Sumter City Council approves $25,000 for teen life skills program

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 9/20/18

Sumter City Council voted to commit $25,000 for a program that will benefit local teens and voted in favor of allowing schools in commercially zoned districts during its meeting on Tuesday.

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Sumter City Council approves $25,000 for teen life skills program

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Sumter City Council voted to commit $25,000 for a program that will benefit local teens and voted in favor of allowing schools in commercially zoned districts during its meeting on Tuesday.

Council commits $25,000 for teen success program

Reading: Resolution, only one reading required

Agenda item: The city will provide a local match of $25,000 for the Municipal Association of South Carolina Hometown Economic Development Grant and follow the association's procurement policy when securing services and products with grant funds.

Background: The funding will start a City of Sumter Science of Success program to strengthen the city's workforce pipeline by equipping teen participants with necessary skills to move forward in life, City of Sumter Communications Director Shelley Kile said.

It will be a hands-on program, she said, with 16 lessons designed to help teens learn workforce readiness, leadership, financial literacy and soft skills to prepare them for post-secondary education or a career.

Kile said lessons will include mental attitude, taking initiative and teamwork.

Science of Success - which will operate out of the city's career office - will work with the local school district to determine how students will be selected for the program.

Discussion: None

Vote: Unanimous approval