News 12 This Morning/ Wednesday, July 25, 2014
AIKEN, Sc. (WRDW) -- Results from a "Kids Count" survey released earlier this week ranked South Carolina 45th in the country for children's ability to succeed.
One place in Aiken County is trying to make sure their students don't fall through the cracks.
Brothers and Sisters of Aiken County offers year long programs promoting educational and social development.
Program Coordinator Charonica Pope says they want to make sure the kids who come their way have the skills needed to be successful.
"The most important thing is that they need to have social skills...if they don't know how to talk to people and communicate well, then they won't be able to maintain a job once they get it," Pope said.
Kids at the summer program say their time at Brothers and Sisters has been fun, but it's not all fun and games.
"They spend their time teaching us, and showing us different ways to do our work," said mentee Keon Richardson.
Brothers and Sisters reported in 2013 that all of their program participants moved on to the next grade level.
They also say they've helped keep all of their students out of the juvenile system for the past 5 years.