Direct Service

Students in the Direct Service track commit to an engagement with a single community-based-organization partnered with the Honors College. Students attend the project weekly and contribute directly towards achieving the project’s goal through hands-on work.

Partner Organizations:

Charleston Promise Neighborhood
Charleston Promise Neighborhood’s mission is to ensure residents in Charleston’s Neck are engaged in their community and every child is on track to graduate high school with the abilities necessary to succeed in college, the military or the workforce. Charleston Promise Neighborhood employs empirically-validated strategies to increase opportunities for children in high-poverty/high potential schools that lead to academic and life success. Students placed at CPN through Honors Engaged will work in multiple capacities, including in-school classroom support, and the after school expanded learning initiatives.


The Green Heart Project
The Green Heart Project pairs Honors College students with elementary students to tend a school-run garden. General activities include weeding, planting seeds, harvesting produce, digging, building, watering, and helping teach the students sustainable practices. No prior gardening experience is necessary. Placement options are available at multiple elementary schools, both in-school and after school. View available options here.



The CofC REACH Program
The CofC REACH Program is dedicated to ensuring students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities have a quality college experience that includes academics, social experiences, career development, and independent living, while honoring their dignity and worth, and fostering their self-determination. Participants will be paired with students in the REACH program as social and academic mentors. First and foremost, the mentorship will be a friendship between two college peers.  Activities include engaging in appropriate college social activities such as eating together in the dining hall, studying at the library, meeting for coffee at a local coffee shop, attending sports events, participating in CofC sponsored activities, joining a club or organization together, or just hanging out.


Communities in Schools of Charleston
Communities of Schools in Charleston (CIS) is a dropout prevention program serving the Charleston County School District. Honors Engaged students will partner with with students in local schools  to provide academic and social support. Schools include Mitchell Elementary, Sanders-Clyde Elementary, and Burke High.




Kids on Point
Kids on Point introduces young people to the world of opportunity outside of their under-resourced neighborhoods through after-school academic, athletic and enrichment activities. Kids on Point participants receive rigorous homework help sessions, academic tutoring and life skills development from dedicated volunteer mentors. In addition, students participate in daily fitness activities – primarily through instruction in the sport of squash – while learning about healthy eating and active lifestyles. Kids on Point also promotes civic engagement by organizing monthly volunteer and service learning projects in collaboration with other charitable organizations in Charleston. Activities take place on the College of Charleston campus in Silcox Center.


Metanoia‘s Young Leader’s after-school program offers academic assistance and character development to elementary school students who have shown leadership potential in the classroom. As a mentor, Honors Engaged students will work with one MYLA student for a year by assisting with homework, creating rapport, and playing games.




Trident Literacy Association
Trident Literacy Association strives to provide support to adults by working with them to improve reading, writing, and reasoning skills. Students in this project  will work with adults that are seeking their GED. Students can expect to assist the Trident Literacy Association through one-on-one or small group mentoring. The ideal participant would enjoy teaching and communicating with adults and possess basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.



Reading Partners
Reading Partners is a national education nonprofit organization dedicated to improving literacy in schools. By becoming a part of the organization, students will be paired with one elementary student and undergo a brief training before becoming a tutor. Reading Partners is looking for patient, passionate, and dedicated students to become a part of this program. At the end of the semester, they will have built strong communication skills and a meaningful relationship with their partner.



The Lonon Foundation
The mission of The Lonon Foundation is to help children affected by a parent or caregiver’s cancer diagnosis find comfort, heal and grow from their shared experiences. Students placed with the Lonon Foundation through Honors Engaged will assist in the planning and execution of UPLIFT, The Lonon Foundation’s FREE monthly program designed for children ages 6-17 who have been affected by a parent or caregiver’s cancer.​ Throughout the year, the UPLIFT program meets at various Lowcountry, kid-friendly venues to engage in fun and healthy activities with a community of people dedicated to helping them grow and heal from their experiences.


Charleston HOPE
Charleston Hope is  dedicated to inspiring hope in the next generation through various outreaches that promote positive & intentional living. Honors Engaged students will be involved with the Sanders-Clyde and/or Mitchell Elementary partnerships. In this project, Honors Engaged students provide weekly support in CD-12 classrooms. Students will be paired with one teacher throughout the entirety of the engagement.