For the third year in a row, TD Bank Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank® provided a grant to UrbanPromise Ministries in Camden, New Jersey to support youth employment and education.
This year, more than 100 teens, called StreetLeaders, will be hired this year to provide mentoring and educational support to younger children in six neighborhood-based after school programs and eight summer camps throughout Camden. With the support of StreetLeaders, UrbanPromise is able to provide free after school and summer camp programs for approximately 500 children every year. Participants are engaged in a variety of activities that support their academic, physical, and social development. UrbanPromise’s programs are known for their high-energy, creative, and engaging approach to youth development.
StreetLeaders also receive mentoring, tutoring, and support with college preparation. As a result, 100% of high school students graduate and 93% go on to post-secondary education with the majority attending 4-year colleges and universities, statistics that are staggering compared to those of the city of Camden where 61.7% of persons over age 25 have graduated from high school and only 7.6% have attained a bachelor's degree.
Now entering his senior year in one of Camden’s high schools, Zuriel has been working as a StreetLeader since June of 2014. When asked what he likes about the program, Zuriel emphasized UrbanPromise’s community-focused approach, the great friendships he’s developed, discovering the unique talents of the younger children he works with, and the mentoring he receives from staff. Zuriel explained, “when I have a problem or something I’m dealing with, I can go to people at UrbanPromise and they give me great advice.” Zuriel was happy to report that his grades are improving with the help he’s received at UrbanPromise; while he was previously failing in Math, he now receives C’s and some A’s and B’s. Zuriel plans to attend a Barber school in Philadelphia next year.
A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the TD Bank philosophy. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank® and the TD Charitable Foundation provide support to affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and environmental initiatives, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.
About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates as TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and is one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation's mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operates, having made more than $138.8 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The Foundation’s areas of focus are affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com.
About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®
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