Building Bonds, Breaking B.A.R.S.

Provide Books for the Youth Development Center!

  • Total needed: $500
  • Deadline: December 31, 2013
  • some money and some days to go

Building Bonds, Breaking B.A.R.S. is seeking funding for our second annual book drive, entitled “Bring a Book, Break some B.A.R.S. (Barriers Against Reaching Success).” The C.A. Dillon Youth Development Center (YDC) is in dire need of books, and we hope our efforts will serve to address this need.

Last year, we were able to effectively reach the student body and mobilize campus resources to collect approximately 700 books, which highly exceeded our target goal. The C.A. Dillon YDC, as well as its students, greatly appreciated this donation, but its facilities still remain under-resourced with outdated and damaged textbooks. We aim to carry on the success and enthusiasm from last year and provide the facility with quality educational materials again this year.

Just prior to Christmas break, we will begin publicizing the event on campus, encouraging students to bring any new or gently used books they are willing to donate when they return for the spring semester. Our goal is to collect at least 500 books by January 25, 2013. In addition to the book donations we receive, we would like to use money raised through the Carolina Creates Crowd Funding to purchase any specific texts that the C.A. Dillon staff feels would be a positive addition to the facility’s library. We will meet with C.A. Dillon staff in early January to discuss the best use of any funds that we receive.

The event itself will be a part of “B4 week”, which features a series of forums and events geared toward raising awareness about various issues relating to the juvenile justice system. At the event, each student at C.A. Dillon will have the opportunity to receive one book, and any books left over will be placed in the facility’s library.

We continually stress to our students the importance of a quality education. During their stay at C.A. Dillon, the students have very little to call their own. It is our hope that new books will help generate an excitement for learning, while improving the quality and variety of educational materials.