With the help of Women and Children Succeeding (WACS), Tracy was able to return to college as a single parent. WACS helped with child care and served as an emotional support group for her and other young women. This is her story.
Women and Children Succeeding (WACS) gives parents and disadvantaged children the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and become independent, self-sufficient, and successful. WACS provides intensive case management, supportive services, and financial assistance, removing the barriers that prevent parents from returning to school. The number one barrier for parents returning to school is the lack of childcare. Our WACS program helps participants obtain quality childcare and equips families with the tools they need to complete their education.
South Carolina ranks in the top 10 states of women living in poverty, our school drop-out rate is among the highest in the nation and SC has a critical need for preparing children living in poverty for kindergarten. WACS addresses all of these issues by assisting participants with resources and holding the families accountable to follow their signed contracts. The program also provides an intensive plan to assist the family with parenting, budgeting, mentoring, and life coaching resources. lucrative career, enhancing the quality of life for them, as well as their children.
Since 1994 over 100 participants have successfully completed the program, and we are growing with a current average of 10 graduates per year. These graduates go into a vast array of high demand industries, the most prevalent of which are nursing and education.
WACS has helped to create grassroots leadership and continues to make an huge impact in our community. In 2012, three WACS graduates - Lorin Larason, Tracy Bowie, and Laneika Musalini - were named in the top 20 under 40 Leaders by the Anderson Independent-Mail. Dr. David Hughes, a professor at Clemson University, conducted a study for the Institute for Economic and Community Development. This study concluded that over a span of thirty years with only 116 graduates, the WACS program will have a $47,987,520 economic impact on our community.
All WACS participants must sign a contract upon acceptance into the program and abide by the following conditions:
How to Apply
Persons referred to the program are interviewed to determine overall need and commitment for optimal success. In order to enter the program, the applicant must be eligible for government assistance (i.e. WIC, Snap benefits, Medicaid). When coming in for an interview you are asked to bring:
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