Fredrick Douglas once said, “It is easier to build strong children than to  repair broken men”, an idea that I believe to the core of my heart.  Children are so easily influenced, if put with the right caring people,  their lives would be changed forever. My name is Ricardo Perry, the  founder and director of Connections and You, Inc. (CYI). I believe that  children need consistent, positive and influential people in their lives to effect change.

One of our biggest problems when it comes to our children is the lack of  positive influence. CYI is here to be a solution to that problem. Truth  is, the world is full of good, sound, and moral people. Imagine if each  of these individuals connected with just one child. Also imagine that  caring adult being there for them, encouraging them, helping them set  goals and becoming successful. What would our world be like if that  happened?

CYI has made it our mission to bring together positive adults with children in order to make our world better. Join us in this effort, contact us  for more information. Children are a gift from God; it is our job to  care for them. It will always take a village to raise a child, you my  friend, are part of that village!



The Distinguished Gentlemen's Club will have their 4th Annual Awards ceremony, June 11, 2016. It will be held at Hanahan Middle School. For some of the awards, club members have to be nominated. Listed below are the awards that will be given out at the ceremony. Any adult is able to nominate a DGC member. If you or someone who knows the DGC member, feels they are deserving of any of these awards, please click HERE to submit an online nomination

The deadline to nominate is June 1, 2016 at 5:00pm

If you prefer a hard copy, CLICK HERE to download the form and mail it to:

P.O. Box 62216 
North Charleston, SC 29419 

Award for Integrity – This club member strives to do what’s right at all times, even when doing the right thing means standing alone. This club member, if a mistake is made, doesn’t hesitate to take responsibility for his action, learns from it, and continues to strive to do what’s right.

Award for PerseveranceThis club member does not give up. Even when things become challenging for him, he stays focus on his goals and press forward.

Award for Positive AttitudeThis club member attempts to make the best of every situation by always speaking positively and encouraging others. This club member takes moments of failure and turns them into moments of opportunities to learn.

Award for LeadershipThis club member is very active within the club and his school, demonstrating initiatives and leading by example. This club member takes on responsibilities and requires little to no motivation from others. This club member is always seeking ways to make the club and community better and encourages others to do so as well.

The Most Distinguished Gentleman Award- The highest and most prestigious award a member can receive. This club member is one who stands out at school and in his community. This club member is committed to his club and its members, and he is always willing to sacrifice time and energy to benefit the club. This club member seeks to build upon their personal integrity, always setting an example for others to follow.

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