Find out how to give a day of PEACE...

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Forty-eight homicides so far this year, aggravated assault is up 45-percent! This month Camden was named the second most dangerous city in the United States.

These statistics send a clear message that something needs to change. Vulnerable children must get off the streets between 3:00-6:00 p.m.

That's why I am excited about Albert Vega's vision for a new UrbanPromise AfterSchool Program in North Camden.

Albert grew up in North Camden, attended our AfterSchool Program, worked as a teen leader and graduated from Eastern University on an UrbanPromise scholarship. He embodies the UrbanPromise vision.

camp_joy_2This past September Albert and his team created a safe place for North Camden's children by opening Camp Joy in an old church building. Even with sparse supplies, no vehicle and a borrowed classroom, the team is establishing a refuge for neighborhood kids. What Albert's team lacks in provisions, they make up for in passion and vision.

At this year's end, I need you to follow Albert's lead and do something special for the children of Camden. I need you to buy a day of peace for the children at Camp Joy.

"How does one buy a day of peace?" you ask.

It's simple. Each day a child or teen enters a place of peace-a sacred place that provides safety from bullies, gangs, and peer pressure-at one of UrbanPromise's programs.

I need to provide 365 days of peace to 30 children who attend Camp Joy. Here's what it costs us: $1 to offer a day of peace for one child in Albert's after school program. Make a gift of $30 and provide a month of peace. Or perhaps you can provide two months for $60-or maybe an entire year for $360.

And here's the best part, we have a generous donor that is offering a dollar-for-dollar match through December 31, 2011. You give a dollar and UrbanPromise receives two dollars!

DONATE NOW: http://upusa.servicenetwork.com/Display.asp?Page=peace&adcode=A1211C

As we sing “Peace on Earth” this Christmas season, let’s remember that we can honor the Prince of Peace—Jesus Christ—by creating peace for Camden youth year-round.

Blessings to you and your family this holiday season,

Dr. Bruce Main
President