CAMDEN, N.J., -- On Saturday morning, 10 teens will wake up early to visit the Abigail House for Nursing and Rehabilitation. As part of the UrbanPromise “StreetLeader” teen employment initiative, teens can engage in activities that stretch beyond the required educational and employment components and encourage character development and service. “They asked me for months if we could visit the nursing home,” said Sandy Newhall, StreetLeader Education Coordinator. “They’re genuinely excited to go.” Newhall has been organizing monthly service activities such as tree planting and Cooper river cleanup. Each month, 10-20 students wake up early on a Saturday morning to volunteer their time, giving back to Camden.
StreetLeaders made their first visit to the Abigail House in December, asking residents to join them for karaoke, cookies, and juice. The residents were excited to share their childhood memories and to know that the teens would return in January. “As we left, all of the students were excitedly talking about the new friends they made and looking forward to returning to see them again,” Newhall shared. In addition to the January visit, the StreetLeaders will visit on Saturday and again in March. “We hope that these visits will not only encourage the residents by reminding them that the youth of the city care about them, but will also remind the students how much wisdom and history the residents have to share with them,” Newhall explained.
In Camden, only 62.3% of persons age 25+ have graduated from high school, and only 7.2% have attained a bachelor’s degree. Unemployment hovers around 19%. One way that UrbanPromise seeks to address these challenges is through the StreetLeader program, providing focused training, employment, educational support, and extracurricular activities. As a result, 100% of UrbanPromise high school students graduate, and 93% go on to college—statistics that are staggering compared to those of their peers. UrbanPromise employs close to 100 teens in the city of Camden throughout the year and was able to expand their reach this year with a $10,000 grant from TD Charitable Foundation. “Because the StreetLeader program has been such a successful initiative for the past 20 years, we hope to increase our reach annually,” shared Andy Joshua, Director of Children and Youth Ministries. “The TD Charitable Foundation grant allowed us to open that door for more of Camden’s teens.”
When: Saturday, Febuary 8th, 9 am – 12 pm
Where: Abigail House for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 1105 Linden St, Camden, NJ 08102
What: Ten UrbanPromise teens will be painting nails and playing games with the residents.
Main contact: Sandy Newhall (UrbanPromise Education Coordinator) (856) 685-0285 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UrbanPromise is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing children and youth with the support they need to succeed academically, grow spiritually, and prepare for leadership that will bring positive change to their communities. This is accomplished through after-school programs, summer camps, job training, two schools, experiential learning, and a host of other enrichment activities. To learn more, please visit www.urbanpromiseusa.org.
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 $116.0 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.
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Creative Director, UrbanPromise