WHAT IS THE H.J.V.H PROJECT?
The H.J.V.H Project is a nonprofit organization based in Columbia, South Carolina. The acronym stands for Helping Juveniles Visualize Hope. We partner with schools, employers, and community stakeholders to offer collegiate access and entrepreneurial education to our participants. We also work to ensure that low-income, minorities, and/or first-generation scholars are afforded equitable access to opportunities that would not be readily available to them.
WHAT PURPOSE DOES THIS ORGANIZATION SERVE?
The current economic structure in Columbia does not work for everyone. Its systems and policies hinder economic mobility by not addressing the needs and concerns of all of our residents. To address this issue, the H.J.V.H Project implements an approach that improves self esteem, the motivation to work, and teaches participants how they can use the world around them to learn. After completing the project, applicants are then required to launch their business or idea. Before we begin, each participant takes an assessment that will identify their strengths. The project implements the following practices and/or activities below and introduces them using a cyclical method. The idea behind the incorporation of a cycle to introduce each practice and/or activity is that this helps to ensure the project positively prepares and develops the entire learner. Each concept is meant to build and sustain the other, with the intention of teaching the applicant how to retain and use each skill no matter their environment.
WHAT MAKES THE H.J.V.H PROJECT DIFFERENT FROM ALL OF THE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS?
The H.J.V.H Project is the only local organization with the specific focus of addressing the needs of young adults who are are not qualified for, or who lack access to, a collegiate or professional career. We seek to give back to our communities by creating a platform where we recruit young adults who feel discouraged, forgotten, or too inadequate to successfully pursue college and/or a career and transform them into productive, working class residents who are capable of reinvesting in and uplifting their communities. We look to further workforce and economic development, and our holistic model incorporates intensive emotional support. These supports include strong one-on-one mentor relationships, and accountability measures. Most importantly, our policy agenda is driven by the young adults we serve.
WHAT DOES THE H.J.V.H PROJECT ACTUALLY DO?
The H.J.V.H Project establishes collegiate and entrepreneurial pathways for low-income, minorities, and/or first-generation scholars that will put them on track toward either pursuing a collegiate career and/or earning a livable wage with upward mobility. The project begins with an assessment (where skills and interests are identified), followed by the implementation of academic and non-academic supports that are designed to prepare scholars for a collegiate career and/or to successfully conduct a launch. In addition, the project implements an innovative curriculum which incorporates project-based learning, coupled with mentoring, coaching, counseling and field studies, where applicants get to experience their chosen profession or postsecondary field of study directly.
WHAT DOES PARTICIPATION IN THE PROJECT COST?
The H.J.V.H Project does not charge any fees for applicants to participate in the project.
WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE FOR THE H.J.V.H PROJECT?
Our vision is that, upon successful completion of the project, participants will experience a transformation from uninterested in education to learning how to use the world around them to learn, and from unemployable and unmotivated to motivated and employed; launching a business or idea that promotes their passion.