Suzi Roberts
 

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

-Winston Churchill

 
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Suzi is committed to advocating for the rights of children as well as to efforts to improve the overall well-being of children. She partners will several local, state level and national organizations to influence meaningful policy reform, to strengthen child abuse prevention efforts, and to raise funds that will directly serve children. Suzi has lobbied for proposed legislation like Senate Bill 211 and the Early Childhood Common Agenda. Suzi also serves the children of South Carolina and their families directly in many different capacities. Suzi's child advocacy efforts and activities include but are not limited to:

 

  • Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (Guardian ad Litem)
    • Representing abused and neglected children who are in DSS custody in family court proceedings, advocating for rehabilitative services for the children and their families and helping to find a permanent placement for children whether it be reunification, adoption or kinship care.
  • Children's Trust of South Carolina
    • Child Abuse Prevention Partner/ Pinwheels for Prevention Program
    • Legislative Committee
    • Supporter of the Early Childhood Common Agenda (in conjunction with the United Way Association of SC, the Institute for Child Success and Representative Rita Allison)
    • Kohl's Buckle Buddies Carseat Safety Checks
    • Adverse Childhood Experiences Program
  • Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
    • Local Ambassador
    • Host of several fundraising events like the annual Pawleys Island Week of Miracles, the Miracle Master Class Series and the Search for South Carolina's Most Miraculous Pizza
    • Top 5 Miracle Maker within the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization (2015, 2016)
    • Special events like IHOP's National Pancake Day and Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day
    • Hosted events with national sponsors including REMAX and ACE Hardware
  • Institute for Child Success
    • Small Talks- Securing the American Dream for Children Today
    • Race, Justice and the Young Child in America Conference
    • Earned Income Tax Credit Panel
  • Founder of The stART Initiative
    • Goal: increasing exposure to the arts for elementary aged children
    • Hosted summer programs and workshops
    • Established several chapters in South Carolina, Texas and California
  • United Way Association of SC
    • Women in Philanthropy Member
    • Public Policy Day/Legislative Luncheon
    • Early Childhood Common Agenda
  • Other Organizations
    • Joint Legislative Committee on Children
    • SC Bar Association Family Law Section Task Force
    • Columbia YMCA- Ballet Instructor for Home School Program
    • Epworth Children's Home- 1-on-1 Mentor
    • SC Thrive- Youth Mental Health Training and Poverty Simulation
    • SC DECA- Fall Leadership Conference Presenter
    • SC DSS- Volunteers for Youth Conference (2015, 2016), Independent Living Program Mentor
    • NFL PLAY 60- Freddie Falcon's First Down For Fitness Program Spokesperson
    • Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired- Assistant Algebra Teacher
    • Texas Department of Education- Researcher for SocioEconomic Influences on Learning Study
    • Equal Justice Initiative, Palmetto Place Children's Home, Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, ROAR of Birmingham, The Ghostlight Project, Relay for Life, Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Dream With Me Prom, Rotary International, Transitions SC, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, The aUTism Project, Symmetra Heroes in the Classroom

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not."

-Dr Seuss

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