Ryan McAvoy, Marketing Manager
Ryan attended the Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). He is currently working as an Island ambassador, Hilton Head Guest Services. Ryan has served as an undergraduate research associate on a 2003 Hanover Township survey on citizen attitudes and public opinion. He also worked on the successful mayoral campaign for William Grace of Elyria, Ohio in 1999.
Rochelle Williams Native of Hilton Head Island has been a humanitarian since 1995 from America to Dominican Republic working with the Latitude Novena Mission International in Santiago Dominican Republic, helping Educate parents and children on proper nutrition and healthy living, also worked with the well known nutritionalist Dr. McDougall in Orlando, Florida as well as Christopher Hobbs and Leslie Gardner, author of “Grow it heal It.” Rochelle has also been nominated to be in the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame for 2018 after 30 years of practicing holistic healing and life coaching. Ran for Mayor of Hilton Head Island S.C, 2014. Currently Chairman of 12 Jewels of life nonprofit 501(c)(3). Mentoring children in areas such as life skills, etiquette, mannerism, critical thinking and goal setting.
12 Jewels of Life is a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency providing mentoring programs for middle and high school youth in the Beaufort and Jasper County area. The organization works to form partnerships with local school districts and the juvenile court system.
12 Jewels of Life's goal is to foster a commitment to young people that will promote pro-social friendship, strong interpersonal skills, and reassert a sense of individual responsibility to be reestablished that will give youth the commitment to follow through on path to adulthood with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Through repeated failures in the classroom and the development of destructive habits, at-risk young people have lost faith in the possibilities that await them if they are successful in putting their lives together. To accomplish this goal, young people must be in caring, inclusive learning environment that promotes their best effort and reinforces personal respect.
12 Jewels of Life is a organization that provides programs that are in direct response to the growing number of young people that are either falling through the cracks at school or are already entangled with the juvenile court system. The goal of the organization is to identify youths who are going to have a turbulent transition to adulthood and offer positive support system to avoid the pitfalls that can derail their lives. The focus is slightly different at each level but the goal remains the same; empower the young person to make positive changes in his/her life. 12 Jewels of Life will focus primarily on young and older adults. It is projected that within three years, 50% of the system's youth will be in middle and high school. This age group is particularly problematic and a perfect time for mentoring to be effective.
Empower the young person to make positive changes in his/her life. 12 Jewels of Life will focus primarily on young adults. It is projected that within three years, 50% of the system's youth will be in middle and high school. This age group is particularly problematic and are at a perfect time for mentoring to be effective.
12 Jewels of Life mentoring programs will pair a youth with mentor for 12 months. During that time too, we'll participate in weekly planned activities to strengthen the relationship between the two and improve the young person's confidence and hopefulness. Mentors will receive continuous training throughout the year and will participate in monthly meeting to report the young person's progress. Over time, the organization will create a learning environment that will be an invaluable resource to young people, aspiring mentors and the community at large.
12 Jewels of Life Foundation
Teens experience interviewing while seeking job opportunities.
Ellis Clemons, Mentor Recruiter
Ellis enjoys working to find the right persons to partner with children who need guidance and support. He is a retired member of the United States Marine Corp.
117 William Hilton Pkwy
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
A 501(c)3 Non-Profit Serving the Hilton Head, South Carolina Community
Lisa Bacigalupo, Secretary
I'm just me and no one else. I'm told I have a really big heart. I always try to help people in need. I'm a girl scout leader and I have a lot of information to give to the children. I worked with child development for over 40 years.