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Marlboro County HS Leadership Education Training JROTC Program

951 Fayetteville Ave. Ext.
Bennettsville, SC 29512

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Contact Information:
Mr. Justin F. Blum, LTC(R)

Program Specification:






Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School


School Wide


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


The Marlboro County HS Army JROTC programs mission statement is to Motivate Students to be Better Citizens. We fulfill this mission by the use of our United States Army JROTC curriculum: Leadership Education and Training. In conjunction with after school programs, peer mentoring, and service learning projects, our cadets self efficacy is raised, in conjunction with their motivation and self esteem. Career goals and realistic expectations are a factor in working with individual cadets as well as a very comprehensive pregnancy prevention program. Finally, collaboration with community adult civic organizations for additional adult mentoring has been extremely effective for the overall benefit of our cadets and program as a whole.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Career Education, Community Collaboration, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Mentoring/Tutoring, Service Learning, Students with Disabilities, Substance Abuse, Teen Pregnancy

Starting Date: 1993
Students Served Per Year: 250-500
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High-risk peer group
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • Misbehavior

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Low education level of parents
  • Large number of siblings
  • Family disruption
  • Low contact with school

School factors

  • School math achievement
  • Student engagement
  • Teacher expectations

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status
  • Local labor market/neighborhood stability
  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or $500 - $1000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
School Districts
Service Clubs


Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals
Computer/Internet Based

AKA Sorority, KIWANIS of Bennettsville, SC Character Education Partnership

Evaluation Information:

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities
209 Martin Street
Clemson, SC 29631-1555
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Fax: 864-656-0136
Email: NDPCSD-L@clemson.edu

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