Let's Move Summer Camp & After School

The Let's Move Summer Camp & After School programs provide services to the Nicholtown community consisting of over 1,500 families where 1,000 of these families are below the poverty line. In the past two (2) years in our Partnership with Nicholtown Missionary Baptist Church and other partners, we have been able to serve over 200+ kids' each summer ages 4-15 years old.

Our programs have provided relief for single parent mothers with 3 or 4 children, who, without the program, could not afford after-school care or a summer program for her children to grow and develop into successful young adults. They would otherwise be left home alone while the mother works or with older relatives who could not assist with schoolwork or other needs. These programs help to make it possible for these children to become well-rounded, productive citizens in their community.


In 2014, the association introduced iSTEAM, a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math curriculum, in its Let's Move summer camp. The goal of iSTEAM is to ensure the students are prepared for their next grade levels when they return to school.

Dwight Woods Repertory Theatre

Sammy Dotson, Director
The PWA Dwight Woods Repertory Theatre for Youth is another creative way that PWA uses to improve the lives of underserved youth. In addition to singing, dancing and acting in preparation for more than 25 annual performances, the staff also monitors academic performance, providing tutoring and support where needed. This program has a 100% high school graduation rate.

Under the leadership of Executive Director, Darian D. Blue, the Phillis Wheatley Association is focused on putting together a strategic plan moving toward a more 21st century educational environment that will focus on education, health and the arts. New programs are underway that will introduce children to entrepreneurship and aviation.

Darian Blue states, "In order for our children to succeed in the 21st century they have to have educational resources that will allow them to compete with other students in other communities, in other states, in other countries."

Overall, it is the focus and goal that this particular center becomes a cutting edge 21st century learning environment that will allow our community, the low-income children that we serve, the opportunity to compete on every level educationally in the state of South Carolina.