Our Projects & Collaborations


It Takes A Community


AROC was honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Francis Marion Ranger District, working in conjunction with Janna Dupre, Deputy Director of the Sewee Visitors Center. Our agreement commenced in 2014 through September 30, 2016. The Forest Service contributed a total of $11,680 to AROC. Through Janna's generous efforts and the Forest Service's contribution, we were able to hire in-school youths, transform their lives, and put them on the road to a positive and rewarding future.

In 2016, AROC was elated to learn, that our agreement was extended until June 30, 2019. Unfortunately, no funding came with that, however or endeavor to hire, employ, train and expose young people to the possibilities of what the Forest Service had to offer, as the world's largest natural resources agency, what it does. it provided the young people, a view unto a world they might not have seen otherwise, and what opportunities may await them, as the future leaders of tomorrow, such as a forester, hydrologist, soil Scientist, Recreation leader, and the endless opportunities, in the world of Fishers, Botanist, and finally, the number of youths we served in our partnership collaboration from 2014-2015 was 12 in school youths from Charleston, Berkeley Counties that gained valuable work experience; and of the 12 in school students 7 enrolled in colleges ,4 assured employed and 1 established his own landscaping business.

The photos below are the students that Janna and Michelle took along the way of the summer YCC's journey of It Takes a Village.  We accomplished our statement of mutual benefits for our youths to be able to create their resumes of their first work experience as a federal entity the USDA Francis Marion National Forest Service and AROC made a difference in the lives of in-school youths for the greater good. Today, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of our in-school youth, out of school young adults to establish gainful employment, and build their resumes with first experience was a federal entity the USDA Francis Maron National Forest Service and making a difference in the lives of in school youths.

2023 Collaboration Projects

Youth Community Day

Senior Handicap Ramp Project