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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Hopeworks Web Partners With Girl Develop It’s UP Program
June 19, 2019

Hopeworks Web Partners With Girl Develop It’s UP Program

This month, Hopeworks Web Associate Hien Nguyen began giving back to the community with her new skills by volunteering with Girl Develop It’s Up Program to teach web development to incarcerated...

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TwoTwo Creative hires Eternity Riley as graphic designer!
June 19, 2019

TwoTwo Creative hires Eternity Riley as graphic designer!

Eternity Riley came to Hopeworks in the Fall of 2018 and quickly mastered the training.  With an eye for graphic design and the skills to match, she joined the Hopeworks Communications team in...

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Javon and Jahmir Get Ready to Move on to Internships
June 18, 2019

Javon and Jahmir Get Ready to Move on to Internships

Two recent Hopeworks trainees, Javon and Jahmir, are ready to move on to paid internships at Hopeworks, crediting the work in the training room -- and the training stipends -- for helping them get...

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STEM Conference Website Conference
May 15, 2019

STEM Conference Website Conference

To kick off Philly Tech Week, the Women of The Dream, a mentoring organization for young girls in Camden, NJ  hosted its annual STEM conference at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Along with...

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Alumna Speaking on Diversity in the Workplace
May 15, 2019

Alumna Speaking on Diversity in the Workplace

During this year's Philly Tech Week, several Hopeworks alumna were present and sat as panelists for Technical.ly’s “Introduced”  event. “Entering the Tech Field: Diversity in the Workplace...

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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
Chris Newbill

Chris Newbill

GIS Technician
Kate Daughtery

Kate Daughtery

Community Impact Director
Triana Martinez

Triana Martinez

Assistant Director of Life Readiness
Lillian Rorick

Lillian Rorick

Life Readiness Coach
Carol Dann

Carol Dann

Adult Basic Skills Program 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
Patrick Kennelly

Patrick Kennelly

Life Readiness Jesuit Volunteer
Alec Cassel

Alec Cassel

De Sales Volunteer
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

Secretary:
Kathleen Duffy
Early Literacy Specialist, Children’s Literacy Initiative

Members:
Josh Angotti
Executive Director, Video Product Management at Comcast Corporation

Kelly Grieco
Regional Director of Major & Planned Gifts at Springpoint Senior Living

Christina Mattison
President & CEO, Mattison Advisors LLC

Agata Reyes
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Destination Maternity

Daniel Rhynhart
Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Jeremy Sunkett
Vice President of Strategy, Elwyn

Brian Simmermon
CIO, Subaru of America

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

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)