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By Donna on 5/27/2016 2:23 PM
Upon beginning my position as Social Media and Marketing Coordinator of the South Carolina Youth Advocate Program, I was immediately motivated by the powerful presence of passion and positivity that illuminated the halls of the SCYAP office in Columbia which houses the Midlands Region, Community-Based Services, and State Office.The infectious energy of the office was validated through some truly inspiring and insightful meetings I was able to arrange with employees in the Midlands Region for Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC).
By Donna on 3/7/2016 11:54 AM

For most of us, our introduction to books was one filled with awe and wonder. As a child, we could escape to a world where anything was possible. A world filled with princesses, talking animals, heroes and anything else our minds could imagine. As we grew older, reading may have lost some of its amazing wonder and changed from a fun activity into a stressful chore. We then had to read books as class assignments, and reading became a means to memorize material to pass an upcoming test. The joy of reading for pleasure remained strong for some, but faded in others. To resurrect your joy of reading, here are five ways in which reading can benefit your life.


By Donna on 1/11/2016 3:32 PM


At SCYAP, we want to ensure our applicants know exactly what it means to become a part of our Community-Based Services team! Below are several questions that we receive when individuals are applying to join our Community-Based Services team as Child Service Professionals, Therapists, and/or Transporters...

By Donna on 1/8/2016 9:32 AM


Wide Awake with a Thankful Heart

By Jasmine Jackson, By SCYAP's Newest Admin Assistant

Looking up at this beautiful glass building with a spacious entrance decorated with holiday cheer, a smile came across my face as I felt very accomplished being here.  I walked into the see-through elevator and looked around me as I rose to the third floor. I entered the admissions office where I would be working and found my cubicle fully equipped with any office accessory I could need and my name already programmed on the phone and computer. An envelope with my name on it was sitting on my desk and was revealed to be one of many Christmas cards I would receive in the next few weeks. I felt very welcomed and appreciated...

By Donna on 11/18/2015 1:01 PM


The Kelly Krew

By Monica Kelly, Myrtle Beach Regional Director

A few years ago on my Facebook page, I started a saying to describe funny events that happened to us only because we are a large, adoptive family.  You might be a large, adoptive family if…. The other thing that I have done is name our family The Kelly Krew. The following blog entry is a glimpse into the life of The Kelly Krew:

By Donna on 11/10/2015 10:33 AM

It's time for SCYAP's 2nd Annual Holiday Coloring Contest! This year, we are asking SCYAP children and youth to create their very own holiday masterpiece. Each child who submits artwork will receive a certificate to commemorate their hard work and artistic talent. The grand prize winner will receive a $50 gift card and his or her creation will be used for our 2015 SCYAP Holiday Christmas card. Finalists from age ranges of 06, 7-10, 11-14, and 15-18 will each receive a $25 gift card. All winners will be featured on SCYAP's blog and Facebook page! There a few changes to the rules so be sure to read on!

By Donna on 10/9/2015 3:45 PM
This Director's Note written by Josh Caughman was featured in our latest Community-Based Services newsletter. Although, this letter was directed at our Advocates, we felt like his words would resonate with the rest of the SCYAP Family.

Dear Advocates,

Our wonderful state of South Carolina has seen disaster this week that is unprecedented for us. Many of our homes and communities will never be the same.The loss is difficult to even comprehend at times. Please know that all those affected by this disaster are in our thoughts and prayers. While we are grieving significant loss, we also have seen an unbelievable response of love,sacrifice, and courage...

By Donna on 9/1/2015 9:57 AM


A Silver Jubliee

By Melanie Taylor, Charleston Regional Director

July 30th was another day in the service of youth and families across this state for SCYAP. It was a day without fanfare, but significant in that July 30th marked the 25th anniversary of my association with SCYAP. 25 years, a quarter century of SCYAP service, a silver anniversary, a cause for a silver jubilee...


By Donna on 8/31/2015 8:46 AM
One day this summer a youth from the Midlands Region went to work thinking it was just an ordinary day. This young lady had recently graduated from high school and made plans to attend Midlands Tech in the fall. During her summer employment doing sales, one of her clients happened to be the Vice President of SC State University in Orangeburg, SC.  The Vice President spoke with our youth about the university and saw a great deal of potential in this young lady.  

It wasn’t long before this chance encounter resulted in a life-changing opportunity for this youth...

By Donna on 7/6/2015 10:25 AM

Through the giving of love, time, and patience, Therapeutic Foster Parents make a difference in the lives of children with special needs. Learn more about SCYAP's TFC Program and how to become a Therapeutic Foster Parent through our brand new guide called Discover Therapeutic Foster Parenting.