Kaisha Young

Student Mentor Urges Youth to 'Be All That They Can Be'

By Kaisha Young

Gordon sitting in front of a church window.Robert Gordon understands the importance of having a solid support system while getting an education. While he was still a student himself, Gordon led his fellow North Middle/High School classmates to ensure they had just that. Since the eighth grade, Gordon acted as a stand-in assistant principal and dealt with the needs of the students at his school. His duties included organizing fundraisers, planning field trips, and monitoring the halls. Gordon also acted as a mentor for his peers. During his time at North, he bonded with several of the students and helped them with any personal problems...

South Carolina's The Nickelodeon More Than a Theater

By Kaisha Young

The Sign at Nickelodeon TheaterAndy Smith understands the importance of having a safe space to get creative. He's the executive director of the Nickelodeon , South Carolina’s only non-profit art house cinema. The theater is located on Main Street in Columbia and has become an anchor of activity for the city. "The Nick" was founded in 1979 by two University of South Carolina students who wanted to create a place for film lovers to come together. In August of 2012, The Nick’s board of directors purchased its current location, the former Fox Theater in downtown Columbia. The Nickelodeon’s unique programming features...

The Pros and Cons of Social Media

By Kaisha Young

Social MediaAcross the state, families are preparing to send their kids off to college. For many students, school is only a few miles away, but for University of South Carolina sophomore Savannah Willis, it’s much farther. Despite this, Willis manages to find a way to minimize the distance. “I moved 11 hours away from home for college and without social media, I would’ve completely lost contact with everyone back home,” says Willis. “I still feel connected”. Seventy eight percent of Americans use some form of social media. Worldwide, there are 1.96 billion social media users and analysts project that...

Glass Art Studio Making Waves in Midlands River District

By Kaisha Young

Glass Art in the window of Glassie LadiesGlassie Ladies is a glass art studio located in the River District of the Midlands. Its founders, Pat Stone and Julie Blinder, have been creating glass art for years. “My dad was an artist and my mother was an interior decorator, so I grew up having art all around me all the time,” says Stone. The pair met while taking water aerobics classes. One day, Pat overheard Julie talking about stained glass and the two struck up a friendship. Pat had been doing shows across Columbia and asked Julie if she wanted to show her work alongside her. Julie agreed and they spent the next 6 years presenting...

New Exhibit at SC State Museum Explores Race

By Kaisha Young

Photo of Race Exhibit PosterLast June, the Charleston A.M.E. shootings sent a shockwave through South Carolina. The tragedy shed light on the fact that race is unfortunately still an issue in this state. In response, the South Carolina State Museum has recently opened a new exhibit that hopes to educate people about race, as well as encourage discussion about it. Race: Are We So Different? addresses race from a scientific, historical, and cultural standpoint. It was developed by the American Anthropological Association, in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota. State Museum officials felt that the...

Early Education Programs Offer Head Start for Youngest SC Students

By Kaisha Young

Youngest StudentResearch shows that children greatly benefit from receiving education before kindergarten. During early childhood, the human brain develops the majority of its neurons and is most receptive to learning. For example, children often have an easier time picking up a second language than adults. This is because the neurons in their brains are actively creating new connections that allow them to retain information so well. This growth primarily happens within the first two years of a child’s life. Because of this, researchers encourage parents to enroll their children in early education programs...

Settling In | Endowment Intern Kaisha

By Kaisha Young

Keisha with other internsThis is the start of my third week at ETV, which is so hard to believe. It feels like I just got here! I’ve finally gotten into my groove, so my days run a lot smoother now. Last week, I went on a shoot that I organized and planned at the South Carolina State Museum. The footage we shot was about the new Race: Are We So Different? exhibit there. The video is a part of Palmetto Scene . It was really cool to interview the museum’s history curator and get a behind-the-scenes look at how the exhibit found its way to Columbia. I’ve always loved conducting interviews, so that was really fun for me...

Learning the Creative Process | Kaisha Young

By Kaisha Young

Young InternshipI’ve only been at ETV for a week and I can already tell I’m going to love it here! My experience is going to be a little different from the other interns’ and that’s because I’ll actually be splitting my time between the Columbia station and the Rock Hill station. The commute to Columbia is a long one for me, so my supervisor, Don, and I agreed that I’d only come to Columbia a few days out of the week and that I’d come to Rock Hill the other days. On my first day, I was super-excited when I found out I got my own cubicle! I know that’s a silly thing to be excited about, but there’s something...