Our Vision. Our Mission.
Our Action.

With a focus on education, technology, and entrepreneurship, Hopeworks provides a positive, healing atmosphere that propels young people to build strong futures and break the cycle of violence and poverty in Camden, New Jersey.

We connect youth to life-changing opportunities where their growing technology skills go to work for enterprising businesses within our community. The real-world, on-the-job experience they gain raises their potential and benefits our partners.

Our History

Some of Hopeworks' proudest
achievements

SJ Nonprofit Organization of the Year
<2017>

SJ Nonprofit Organization of the Year

Nonprofit Development Center of Southern NJ
Dannyelle Austin appointed to the board of the Samuel S. Fels Fund
<2018>

Dannyelle Austin appointed to the board of the Samuel S. Fels Fund

Samuel S. Fels Fund
Dan Rhoton received the “Seek the Power of Different” award
<2018>

Dan Rhoton received the “Seek the Power of Different” award

Campbell's Soup
Annual Scattergood Foundation Innovation Award
<2017>

Annual Scattergood Foundation Innovation Award

Scattergood Foundation
Tech Impact AllStar
<2017>

Tech Impact AllStar

Comcast Universal and NBCUniversal
Nonprofit Organization of the Year
<2016>

Nonprofit Organization of the Year

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
10,000 Small Businesses Alumni
<2016>

10,000 Small Businesses Alumni

Goldman Sachs

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Two More Hopeworks Alumni Begin Work at American Water
August 20, 2019

Two More Hopeworks Alumni Begin Work at American Water

Two more Hopeworks alumni -- Pabel Arizaga and Chris Newbill -- are continuing their professional journey with full time positions at American Water, right here in Camden! After serving time in...

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Marcel presents at the National TIS Workforce conference
August 20, 2019

Marcel presents at the National TIS Workforce conference

Sitting alongside the head of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, the leader of PowerCorps PHL, and presenting to a room full of national leaders in the infrastructure industry,...

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Javon and Nilviani start at PHL Collective!
August 19, 2019

Javon and Nilviani start at PHL Collective!

Two more Hopeworks youth have begun their work at a local tech company.  Javon and Nilviani were excited to begin their work as Video Game Testers at PHL Collective this month! Javon came...

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Staff Updates and Introductions!
July 23, 2019

Staff Updates and Introductions!

Congratulations to Taylor Davis on moving in to the role of College Success Coach, supporting Hopeworks youth as they navigate the college enrollment process and supporting their academic...

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Semaj Joins the Web Team!
July 23, 2019

Semaj Joins the Web Team!

Another job was earned this month by Semaj Sullivan who began interning in the Hopeworks Web department. Semaj came to Hopeworks as a high school student in December 2018. Spending his after school...

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Our Staff

Dan Rhoton

Dan Rhoton

Executive Director
Valerie Buickerood

Valerie Buickerood

Director of Engagement & Communications
Dannyelle Austin

Dannyelle Austin

Director of Operations & Youth Development
Luis Olivieri

Luis Olivieri

GIS Director
Jay Jackson

Jay Jackson

Master Coach
Jeniya Webbs

Jeniya Webbs

Development Associate
Billimarie Lubiano Robinson

Billimarie Lubiano Robinson

Director of Web Development
Annie Rose Webb

Annie Rose Webb

Web Development Director
Kate Daughtery

Kate Daughtery

Community Impact Director
Triana Martinez

Triana Martinez

Assistant Director of Life Readiness
Carol Dann

Carol Dann

Adult Basic Skills Program Manager
Erich Smith

Erich Smith

Training Room Manager
Kadeem Pratt

Kadeem Pratt

GIS Team Manager
Nicole Olivieri

Nicole Olivieri

CRIB Manager
Shawneeq Pettey-Ford

Shawneeq Pettey-Ford

Adult Basic Skills Instructor
Nicola Hampton

Nicola Hampton

Director of Administration
Taylor Davis

Taylor Davis

Academic Success Coach
Dan Krause

Dan Krause

Business Development

Board of Directors

President:

Brad Aronson

Angel Investor

Vice President:

Marlene L. Olshan

CEO, Vetri Community Partnership

Treasurer:

TJ Lynch

Senior Vice President of Finance and Marketing, NFI Industries

Members:

Josh Angotti

Executive Director, Video Product Management at Comcast Corporation

Christina Mattison

President & CEO, Mattison Advisors LLC  

Daniel Rhynhart

Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Brian Simmermon

CIO, Subaru of America

Yesenia Veysman

Analyst Operations Solutions & Standards, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Hopeworks alumni

Lakshmi Stockham

 Sr. Vice President, TD Bank

Emeritus:

Dr. Sandra Bloom

Co-Director at Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, School of Public Health, Drexel University

Annual Reports

Learn about the impact we’ve made during another successful year at Hopeworks.

Impact Report Financial Report 990 (2017) 990 (2016)