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Professional Mentors Make a Difference for Interns

Brad Aronson, Hopeworks Board Member and entrepreneurial leader, has been volunteering and providing professional coaching to interns in the GIS department.  According to Brad, “In our coaching sessions we talk about and practice a wide range of skills from networking with tech professionals, to interviewing, to excelling on the job. The majority of the discussions are driven by whatever is …

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The Very Model of a Modern Major AHA Moment

Like pretty much everyone else in the world right now, I have been obsessed with Hamilton for about a year. On about my thousandth listen of the song “Right Hand Man”, which introduces General Washington, I noticed a line that tugged at my brain. Washington says “Now I’m the model of a modern major general The venerated Virginian veteran whose …

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It’s As Simple As Following the Manual… Or Is It?

How implementing trauma Informed care is like building an IKEA shelf. I just moved across the country to the Philadelphia area to start working as an Americorp VISTA in Camden, New Jersey. I am working with the Healing 10 collaboration to bring a trauma informed paradigm to Camden, arguably one of the most traumatized cities in the US. At the …

Code Day

Camdens 3rd Hackathon is Coming! On October 15, Hopeworks, along with its community partners, will host Camden’s third Hackathon and Code Day at the Waterfront Technology Center in Camden, NJ. Participants from 6-99 will learn about basic, intermediate and advanced coding from industry experts and people working in the field! Topics include github, javascript, the inner workings of a computer, …

Tech Talks

Hopeworks Brings Free Tech Talks to Camden!   Is your website effective?     Is it attractive?  Up to date?  Is it responsive, mobile ready, and inclusive? Do you know the answers to these questions?  Most business and nonprofit leaders don’t. Hopeworks is looking to change that.  Beginning in September, Hopeworks is beginning its monthly “Tech Talks” series, sharing our …

Youth Healing Team

Youth Healing Team Newsletter Article   The Hopeworks Youth Healing Team is a group of hardworking and empathetic teens motivated to help change the trajectory for youth like themselves by helping others understand and operate using a trauma informed framework.  Since 2014, the Youth Healing Team has trained 900 people in more than 30 different sessions. Their biggest client is …

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Youth Story – George

George Hernandez Enrolls in Rowan University George Hernandez is one of over ten youth who recently re-enrolled in college after having been out of school for some time.  He originally learned about Hopeworks through an ad that was posted on Craigslist in February of 2016.  When he first came to Hopeworks, he already had an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design …

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Hopeworks Welcomes New Jesuit Volunteer Corp Member!

Hello! My name is Lily Rorick. I graduated last spring from Gonzaga University, where I double-majored in Psychology and Political Science. After graduating, I joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and moved from Seattle to Camden to join the team at Hopeworks.  I will spend the next year living in Camden with five other volunteers, each of whom are serving at …

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Hopeworks Youth Present Important Story Maps to HUD Officials

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, Hopeworks youth were presented with a challenge during the National Day of Civic Hacking. Could they use publicly available data to create tools that would allow Camden’s residents to truly analyze the progress of their city, particularly under the new Promise Zone Initiative?  Through the Initiative, the Federal government will work strategically with local leaders …