AARP – “Age is not a defeat, but a victory”

    AARP – “Age is not a defeat, but a victory”

    AARP’s remarkable founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, had a passion for education and service that carried her throughout her extensive career as a teacher and a high school principal. After retiring at age 60, she turned her energies to helping “aging folk realize life’s possibilities.”

    Dr. Andrus had a new and different vision of aging. “We don’t get old,” she said, “we grow old. We mature. If we ever stop growing, then we have had it.” But as she looked around in 1950s America, she could see that “most organizations working with older citizens did things for them—things that too often led to trivial activities and childish games.”

    “Why,” she asked herself, “can’t AARP offer senior Americans a chance to solve their own problems of personal identity, recreation, travel, health protection and financial security?”

    Since 1958, AARP has been doing just that—and helping all Americans to understand that, in Dr. Andrus’ words, “age is not a defeat, but a victory; not a punishment, but a privilege.”

    Here in South Carolina, AARP has more than 600,000 members. There are great ways to get involved ere in the Upstate. See the opportunities below and let us hear from you.

    AARP South Carolina’s volunteers are local heroes. They are everyday people who care about their communities and are doing what they can to make a difference. We want to join you in the work you are doing in your community or to create the change you know needs to happen.

    We work on the issues that impact the 50+ and their families, including:

    • Veterans Outreach
    • Health & Healthcare
    • Hunger and Food Insecurity
    • Utilities
    • Caregiving
    • Fraud Prevention

    Join AARP South Carolina as a volunteer for some great opportunities and self-fulfillment. The calendar for the upcoming months is starting to take shape and your help is needed. AARP SC is planning some major events and activities for our Upstate members.

    Here is a sample of volunteer opportunities that are available in the Upstate.

    Community Engagement Team – be a part of the steering group to help plan and Implement community events. This group will meet on a regular basis to plan and develop events and on-going programs for members in the Upstate.

    Community Event Volunteers – Spend some time working events and representing AARP SC at community events, festivals, Movies for Grown Ups, Shred Events with the BBB of the Upstate, and Fraud presentations. Look for AARP SC on Fridays on Main beginning March 17.

    Advocacy Volunteers – Help track and advocated for issues that are important to older South Carolina residents. This includes state and federal officials. AARP is a fierce defender on issues that impact your wallet.

    2024 Presidential Primary Volunteers – Track ALL presidential candidates when they visit the area. AARP is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates. Volunteers will be needed to help AARP hold the candidates accountable on issues that impact older voters.

    Sounds like fun. Click here to fill out an interest form. Look for an email or phone call from Patrick Cobb about a training and social event to learn more. It is all about having fun.

    AARP is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age. With over 600,000 members here in the Palmetto state, AARP is making life better for its members. For other information on AARP programs, services and benefits call 1-866-389-5655 or

    TATT x SCDHEC Behavioral Mental Health Discovery Meeting

    TATT x SCDHEC Behavioral Mental Health Discovery Meeting

    On February 23, Ten at the Top and the South Carolina Department of Environmental Control (SC DHEC) brought together a group of mental and behavioral health care providers for an initial discussion of working regionally and collaboratively to address elements of the behavioral health crisis in the Upstate. The group analyzed current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in regional behavioral health care, and determined common themes and potential courses of action. The group agreed to form a regional task force to define and prioritize objectives, and determine strategies and action steps.
    TATT CHAT Recap – February 9, 2023

    TATT CHAT Recap – February 9, 2023

    Welcome and Introductions: David Feild, Chairman of the Board

    Local Public Health Strategies: Improving the Health of our Upstate Communities

    Dr. Kandi Fredere, Region Director of SCDHEC

    Click here to view a recording of the meeting

    Click here to view the presentation

    Resource Updates

    Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement Department

    James Nelson shared updates and information on initiatives that focus on litter removal, and “Keeping Spartanburg Beautiful”. To learn more about Spartanburg County’s Environmental Enforcement Department, click the link above.

    Jasmine Road

    Jasmine Road provides help for women in need by providing safe housing, basic needs, life/job skills training, and more. To learn more about this incredible resource, click the link above.


    TATT welcomes Anna-Elyse Lewis Abrams as Communications Coordinator

    TATT welcomes Anna-Elyse Lewis Abrams as Communications Coordinator

    Ten at the Top (TATT) is pleased to announce the addition of Anna-Elyse Lewis Abrams to the position of Communications Coordinator.
    Her role centers around TATT’s mission to increase collaborative capacity across the 10 counties
    of the upstate by highlighting the efforts and initiatives of the organization, as well as those of its
    partners and sponsors. Additionally, she will serve as the primary point of contact for media inquiries,
    coordinate outreach efforts, draft in-house publications, and devise strategic marketing campaigns that
    amplify and elevate TATT’s messaging.

    A graduate of USC Upstate, Anna-Elyse brings with her a background of communications and marketing
    in local government and community development, having served as the Communications Specialist for
    the City of Spartanburg. She is a lifelong resident of Spartanburg, and enjoys spending time with her
    family and friends, and performing with local community theatres.

    “We are pleased to have Anna-Elyse join the Ten at the Top team,” said TATT Executive Director Dean
    Hybl. “Her background in communications and familiarity with the region will be very valuable as we
    continue to build connections and the collective capacity of the Upstate.”
    “Ten at the Top is doing such great work to connect and strengthen the Upstate.” said Lewis Abrams, “I
    am so excited to join those efforts, and amplify the message of this organization’s inspiring mission
    alongside an incredible team.”

    Have a question for Anna-Elyse? Email her at 

    About Ten at the Top: Comprised of public, private, and civic leaders from across the ten-county Upstate South Carolina
    Region, Ten at the Top connects and encourages regional collaboration through data-driven research
    and regular gatherings of leaders and residents to address key regional issues. TATT works with local
    partners to foster collaboration and strategic planning that enhances the economic vitality and quality
    of life for Upstate residents today and as the region continues to grow.

    UEE Partner Workshop May Recap

    UEE Partner Workshop May Recap

    UEE Partner Workshop (May 3, 2022)

    How’s Business…Really? – The Story Behind the Numbers


    The “How’s Business…Really” series continued with The Story Behind the Numbers: Translating Numbers into Financial Goals, presented by Jerry Smith of Piedmont SCORE. This is part the 2002 virtual Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem Partner Workshop Series.

    Jerry discussed what financial goals are, why business owners set goals, the importance of development a written plan, and covered setting up a start-up budget, sales forecasts, break-even analysis, profit and loss statement, balance sheet, and the importance of making a plan so that your goals drive your numbers.

    Click here to watch a recording of the workshop and here to view the presentation.

    Cash Flow Worksheet

    Break Even Analysis

    Financials & Common Ratio Worksheets

    The SC Small Business Development Center, the Women’s Business Center of CommunityWorks, and Piedmont SCORE are offering this series to provide tools and tips for you to assess the financial health of your small business. See previous workshops from the series below:

    Workshop #1 – Show Me the Paper Trail! Identifying Important Financial Data with Ana Parra of Community Works Women’s Business Center – recapvideo and presentation.

    Workshop #2 – Numbers Don’t Lie – Organizing the Numbers with Earl Gregorich of SC Small Business Development Center – recapvideo, and presentation.

    iMAGINE Upstate is returning to Downtown Greenville!

    iMAGINE Upstate is returning to Downtown Greenville!

    Get ready for STEAM fun for the whole family- iMAGINE Upstate is returning to Downtown Greenville!

    The iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Festival Fueled by Fluor is returning to Downtown Greenville on April 2nd.

    The iMAGINE Upstate Festival is a free street festival held annually on Main Street in Greenville. The mission of iMAGINE Upstate is to create meaningful experiences that promote a culture of lifelong learning and career readiness, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) in pre-K through 12 education career pathways.

    Over 50 exhibits from Upstate businesses and organizations will offer hands-on, educational activities for attendees of all ages. Experience the excitement of STEAM through drone races, robotics shows, explosive science experiments, 3D printing, arts and crafts, dance performances, and much more!

    “Our amazing sponsors and exhibitors make STEAM accessible and fun. They help students answer the question, ‘When I grow up, I want to be…’ And it can be anything – an automotive engineer, an art therapist, a zoologist, a food scientist – you name it,” said Dallas Thomas, Program Coordinator for iMAGINE Upstate.

    Key experiences will include:

    • Join Fluor, iMAGINE Upstate’s title sponsor and a global leader in the engineering and construction industry, to help build a better world! Grab your hard hat and join the team! Learn how Fluor designs and builds the world’s toughest projects as you get certified in Design & Planning, Environmental Stewardship and Site Safety. Then, you’ll try your hand at building as part of a Fluor construction team. Working together, you’ll learn how to deliver safe, well-executed and efficient results.
    • ‘Break I.T. Down’ with ScanSource! Learn more about the technology solutions you use every day! Put on your thinking cap and solve puzzles using QR codes and RFID (Radio-frequency identification).
    • On your marks, get set, GO! Ride a stationary bike or use a handheld generator to power an RC car around a racetrack with ZF Transmissions Race Around the World! Learn how physics and electricity can make a car go faster or slower. Take an inside look an automotive transmission and crank a handle to explore L.E.D efficiency.
    • How does the science and technology inside your electronic devices work? How does physics help you listen to your favorite music? Explore the relationships between electricity, magnetism, power storage, and audio filtration with Kyocera-AVX!
    • Can you overcome the friction created by three different surfaces? Will you be able to Dodge the windmill to putt the golf ball into the hole? Which speed is optimal for a conveyor belt? STEM discoveries await you at Dodge Industrial!

    The iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Festival Fueled by Fluor will be held Saturday, April 2nd, 2022 from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Greenville. Attendees can enjoy complimentary Greenlink bus service to the festival site on festival day, thanks to Proterra! Greenlink will also be operating a free downtown trolley that will offer shuttle service from 10 AM to 7 PM on festival day. Festivalgoers can park for free at County Square and ride the trolley to and from the festival site.

    There is no cost to attend, and the festival is open to the public. T-shirts, food from local food trucks, and refreshments will be available for purchase.

    Mark your calendars, and join Upstate South Carolina in celebrating the joy and excitement of STEAM!

    Stay up to date by visiting our website and following us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. The iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Festival Fueled by Fluor is a program of South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science (SCCMS) at Clemson University.