February 8, 2019 – Camden, NJ – The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, donated a total of $7,500 to UrbanPromise Ministries in Camden as part of the foundation’s commitment to giving back to the community.
The grant benefits the StreetLeader program, which provides local teens with educational support, mentoring, and early work experience. Each year, more than 80 StreetLeaders work in UrbanPromise’s neighborhood-based after school programs and summer camps as camp counselors and mentors to more than 450 younger children in their communities. In addition to providing employment, the program offers extended learning and college preparation components to prepare StreetLeaders to transition into college. As a result, 100% of seniors graduate and 94% transition to college or an advanced training program, statistics that far exceed those of the City of Camden where the graduation rates in recent years range from 60% to 70% and 8.2% of residents over age 25 have attained a bachelors degree.
UrbanPromise aims to make a meaningful impact on the lives of young people by providing long-term engagement. Tam Do (pictured top left) was a kindergartener when he started attending UrbanPromise’s after school and summer camp programs. He attended through his elementary and middle school years until he transitioned into the StreetLeader program in 2009. Tam reflects that he enjoyed having people to look up to aside from family members and credits UrbanPromise for helping him come out of his shell and molding his personality.
Tam graduated and enrolled at Eastern University where he studied finance and accounting. With his sights on the financial sector and after a successful pursuit of a job in that field, Tam made an unexpected shift. He shared, “I had an interview with a really reputable company out on the Main Line for a financial advisory position. Near the end of my second interview with the company’s vice president, he wanted to see the financial plan I had prepared. I told him I wanted to reinvest in Camden. I had built a financial plan designed specifically for the kind of folks that live in the city, with a focus on college-savings. He looked at it. And then he looked at me. ‘There’s not a lot a wealth in Camden,’ he said, ‘I’m sorry. But if you want come back with another plan, we can talk.’ I made that second plan and was offered the job, but I turned it down.”
Tam turned down positions in the lucrative financial field. Instead, He accepted at job at UrbanPromise as a StreetLeader Director to make a meaningful difference in the lives of youth in Camden. Tam admits, “I wasn’t fully prepared. Within my first few days, I got a text saying that one of our kids was in trouble - a suicide attempt. I had never seen this side of UrbanPromise. As a high school student, I thought it was just about SAT prep and getting us ready for college. I knew that the grown-ups cared about us, but I didn’t fully realize the magnitude of the relational piece.”
Tam embodies the value that UrbanPromise holds; to equip Camden youth as the next generation of community leaders. “We stay in Camden not because we can’t get out,” Tam points out, “but because it is our home, and there is work to be done right here.” With support from partners like the TD Charitable Foundation, UrbanPromise is proud to serve youth in Camden and to employ Tam and several other alumni.
This contribution supports TD's longstanding commitment to community enrichment through its newly launched Ready Commitment, a multi-year platform that actively promotes inclusivity, economic vitality, environmental wellbeing and health, enabling people of all backgrounds to succeed in a rapidly changing world. As part of The Ready Commitment, TD targets CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four critical areas: Financial Security, a more Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through this platform, TD aspires to create a more inclusive tomorrow -- helping people of all backgrounds feel more confident, not just about their finances, but about their ability to achieve their goals. For information, visit td.com/thereadycommitment.
About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, one of the sixth largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has distributed more than $199 million and 19,400 grants through donations to local nonprofits from Maine to Florida. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including the online grant application, is available at TDBank.com
About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®
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