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Yanlexis hired as intern at Urban Promise!

Yanlexis Arizaga started the Hopeworks program because she was highly motivated to find work. Being her mother’s right hand woman, she felt the pressure as the oldest daughter in a Hispanic household to support her family both inside and outside of the house. Yanlexis also grew up in a home where she worried about the physical and emotional safety of …

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Mentoring inspires Tony Burruano

It has been a whirlwind!  On May 18th I raised my hand to volunteer at a Hopeworks function and on June 2nd I was at a 3 hour training/orientation at Hopeworks. On June 28th I was introduced to my mentee, Angel.  I had no idea what it would be like. Could I really make a difference?  Would Angel even like …

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Camden’s Fall 2017 Hackathon Brings More Code to Camden!

Continuing the tradition of Hopeworks Fall Camden Code Days, youth and volunteers from across the region gathered on the Campus of Rutgers Camden on October 28th to learn about Code and technology. Thanks to the work of volunteers from Subaru, Starbucks, mobiWebcom, Techgirlz, and many others, youth learned not only about the how of coding and technology, but also the …

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Hopeworks Youth Selected as TechServ Scholars

Five Hopeworks youth were selected as TechServ Scholars and began their year of service this fall. TechServ Scholars is a program that is operated by JEVS Human Services in partnership with AmeriCorps, Hopeworks, and local public schools. The youth will be placed in Philadelphia and Camden schools to provide digital literacy training and STEM education to students.  This full time …

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Hopeworks Named a National Tech Impact AllStar!

Hopeworks is proud to have been named one of five national 2017 Tech Impact AllStars by NationSwell and Comcast/NBC Universal! Recognizing that technology is at the forefront of solutions in almost every major sector, NationSwell, together with Comcast NBCUniversal, is on a mission to find the innovators behind new solutions and help them move the needle forward. Hopeworks, along with 4 …

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My Life is Finally on Track!

Hello, my name is Joe Owen and my story goes like this… I came stumbling into Hopeworks with hair down to my shoulders, basketball shorts on, and feeling frustrated and fed up with working manual labor jobs.  I started the training in March and completed it in just two months.  In my short time with the program, Hopeworks helped me …

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Cooper Health Careers Initiative at HopeWorks

Cooper Health Careers Initiative (CHCI) is a new program in partnership with several local organizations that was designed to help Camden residents interested in health care to learn valuable skills as a medical coders. CHCI will provide participants with access to pre-training support and coaching to complete a certification program in medical coding offered by Camden County College. Hopeworks will …

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Luis Turns Disappointment into Achievement!

Luis Calderon came to Hopeworks after receiving the disappointing news that he was not going to graduate high school.  He struggled a lot throughout high school but it was never because of academic challenges.  He had trouble showing up in the midst of the difficulties that were going on at home.  He was devastated when he learned just three weeks …

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August Event Attracts Old and New Alumni to Learn and Network

The Hopeworks Alumni Beacon Board hosted their second successful event on August 12th at Rutgers University – Camden. The event was an informative session about how to create and run your own business – a topic of interest requested by many alumni! Hopeworks was fortunate to host Andrea Jack, MAFM, CEO, D&P Financial Services; Taria Avery, CEO, Avery’s Pet Styling; …

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Summer Jobs Take Off

Hopeworks ‘N Camden Summer Job Program is back in full swing. Each job is comprised of a project that promotes social or environmental awareness, while building responsibility, teamwork, and professionalism in our youth. Our four ongoing projects are: Youth Healing Team The Youth Healing Team Summer Project provides an opportunity for a team of Hopeworks youth to strengthen and master …