Bruce MainPresident & Founder

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 approximately 700 Camden children and teens each year.

Our children and teens are encouraged to focus on their studies and achieve academically. Of our high school grads, 89% transition to college (82%) or a vocational training program (7%).

Each year, more than 230 individuals volunteer on a regular basis at UrbanPromise in a variety of capacities. We also host over 1,000 annual volunteers who participate in Saturday and week-long WorkGroup activities.


Bruce Main, founder ans president of UrbanPromise, admitted his non0profit has had to make a lot of adjustments and find new ways to keep its young people engaged.  


The East Camden-based nonprofit hosts a number of programs, includinf Christian elementary and high schools, summer camps ans after-school programs, StreetLeader progfram for teensm UrbanTrekkers and BoatWorks programs.


The schools transitioned, like all New Jersey schools, to a remote learning model once schools closed their buildings in mid-March, Main said, and UrbanPromise worked to make sure each of its students had laptops, an that they had internet access at home.