Institute builds international partnerships for communities

By Kerry Coffey

Clemson models to build strong communities and protect children are going international. MarkSmall, a psychologist in Clemson’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, shared information on the institute’s Strong Communities initiative while serving as aFulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic. The initiative is the most comprehensive community effort in the United States for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

While in Europe,Small began a study of multi-national indicators of child well-being with child researchers from Estonia, Hungary, and Slovakia, funded by Childwatch International. He also began the Palmetto Global Grantmakers Exchange Program in partnership with a Czech group to develop community foundations. The exchange program provides local grantmakers with a global perspective on community development and allows foundation partners from around the world to benefit from the experiences of South Carolina grantmakers.

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