We're reaching high levels of academic achievement across Spartanburg County by measuring what matters ... cradle to career.


Who is SAM?

SAM is an academic movement on behalf of educational achievement across Spartanburg County, South Carolina. 

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Our Leadership

At SAM’s core is the leadership council and a small staff that provides continuity to the Movement.

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Strive Network

SAM replicates a national model started by a group of more than 300 leaders in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Together, they named their collaboration "Strive – Every Child, Cradle To Career".

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A Message From The E.D.

Dr. John Stockwell, Executive Director

SAM is a movement driven by a deep belief that Spartanburg County’s economic vitality depends on raising the value we place on educational achievement to levels well above the demands that were sufficient for a textile economy, to levels required by the knowledge economy, an economy in which know-how and expertise have replaced the labor-intensive requirements of the past.
— Dr. John Stockwell, Executive Director

How To Get Involved! 

SAM is committed to making sure everyone in Spartanburg County has the access to the education and skills they need to be successful.  But we can't do it alone.  If we are to meet the challenge of helping 40% of our citizens earn a college degree by 2030, we need everyone to commit to being a part of the solution. This includes, teachers, parents, students, business leaders, policymakers, or anyone ready to help make a difference.

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How is SAM funded?
SAM received its seed funding from The Spartanburg County Foundation through a generous $500,000 lead challenge grant to cover operational costs. It is now our task to match this grant with business, foundation, and individual support to ensure that the work of SAM is sustainable and continues to serve citizens county-wide.

Is SAM connected with United Way of the Piedmont?
Yes. SAM receives United Way funding for our college student to high school student mentoring program, Collegetown Access, between Wofford College and Spartanburg High School.

How can I help the mission of SAM?
EVERYONE can positively impact college attainment in our county! The biggest thing you can do is be an advocate for education. Learn about how education plays a role in shaping the futures of individuals and of the community as a whole, and then share that information with others. There is no "right" way to support the mission of educational attainment. You can talk to youth about their futures, encourage education at any age, let your own curiosity expand your education, reach to children, volunteer at a local school . . . the options go on and on! Visit our Join the Movement page for more information.

How can I make a financial contribution to SAM?
Donations are simple and secure. Just click the donate button below!