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Jodina Hicks & Bruce Main Executive Director and Founder / Pres.

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 640 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, 145 individuals volunteer at UrbanPromise in a variety of capacities. We also host around 850 annual volunteers who participate in Saturday and week-long WorkGroup activities.

Charles Tillman, the Chicago Bear’s extraordinary cornerback, received the Walter Payton Man of Year Award tonight—a highly prestigious award that recognizes an NFL player for the charitable and community work he does off the field.  This national recognition was especially meaningful for the UrbanPromise community.