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

Featured Posts

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Kayana is firmly on her chosen career path!
November 25, 2020

Kayana is firmly on her chosen career path!

When I first found out about Hopeworks I was a sophomore in college. My friend, who was a GIS intern at the time, recommended Hopeworks since I needed an internship and more experience in my field...

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Acasha finds a safe space and an internship opportunity.
November 25, 2020

Acasha finds a safe space and an internship opportunity.

Acasha  was in her second year as a Bio-Chem major at Rowan University when she realized she was suffering from depression and anxiety. Her mental health was negatively impacting her grades and she...

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Medical Assistants Graduate!
November 25, 2020

Medical Assistants Graduate!

On Thursday, November 19, 2020, Hopeworks joined our partners at Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors, Camden City School District, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, the Hill...

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Nina Shares Her Pride in Becoming a GIS Intern
October 27, 2020

Nina Shares Her Pride in Becoming a GIS Intern

Nina Mercado was skeptical when she came to Hopeworks. Having struggled with so many barriers, she found it hard to believe in herself. With support from the Hopeworks team, Nina is proud of her...

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5 Small Businesses are awarded $14,000 at the Hopeworks Virtual Pitch Competition!
October 26, 2020

5 Small Businesses are awarded $14,000 at the Hopeworks Virtual Pitch Competition!

Thanks to our sponsor, Rick Forman, and other donors, Hopeworks was able to award $14,000 on October 24th to 6 entrepreneurs to grow their 5 small businesses! Trainees, interns, and Hopeworks...

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Our Staff

Deborah Grandinetti

Deborah Grandinetti

College Success Coach - Langan Scholars
Onna Jones

Onna Jones

Resource Navigator
Alia  Sutton-Bey

Alia Sutton-Bey

Director of Operations & Youth Development
Annie Rose Webb

Annie Rose Webb

Web Development Director
Carol Dann

Carol Dann

Adult Basic Skills Curriculum Manager
Dan Krause

Dan Krause

Business Development
Dan Rhoton

Dan Rhoton

Executive Director
Donshae Joyner

Donshae Joyner

CRIB Manager
Erich Smith

Erich Smith

Training Room Manager
Esteban Romero

Esteban Romero

GIS Coordinator
Eugene Principato

Eugene Principato

Business Development Coach
Jay Jackson

Jay Jackson

Director of Career Partnerships
Kate Daughtery

Kate Daughtery

Community Impact Director
Lauren Vaughann

Lauren Vaughann

Career Readiness Coach
Lawrence Burden

Lawrence Burden

Assistant Director of Career Readiness
LeAundra McCullough

LeAundra McCullough

GIS Lead
Luis Olivieri

Luis Olivieri

GIS Director
Nicola Hampton

Nicola Hampton

Director of Administration
Paul Caris

Paul Caris

GIS Sr. Manager
Shawneeq Pettey-Ford

Shawneeq Pettey-Ford

Adult Basic Skills Program Manager
Taylor Davis

Taylor Davis

College Success Coach
Tina Anino

Tina Anino

Career Readiness Coach
Valerie Buickerood

Valerie Buickerood

Director of Engagement & Communications

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, Advanced Call Center Technologies
Rick Myers Vice President of Customer Support & Customer Success, Linode
Lakshmi StockhamSr. Vice President, Retail Product Development, TD Bank
Will Toms Chief Creative Officer, REC
Caloua Zhane Digital Marketer/Graphic Design Entrepreneur & 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 2020 Impact Report 2019 Financial Report 990 (2019-18) 990 (2017)