About Us

Who We Are

Dramatic Coffee Beans, Inc. started brewing the minds of youth in Lake City, South Carolina, in the fall of November 2012.  DCB is a comprehensive youth development organization designed to educate students on the social dilemmas they may face in today’s society.  DCB provides life skills that enable them to make positive choices.  Dramatic Coffee Beans, Inc. is widely known for its innovative programs & events, youth peer leaders, and use of applied drama, improvisation and other forms of the arts.  

Vision

Mission

The vision of DCB is to establish a better quality of life for youth by providing the necessary tools that lead to educational and lifelong success. 

The mission of DCB is to provide youth with a safe environment that incorporates tools that empower and enhance students with the ability to make positive choices that lead to high school graduation, teen pregnancy prevention, and positive future endeavors.

Motto

Awakening the Mind to Make Positive Choices

Vision

The vision of DCB is to establish a better quality of life for youth by providing the necessary tools that lead to educational and lifelong success. 

Mission

The mission of DCB is to provide youth with a safe environment that incorporates tools that empower and enhance students with the ability to make positive choices that lead to high school graduation, teen pregnancy prevention, and positive future endeavors.

Motto

Awakening the Mind to Make Positive Choices

What We Do

Dramatic Coffee Beans, Inc. is a youth development program for students in grades 8-12 that provide a safe environment to learn who they are, how to better themselves and how to help others.

Youth development can be defined as an intentional, prosocial approach that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families. The engagement is in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances young people’s strengths; and promotes positive outcomes. Opportunities provided allow students to foster positive relationships and leadership skills through the use of team building activities. Led by trained adults, students participate in training sessions, seminars and workshops that address areas such as bullying, teen pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS education, career and financial development, self-esteem building and leadership training. Through these activities, students also learn valuable skills that will enhance personal development, increase abilities to be peer leaders, and help make good choices during challenging times.

Designed by Carla Angus, M.Ed, Owner of Transforming Minds, LLC, and Founder of Dramatic Coffee Beans, DCB incorporates the components of her leadership toolkit entitled G.E.A.R.S.  G.E.A.R.S. stands for Generating an Effective Attitude to Reach Success to educate and empower its participants. Included in G.E.A.R.S are four essential life skills that drive home the organization’s mission and increases the possibility of success after high school graduation. For more information on G.E.A.R.S. email transformingmindssc@gmail.com or call 843-687-4493.

 

Why We Do It

Drugs, alcohol, sex, bullying, and peer pressure are just a few examples of social dilemmas that young people face in modern society and data shows that many are not making good choices.

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Sexual Activity

53.8% of high school students reported in 2017 they had not used a condom during their last sexual encounter.

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Poverty

50% of our children are living in poverty; a dilemma causing the single greatest threat to children’s well-being.

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Depression

Approximately 60% of adolescents with major depressive episodes did not receive treatment for their depression.

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Bullying

35% of teens in the U.S. have been involved in bullying either as a victim or as the bully.

Educational Disparity

$170,000 over the course of a lifetime is the difference in income that a high school dropout does not earn in comparison to his/ her graduating peers according to a Georgetown University study.

Neighborhood & School Violence

4,300 young people ages 10 to 24 were victims of homicide in 2014; this was an average of 12 each day according to a report provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Drug Use

5,376 drug overdose deaths among adolescents ages 15-24 were reported in 2015.

Alcohol Use

320,000 young people aged 15 to 29 die each year from alcohol-related causes—9% of all deaths in that age group.

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Obesity & Eating Disorders

20% of children in the United States between the ages of 10 and 17 are overweight or obese.

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Teen Pregnancy

Nearly 50% of teen mothers and their children live in poverty.

Divorced/Single Parent Families

14 million single parents are responsible for 28 million children.

Suicide

2nd leading cause of death among youth and young adults in the United States: Suicide.

DCB has been designed to help youth respect themselves and others, work productively together, strive for excellence in all things, and make positive choices during challenging times. To view our data sources for more information, click here.

Goals

  • Incorporate curriculum that enhances youth development
  • Educate students on the social dilemmas teens face in today’s society such as bullying, teen pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS, and other issues they may encounter
  • Conduct innovative workshops that help students in the areas of self-knowledge, social interactions, and physical and emotional health
  • Implement community-based events that address social dilemmas teens may face in today’s society through the use of the performing arts
  • Provide scholarships to graduating seniors who have maintained good academics, behavior and attendance, complete the application process, and have participated in DCB activities and programs

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Student Participation:

Students are eligible to join DCB in grades 6th – 12th. Students that would like to join DCB must complete an application.

Program & Events Volunteer Opportunities:

Are you interested in volunteering with DCB? Volunteers have the opportunity to assist in many ways directly and/or indirectly with students. Those interested in becoming a volunteer should complete an application, background check and attend a 90 minute training. The process is quick, but the impact is forever.

Join DCB

Student Participation:

Students are eligible to join DCB in grades 6th – 12th. Students that would like to join DCB must complete an application, attend an information meeting and complete an interview. 

Program & Events Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers have the opportunity to assist in many ways directly and/or indirectly with students. Those interested in becoming a volunteer should complete an application, background check and attend a 90 minute training. The process is quick, but the impact is forever.