South Carolina

People in South Carolina care about kids here in the United States and around the world.

Last year, 1,077 advocates in the Palmetto State pledged to support a presidential candidate who would invest in kids.

From expanding preschool for kids in the U.S. to ensuring children survive and thrive around the world, South Carolina’s advocates are the voice for children.

There are countless ways you can raise your voice for kids! Our activists post information and actions to their social media pages, staff booths at community events, meet with elected officials and even ask presidential candidates questions about how they would work to help children.

Plus, joining in our work will positively impact your life as well as the lives of children in South Carolina and beyond.

Upcoming Events

To learn more about an upcoming event or to volunteer, please contact Katy Seppi at kseppi@savechildren.org.

USC Pizza Social

Hamilton College, Room 321, University of South Carolina (map) October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, Oct. 12 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm| Hamilton 321 |

Hangout, eat pizza, and plan for ways we can be a voice for children on campus!

Do you believe all kids should have the best chance to succeed? Unfortunately:

  • Around the world, 16,000 children under the age of five die every day.
  • In the United States, 16 million children living in poverty enter kindergarten unprepared.

You can make a difference! Save the Children Action Network is training and mobilizing people like you to take action and help kids have the best start in life.

Come to our first official club meeting, dive deeper into issues that are impacting children around the world, and then we’ll round out the night to brainstorm ways to be a bigger presence on campus.

Where: Meet in Hamilton 321 on campus

When: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Hungry? We’ll have pizza and beverages.

RSVP to let us know you’re coming!

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Within Our Reach: Charleston Snap Advocacy

Rainbow Row (map) October 15 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Show Your Support for Ending Preventable Deaths of Kids Worldwide…in a Snap

Thanks in part to U.S. leadership, the world has seen the number of kids under 5 dying from preventable causes – like malaria and pneumonia – drop by half. Now, a bill called the Reach Every Mother and Child Act could help finish the job.

We’re making this issue visible during a nationwide week of action in October. Show the world that Charleston believes that every child deserves a healthy start in life by joining us for a group photo! Later in October, the photo will be included in a collage of photos from cities around the world.

Learn more about this campaign by clicking here.

Here are the details:
When: Sunday, October 15, 6:00 PM
Where: Rainbow Row, 83 E Bay St, Charleston

RSVP below to let us know your coming. All attendees will receive a free SCAN t-shirt!

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Meeting with Senator Tim Scott’s Lowcountry Office

Senator Tim Scott’s Lowcountry Office (map) October 16 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Do you believe that all children, no matter where they are born, deserve a healthy start in life? 

Tragically, every day 16,000 children under age 5 die of preventable causes, like diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria. The good news is we can and have been doing something about this. Worldwide, deaths of children age 5 and under have been cut in half since 1990 – thanks to American leadership.

The Reach Every Mother and Child Act will sustain this momentum and bring us closer to a world where no child dies from a preventable cause.

Join us to discuss this important issue with Senator Scott’s Lowcountry Director!

What: Meeting with Senator Scott’s office to discuss the Reach Every Mother and Child Act
When: Monday, October 16, 2:30pm
Where: 2500 City Hall Lane, 3rd Floor Suite, North Charleston

RSVP below to let us know you’re coming.

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Paint, Sip and Learn in Columbia

Studio Cellar (map) October 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Are you interested in learning more about the work Save the Children Action Network is doing to help moms and kids around the world survive and thrive? Join us for a unique opportunity to about our work while painting your own masterpiece, sipping wine or beer, and meeting new friends!

On Tuesday, October 17, we’re hosting a private party at Studio Cellar and we’d like you to join us! During the event, an artist will walk you step-by-step through creating your own painting. This class is for all skill levels so even if you’ve never picked up a brush, don’t let it stop you! While you’re painting, you’ll learn about our work to end preventable deaths of moms and kids around the world.

When: Tuesday, October 17, 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Studio Cellar, 912 Lady Street, Columbia

There is no cost to attend this event, but space is limited so RSVP today! All materials are provided. Drinks are not provided but you are welcome to bring your own snacks and wine and beer are available for purchase. Feel free to bring a friend too, just make sure they RSVP.

Within Our Reach: Furman Snap Advocacy

James B. Duke Library, Furman University (map) October 18 @ 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Show Your Support for Ending Preventable Deaths of Kids Worldwide…in a Snap

Thanks in part to U.S. leadership, the world has seen the number of kids under 5 dying from preventable causes – like malaria and pneumonia – drop by half. Now, a bill called the Reach Every Mother and Child Act could help finish the job.

We’re making this issue visible during a nationwide week of action in October. Show the world that Furman students believe that every child deserves a healthy start in life by joining us for a group photo! Later in October, the photo will be included in a collage of photos from cities around the world.

Learn more about this campaign by clicking here.

Here are the details:
When: Wednesday, October 18, 1:30 PM
Where: Meet at the SCAN table outside the James B. Duke Library

RSVP below to let us know your coming.

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Columbia Advocate for Kids Training: Be a Voice for Children in SC and around the world.

The Green Quad Learning Center (map) November 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Educate, activate and inspire yourself and others to be a voice for kids by joining our Advocate for Kids Training. During this training you will learn how to:

• Speak clearly and succinctly about critical kids’ issues

• Make a case for early childhood education in the U.S. and the survival of kids around the world

• Ask elected officials questions about how they will ensure kids are a priority

• Be a powerful advocate for kids.

Free lunch and goodies for all attendees.

Curious about the building where new legislation is created and debated? Join us for an optional State House tour before the advocacy training. 

Here are the details:

Optional State House Tour

When: Saturday, November 4, 11:15 AM – 12:20 PM

Where: Meet at the front steps of the State House, 1100 Gervais St, Columbia, SC

Advocate for Kids Training

When: Saturday, November 4, 1 PM – 3:30 PM

Where: Green Quad Learning Center, 1216 Wheat St, Columbia

RSVP below to let us know you’re coming.

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Charleston Advocate for Kids Training: Be a Voice for Children in SC and around the world.

The Schoolhouse (map) November 11 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Educate, activate and inspire yourself and others to be a voice for kids by joining our Advocate for Kids Training. During this training you will learn how to:

• Speak clearly and succinctly about critical kids’ issues

• Make a case for early childhood education in the U.S. and the survival of kids around the world

• Ask elected officials questions about how they will ensure kids are a priority

• Be a powerful advocate for kids.

Free lunch and goodies for all attendees.

Here are the details:

Advocate for Kids Training

When: Saturday, November 11, 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Where: The Schoolhouse, 720 Magnolia Rd, Charleston, SC

RSVP below to let us know you’re coming.

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Campaign Materials

We want to help you be an effective voice for kids. Below are resources to help you take action in your community.

Join Us

Contact your local Save the Children Action Network staff member to learn how you can be a voice for kids.

Katy Seppi
Mobilization Manager, South Carolina

Katy Seppi is a Licensed Master Social Worker who specializes in grassroots organizing, advocacy and management. Prior to joining SCAN, she worked as an organizer for an education nonprofit, training volunteers and connecting them to opportunities to use their voice to create change for kids. Over the past eight years she has worked with individuals and nonprofits on a variety of social justice issues.

Katy grew up in Utah before moving to Georgia where she received her MSW degree from the University of Georgia. She currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

kseppi@savechildren.org