June 25, 2012
By Lucas Murray
CAMDEN — A Christian outreach whose mission is to equip Camden’s children with academic and life skills is the recipient of dozens of computers from the federal government with the hopes of furthering that mission.
More than 40 desktop and laptop computers are being provided to the group by the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation division out of its Newark Field Office.
“As federal law enforcement officers, our main mission is to protect the citizens of our country,” said Special Agent in Charge Victor W. Lessoff. “Being able to donate these computers is very gratifying as we know they will be used as an investment in the educational and social experience for future leaders of our country.”
About 600 children and teens are part of UrbanPromise programs. The group involves city teenagers as StreetLeaders in tutoring, mentoring and coaching younger kids in the community. UrbanPromise sees involving teens in the leadership process as a way to create young visionary leaders intent on changing their communities.
Jodina Hicks, UrbanPromise Executive Director said currently some of the computers at the group’s sites do not function properly.
“Due to this generous gift, children in our schools and after school programs throughout Camden will be better equipped to study, do research and further their learning about the world,” Hicks said.
Officials said the computers were used in IRS investigations. Their hard drives were wiped clean prior to delivery to UrbanPromise.