Hopeworks ‘N Camden uses education, technology and entrepreneurship to partner with young men and women as they identify and earn a sustainable future.
Hopeworks ‘N Camden is a nonprofit that has been working for over 16 years with Camden youth. Utilizing an advanced training curriculum in website design/development, GIS and Salesforce, Hopeworks works with African American and Latino youth ages 14 to 25 y to get back in school, earn permanent jobs, and achieve their dreams. As part of its training program, Hopeworks runs four businesses that help to generate over 50 jobs for youth who complete the training.
Hopeworks believes that without addressing the unresolved traumatic issues in youths’ lives – especially as they manifest in habitual patterns of protection, i.e. disengagement, disconnected emotional state, anger, emotional disruptions, etc.- they will not be able to take full advantage of the opportunities in their lives. Rather than working to create new opportunities and hoping that there are youth who can succeed in them, Hopeworks works on creating individuals who will be able to take advantage of new opportunities.
Beyond the technology training and job opportunities, Hopeworks also addresses housing, education and personal development of youth. A full time Life Readiness Director works in partnership with new trainees to help them prepare individual Personal Development Plans. He then meets weekly with each individual to review progress and hold them accountable. The full-time Academic Success Director helps the youth get back on track with daily one-on-one instruction. This has the dual effect of boosting confidence and bringing people quickly to a literacy level that enables them to benefit from the full range of Hopeworks programs. For students who are still in school, the Literacy Program helps them develop the tools and attitude they need to stay in school and includes preparation for college admission tests.