Sharing God’s love can take many forms. At Sulfur Christian Community Coalition (SC3), whose motto is “Love Changes Everything”, it can take the form of empowering young people by exposing them to success and vocational training, connecting them with prominent business leaders and successful and seeing the enthusiasm with which these business leaders connect, inspire and give of their time and other resources.
“We work with volunteers and donors to awaken the capacities of individuals. This is about development, not charity. It’s a helping hand, not a handout,” said Paula Taylor, Executive Director of SC3.
The SC3 vision includes breaking the multi-
generational cycle of poverty.
“We have 12 career-themed branches that our programs for children, youth and adults focus on,” said Paula Taylor, Executive Director of SC3: Advertising, Marketing and Graphic Design; business, finance and employment preparation; childhood development and education; citizenship; creation and outdoor life; creative and cultural arts; culinary and hospitality; engineering, design and construction; health and wellbeing; computer science; mechanics and metallurgy; and performing arts.
For example, to learn about construction, young children who participate in the SHINE program have made simple models. Older students, members of RISE UP, made a scale model of a balsa wood garage.
“A project engineer from a local engineering firm was a guest speaker at one of the sessions,” Taylor said.
A local construction company allowed older students to use tools and materials to replicate the models, then gave the building back to the youngsters.
“We are so touched by the generosity of Ellender’s portable buildings,” Taylor said.
Nurses, farmers, law enforcement officers, business owners, television sports personalities and others have shared their time and other resources with SHINE and RISE UP.
The shine classes culminated in running their own business for a day, a lemonade stand.
This professional program is just one facet of the work of this non-profit organization designed to equip, empower, encourage and challenge. Trained students can choose to work in one of the SC3’s micro businesses, for example the downtown boutique Lydia and Lavender or Imagination Studio.
“Registration will open at the end of the summer for the next round of Shine and Rise Up,” Taylor said. “These programs are funded by donors.
The Sulfur Christian Community Coalition hosts Hiset prep classes (formerly known as GED classes), held job fairs, teaches English as a second language, conducts Bible studies, a summer feeding program, and is involved in a gardening project
SC3 offers many ways to join and support its mission. To learn more, visit the website, sulfur ccc.org, email [email protected], or call 337-287-0483.