Youth & Service Programs

Youth Programs

Two Federal Award Winning Programs that assist qualified youth with employment

  • Youth Corps: Kids Ages 14 and 15 are hired to work in various departments of the City
  • Youth Co-Op: Kids Ages 16 and above and in High School are hired by local businesses throughout the Sumter Community

Students ages 14-15 will work in city government and students age 16 through high school will work in the Co-Op Program for local businesses. Students must live in the city limits and meet income requirements set by HUD. Students should see their school guidance counselors for applications and income guidelines or pick up an application in-person at the Liberty Center Community Development Offices located at 12 W. Liberty St.

Call Carolet Thomas at (803) 774-1652 or Clarence Gaines at (803) 774-1649 with questions regarding the application process for either of these programs.
Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm.

Community Service Programs
  • HOPE Centers: The purpose of the HOPE Centers is to "Harvest Opportunity and Promote Empowerment" through education, job training, cultural and recreational activities. Click here to learn more about the Hope Centers and to find one in your area.
  • Art Program: To provide opportunities to youth in the NRSA and EZ areas to develop and improve their artistic skills at the Manning Avenue Free Art Studio
  • Homeless Initiatives: To provide assistance through United Ministries to the low-income population in the City

Eligibility: To be eligible for these programs, one must meet the following income guideline (Note: this guideline is based on the number of people living in a household):


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Important Links:

HUD Exchange
COVID-19 Relief (US Treasury)
CARES Act (Congress)

Contact Info:

Liberty Center
12 West Liberty Street
Suite H
Sumter, SC 29150
Fax: (803) 774-1685

Clarence "CG" Gaines
Community Development Director
Phone: (803) 774-1649

Carolet Thomas
Administrative Assistant
Liberty Center
Phone: (803) 774-1652

Hours of Operation: 8:30am - 5pm, Mon - Fri