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USC Students Work with DJJ Youth to Improve Literacy Skills

USC-DJJ Literacy Program
Fri, 05/24/2019

Sitting outside in an Adirondack chair, under the morning Sun, with a good book. This blissful scene isn't from a romantic movie. It's the setting for a more than decade-long partnership between the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and the University of South Carolina.

USC graduate students and DJJ youth at Camp Aspen - one of the agency's wilderness camps that provide services to juveniles on parole or probation - traded in fluorescent lights and air conditioning for sunlight and a cool breeze. 

For the past 11 years, DJJ and USC have partnered to improve juveniles' reading comprehension skills and foster enjoyment of a good book, while also equipping USC students to become insightful teachers. The exercises are designed to find the best approach for each juvenile to understand and retain what he/she read. 

DJJ youth and USC students will meet Tuesday, May 28th, from 10:30 - Noon at Camp Aspen for the 5th and final session of the two-week literacy program.

This program is a teaching moment for both sides of the table. As the juveniles learn reading comprehension, the graduate students are learning a lesson on how to positively impact every student in a classroom, regardless of background, interests or skill set.