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Community Empowerment Movement

The organization's Community Empowerment Movement is designed to provide workshops on financial education tools necessary to improve the economic stability of families in an effort to help them meet their basic needs and become upwardly mobile with the intent of gradually increasing wealth. The program performs under a "Community Empowerment platform.  Program benefits include tax preparation, tax credits, and financial literacy.

             Financial Literacy Program

The Financial Literacy Program provides financial literacy education, counseling and workshops to ensure that low-to-moderate income (LMI) individuals and families are able to:

  1. efficiently manage their financial resources

  2. participate in the financial and banking world

  3. successfully build assets and personal wealth

  4. manage income responsibly


The LPSF VITA Program

The LPSF, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, provides free income tax preparation service for the low-to-moderate income.  This service known as VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistant) involves recruiting and training volunteers to staff the VITA tax sites in Clarendon County.

We prepared over 300 tax returns during 2020 year's tax season which provided over $53,000 back into the Clarendon County community. 90% of our tax clients usually receive a refund.  We e-file all returns with a turn around within two weeks with direct deposit.  This is a very rewarding work to provide a free worthwhile service.

We need volunteers to serve with us during the upcoming income tax filing season! To volunteer please contact  Dr. Akiva Ford, 803-310-3474 or


Youth Empowerment Movement

The LPSF Youth Empowerment Movement offers programs designed to provide supplemental education tools so that ALL young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Programs are designed to ensure that all students excel academically, graduate from high school, avoid at-risk behavior, and are prepared to complete a post-secondary degree or certification.


Program benefits include:

  • employability skills

  • healthy lifestyle education

  • leadership

  • civic engagement activities


 LPSF's iC.A.N.  Mentoring/Tutoring Program 

Inspiring Career Readiness, Academics, Nurturing College Preparation


The LPSF’s iC.A.N. Mentoring/Tutoring Program is designed to provide academic enrichment and civic engagement tools to empower youth in Clarendon, Sumter, Lee, and surrounding counties so that every young person has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. 


The iC.A.N. Mentoring/Tutoring Program offers under-served youths the opportunity to participate in activities aimed at leadership development, career exposure, educational enrichment, and college preparation in order to prepare them for the future. The iC.A.N. Mentoring/Tutoring Program would empower youth  to discover and pursue their career and education pathways.  Examples include but not limited to : financial literacy workshops, mentorship and job skill experience, creative and social innovation experiences, and college readiness programming, creative and social innovation experiences, and direct financial assistance through scholarships.


Student Benefits:

  • Free monthly workshops

  • Summer internships

  • Networking Opportunities

  • Positive Social Relationships

Monthly Workshops 

The iC.A.N. Mentoring/Tutoring Program has been expanded to provide additional services to students including monthly workshops covering the following topics: Education, Employment, Life Skills, Healthy Lifestyles,  Housing, and Supportive Relationships. Each month, students have the opportunity to attend a two-hour class conducted by local business owners and professional leaders in our community. During the holiday months,  workshops also include a community service component.  (students can receive a $15 stipend for each class upon completion)

Summer Internships

During the summer component of the program, students complete a week-long job readiness camp which incorporates instruction on work-place etiquette and competencies, financial literacy, and career choices. After completing an assessment for work interests, students are assigned a six-week internship placement that mirrors their career interest and is paid a stipend for their work. The summer component of  iC.A.N. is designed to give students the opportunity to gain meaningful experience in the workforce that they can build on in the future. 



Do you know a student that would benefit from the Youth Leadership Development Institute? iC.A.N. Mentoring/Tutoring Program provides academic enrichment and civic engagement tools including monthly workshops and summer internships to empower youth in the Clarendon, Sumter, Lee, and surrounding counties.

Please call (803) 310-3474 to request program application information for your student.


In order to combat South Carolina’s staggering unemployment rate, The LPSF's Workforce Development (WFD) program is designed to help the unemployed and under-employed of Clarendon County obtain employment by increasing their marketable skills and promoting self-sufficiency.


The program modules are designed to help job seekers access employment, education, enhanced training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.


Benefits of the Program:

  • Time management skills

  • Resume writing and development

  • Interviewing with confidence

  • Employment search assistance

  • Employability skills training

  • Job placement

  • Post-placement support


Call (803) 310-3474 for more information about signing up for our monthly workshop.

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