Local Corporations canoe 50 miles down the Delaware River to raise money for Camden teen summer jobs

CAMDEN, N.J. – UrbanPromise will host its second annual “Paddle for Promise” event, a 50-mile canoeing trip down the Delaware River, from Trenton, N.J., to Wilmington, Del., July 1-2, with the goal to raise $100,000 to help fund summer jobs for teens in Camden.  The Camden-based youth development organization will partner with its sister organizations, UrbanPromise Trenton and UrbanPromise Wilmington, to host this event that will benefit programs in all three cities – and potentially impact nearly 1,000 children in the Delaware Valley this summer.

Local corporations (Holman Automotive, ARI, and UBS) and UrbanPromise staff and youth will paddle to raise money to fund summer jobs for teens that work at UrbanPromise’s after-school programs and summer camps. Teens are employed through UrbanPromise’s StreetLeader Program, which is one of most impactful programs offered.

The seventy-five volunteer paddlers will make the trip on six 45-foot outrigger canoes over the course of the two days.  Volunteers from the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association and Philadelphia Police Dragon Boat Team will participate alongside UrbanPromise volunteers and staff, including UrbanPromise President and Founder Bruce Main, and Camden Executive Director Jodina Hicks. 

“We’re looking forward to paddling 50 miles to raise funds to hire 90 teens in Camden this summer as camp counselors,” Dr. Main said.  “Jobs are critical for our teens, especially in a city with few employment opportunities for young people.  We’re also pleased to be working with our affiliates in Trenton and Wilmington to help support their summer programs, which are offered at no cost to children living in some of our toughest neighborhoods.”

Paddlers will cover the first 28 miles from Trenton to Camden on Tuesday, July 1, and the remaining 24 miles from Camden to Wilmington on Wednesday, July 2.  A kick-off breakfast will be held in Trenton on July 1 at 6:00 a.m. to see the paddlers off; a halfway point reception will be held on the Camden waterfront as the boats pull in later that day at 12:00 p.m.; and a finish line celebration will be held in Wilmington on July 2 at 1:00 p.m.



EVENT DETAILS:



Trenton: Launch

Tuesday, July 1, 6:00 AM

, Ross Marine, 2445 Lamberton Rd, Trenton, NJ 08611



Camden: Halfway Point Reception
Tuesday, July 1, 12:00 PM, Wiggins Park Marina, Dr Martin Luther King Blvd, Camden, NJ 08103



Wilmington: Finish Line Celebration

Wednesday, July 2, 1:00 p.m., Wilmington Youth Rowing Association, 500 East Front Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

UrbanPromise is a non-profit organization dedicated to equipping children in under-resourced communities for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and leadership.  It does this through summer camps, after-school programs, schools, job training, experiential learning, and a host of other enrichment activities and programs.

UrbanPromise’s summer camps run for six weeks and provide children with fun, educational, age-appropriate activities such as field trips, arts and crafts, songs, skits, and recreation.  Teens are also hired as camp counselors, or “StreetLeaders,” and receive job training and a stipend.

UrbanPromise’s summer camps run for six weeks and provide children with fun, educational, age-appropriate activities such as field trips, arts and crafts, songs, skits, and recreation.  Teens are also hired as camp counselors, or “StreetLeaders,” and receive job training and a stipend.