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Columbia’s CCP: A Case Study

Domestic Violence Programming

Sistercare’s program to reduce domestic violence, in collaboration with Rich- land Memorial Hospital, was announced on November 12, 1996. Its goals are fourfold: to create a family violence task force; train police; train judiciary; and increase public awareness. Sistercare staff and volunteers will provide assessment and intervention services 16 hours a day at Richland Memorial Hospital. Medical personnel and volunteers have been trained.

Youth Activities

Youth Diversion Program

The Columbia Urban League expanded a youth diversion program in Colum- bia that is widely viewed as highly successful. Their contract was let on Sep- tember 1, 1996. The program stresses aggressive mentoring: volunteers, un- der the supervision of professional Urban League staff, have responsibility for young persons who have some history of trouble. They intervene wher- ever is necessary: school, home, court, and intervene as often as daily if need


The Boys and Girls Clubs

The Boys and Girls Clubs received two $50,000 grants


Both were recrea-

tional programs in city parks. In Drew Park a new program was initiated; in Lorick Park an established recreational program was extended with CCP funds.

“Fighting Back” Program

The Lexington/Richmond Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council initiated its “Fight- ing Back” program in October, 1996. The purpose of the program is to or- ganize youth and provide them with activities that help them reject drugs and find support.

Peer Mediation

Conflict resolution efforts were initiated by Dr. Richard Miles in Richland County School District One in October, 1996. The goal of the program is to develop a peer mediation program in each of the district’s seven high schools and nine middle schools. Training materials have been selected, a two-day training workshop scheduled (January 28-29, 1997), and a selection process for individual school program facilitators initiated.

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