Jodina HicksExecutive Director

Since 1988...

...our mission at UrbanPromise has been to equip Camden's children and young adults with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and Christian leadership. We strive to fulfill this mission through after-school programs, summer camps, two schools, experiential learning, job training, and a host of other programs that challenge youth to develop and realize their potential.

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Through a myriad of neighborhood-based programs, UrbanPromise educates and empowers around 700 Camden children and teens each year.

Within each of our programs, our children and teens are encouraged to focus on their studies and achieve academically. Upon graduation, 93% go on to college.

At least once a month, 253 individuals volunteer at UrbanPromise in a variety of capacities. We also host over 1,000 annual volunteers who participate in Saturday and week-long WorkGroup activities.

On any afternoon during the school year, you’ll find a small group of teens – each wearing a tool belt with a staple gun or sander in hand – gathered on the expansive, dusty first floor of an old Camden church. The next hours will be filled with talking, sweating, listening, learning, planning and building. The finished product? Self-confidence, personal growth and, oh yes, a beautiful boat.