.com/
Career Path www.careerpath.com/res/owa/
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The Monster Board www.monster.com/
Occupational Outlook Handbook stats.bls.gov/ocohome.htm
The Salary Calculator www2.homefair.com/calc/salcalc.html

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health

Abuse and Neglect
Child Abuse – Dept. Of Social Services 467-7750 TDD 467-7980
Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-422-4453
Prevent Child Abuse Carolina 467-0012 or 1-800-917-KIDS
SC Cares for Children 1-800-722-2737

Alcohol and Other Drugs/Tobacco

ADDLife Addictions Services 834-5131 or 1-800-868-8520
Alateen 235-4638
Al-Anon 235-4638
Alcohol and Drug Abuse 467-3737
Alcohol Abuse and Addiction Info 244-8972
Alcoholics Anonymous 233-6454
Charter Greenville Behavioral Health System 235-2335
Drug Enforcement Administration 234-0237
Narcotics Anonymous 282-0109 or 1-800-922-5305
Nicotine Anonymous 299-0779

Birth Control
AID Upstate 250-0607 or 1-800-755-2040
Family Planning Clinic – Health Dept. 467-8950
Greenville County Health Department 282-4100

Eating Disorders
Overeater’s Anonymous 282-0105

HIV/AIDS
AID Upstate 250-0607 or 1-800-755-2040
AIDS Hotline 1-800-322-2437
AIDS Hotline for Hearing – Impaired 1-800-243-7889
AIDS Hotline for Spanish – Speaking 1-800-344-7432
AIDS Testing – Health Dept. 467-8935

Pregnancy
Birthright Emergency Pregnancy Line 1-800-550-4900
Crisis Pregnancy Center 233-3823
Greenville Council for the Prevention of Teen Pregnancy /community education 467-3310
Pregnancy Testing Service – Health Dept. 467-8040

Rape
Emergency Help 911
Greenville Police Dept. 467-4463
Rape Crisis 467-3633

Running Away
Safe Harbor Shelter Hotline 467-3636
National Runaway Switchboard 1-800-621-4000
Shepard’s Gate – runaway shelter 268-4357 

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
AID Upstate 250-0607 or 1-800-755-2040
National STD Hotline 1-800-227-8922
STD Dept. 467-8935 

Suicide
Crisis Line 271-8888 24 hours supportive listening and info

Health Centers
Greenville County Health Department 282-4100, 200 University Ridge, Greenville
Child Health 467-8900
Greenville Free Medial Clinic 232-1470, 600 Arlington Ave, Greenville
Greenville Mental Health (child services) 241-1050
Urgent Treatment Center (Greenville Hospital) 454-1050, 207 Ste.10 Enterprise Blvd., Greenville

Hospitals
Allen Bennett Hospital 848-8200, 313 Memorial Drive, Greer
Children’s Hospital 455-8860, 701 Grove Rd., Greenville
Hillcrest Hospital 967-6100,729 S.E. Main St., Simpsonville
Greenville Memorial Hospital 455-7000, 701 Grove Rd., Greenville
North Greenville Hospital 834-5132, 807 N. Main St., Travelers Rest
St. Francis Hospital 255-1000, 1 St. Francis Drive, Greenville

Crisis Lines
Crisis Line 271-8888 24 hours supportive listening and info
Helpline 467-3300
TEENline 467-8336(TEEN) 

Other
Crime Stoppers of Greenville 232-7463 or 233-7078
Emotions Anonymous 455-8988
Gamblers Anonymous 268-0874
Poison Control Hotline 1-800-922-1117

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recreation

Arts/ Museums
Bob Jones Museum and Gallery 242-5100
Fine Arts Center 241-3327
Greenville Cultural Exchange Center 232-9162
Greenville Little Theatre 233-6238
Greenville Museum of Art 271-7570
Greenville Zoo 467-4300
Imagine Nation – children’s museum 233-7755
Peace Center 467-3000
South Carolina Children’s Theatre 235-2885

Athletics
City of Greenville Recreation 467-8011
Greenville County Recreation 288-2224
Phillis Wheatley Community Center 235-3411

Clubs/Organizations
Big Brothers/Big Sisters (Phillis Wheatley) 235-3411
Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club 235-6047
Girl Scouts Old Ninety-Six Council 297-5890
Boy Scouts of America, Blue Ridge Council 233-8363
4-H Youth Program 232-4431
Save Our Sisters
Save Our Sons 271-1961
Urban League 244-3862
Within Reach 467-4305
YMCA, Cleveland Street 242-4651
YWCA 467-3700

Community Centers
City of Greenville Recreation – main line: 467-4355
Bobby Pearse 467-4331
David Hellams 467-4327
Juanita Butler 467-4328
Nicholtown 467-4330
West Greenville 467-4329

Greenville County Recreation-main line: 288-6470
Freetown 295-3567
Happy Hearts 233-307
Mt. Pleasant 299-3220<
Piedmont 845-7470
Slater Hall 836-8608
Sterling 235-4026
Sterling Annex 233-3118

Special Events
Events Hotline 467-5741

Volunteering
American Red Cross 271-8222
Hands on Greenville 242-4224
Volunteer Greenville 467-3400

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voting information

You must be 18 years old, an US citizen, and registered to vote before going to the polls. All registrations must be completed 30 days prior to Election Day.

To be eligible to register in South Carolina you must: Be a United States citizen; Be at least 18 years old on or before the election; Be a resident of South Carolina, this county and precinct; Not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent; Not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime; Have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws

Register at any of the following:

Greenville Voter Registration 467-7250
Greenville Library 242-5000
State Election Commission (803) 734-9060

By mail at: State Election Commission
P.O. Box 5987
Columbia, SC 29250-5987

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