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The Community Powerhouse History

On May 7, 2004 ten citizens from the Newtown community of Lancaster SC met with pastor AnThony E. Pelham of Faith, Hope & Victory Christian Church for a Community Leader Rap Session to discuss his concerns about the large number of African-American males who were hanging out on the street corners participating in unproductive behaviors.


Launched Community Powerhouse
On May 7, 2004, citizens from the Newtown Community met for a Community Leader Rap Session to discuss their concerns about African-American males who were hanging on the street corners & who had not completed their high school education.


Awarded Grant
October 1, 2004 grant submitted to J. Marion Sims Foundation & awarded $287, 297 to power up the Community Powerhouse


1st Intervention Franchise
On November 22, 2004, the company powered up its first Intervention franchise and boardroom located at 202 South Gregory Street in Lancaster, SC.


2nd Intervention Franchise
On November 7, 2008, the company powered up its second Intervention franchise located in Chester, South Carolina through a grant from YouthNet (SC Department of Mental Health) and a collaborative partnership with the Chester County Alternative Education program.


1st Prevention Franchise
On January 13, 2015, under the leadership of Principal Dr. Joe Keenan, and High School 101 instructor Ricardo Priester the Community Powerhouse established its third and first Prevention franchise at Lancaster High School, 617 Normandy Road in Lancaster SC.


Prevention Franchise at A. R. Rucker Middle School
On January 19, 2021, the company powered up another Prevention franchise at A. R. Rucker Middle School. The program was funded through a three-year grant written by Dr. Paul McKenzie in the amount of $ 493,771 from the Department of Justice Programs and OJJDP (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention).


Prevention Franchise at South Middle School
On August 21, 2023, the company powered up another Prevention franchise at South Middle School. The program under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Phipps and South Middle School Principal Brent Chavous, was funded by the Lancaster County School District.


Present Day
As of 2024 the program has received over $2.1 million in local and grant funding and has served (866) at-risk males

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