Success Initiative


To create a makerspace-based education system focused on the development of STEAM related professional skills.


To coordinate community focused STEAM-based projects and events to provide essential networking and educational opportunities. This mission is accomplished through the development of partnerships and mentorships that help students develop professional skills needed to meet the solutions of impending problems in the local community evidenced by community indicators.

STEAM is an educational approach that is sweeping the globe. It uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics in a collaborative way to guide student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

Help us achieve our goals by donating to the Success Initiative Fund [2106] through the Spartanburg County Foundation. Thank you for your support!

Current Projects

  • SI Bots: a FIRST robotics team for all of Spartanburg County. Contact Deb Ezell to get involved (
  • STEAM Garden: a community garden/outdoor classroom thought up by area artist Daniel Zongrone and funded in part by the ArtsXcelerator grant through the Chapman Cultural Center.
  • IKEA’s Growroom: In partnership with Synergy Mill (makerspace in Greenville), SI will make and install the growroom as part of the STEAM Garden. The Maslow CNC housed at Synergy Mill will be used to cut the pieces, and laser cut scale models will also be produced as an outreach tool.


  • Laney Alverson, Chairman
    Phone: (864) 381-7607 Email:
  • Kelsey Leahy, Vice-Chairman
    Phone: (864) 580-6506 Email:


Success Initiative interns in front of the new Project Hub Spartanburg sign. Spartanburg’s new makerspace is located at 442 South Church Street.


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