Jodina HicksExecutive Director

Since 1988...

...our mission at UrbanPromise has been to equip Camden's children and young adults with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and Christian leadership. We strive to fulfill this mission through after-school programs, summer camps, two schools, experiential learning, job training, and a host of other programs that challenge youth to develop and realize their potential.

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Through a myriad of neighborhood-based programs, UrbanPromise educates and empowers around 640 Camden children and teens each year.

Within each of our programs, our children and teens are encouraged to focus on their studies and achieve academically. Upon graduation, 93% go on to college.

At least once a month, 206 individuals volunteer at UrbanPromise in a variety of capacities. We also host over 1,000 annual volunteers who participate in Saturday and week-long WorkGroup activities.

A procession of UrbanPromise Academy students, local dignitaries,veterans, history buffs and others respectfully filed past rows of several dozen weathered gravestones of veterans to the beat of a single drum.


Some in the line stopped to lay poppies — a Memorial Day symbol — on the flat stones and to read what was legible. A few leaned down and wiped some of the markers with one hand in hopes of brushing away any remaining dust so they could decipher more of the engraved names, military connections and dates of birth or death of soldiers like Charles H. Brown of the 41st Regiment of Philadelphia and sailor Milton Dix, a USS Princeton crew member who died in 1894.