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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Allissa Connor is second Hopeworks Alumni to join the team at OpenForge!
February 24, 2021

Allissa Connor is second Hopeworks Alumni to join the team at OpenForge!

Allissa Connor came to Hopeworks after completing high school. She was interested in design and coding and watched her brother Justin succeed at achieving his goals and earn a job as a Salesforce...

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Jeriamyah Melendez joins the Hopeworks web team!
February 24, 2021

Jeriamyah Melendez joins the Hopeworks web team!

"Hi! My name is Jeriamyah, and I was referred to Hopeworks by my mentor at College Together. Until then, I never really had a solid plan for my future. I tried college, and then a few trade...

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Announcing the Grand Opening of the Burton R. Cohen Technology Center: A Resource for Hopeworks Alumni
February 23, 2021

Announcing the Grand Opening of the Burton R. Cohen Technology Center: A Resource for Hopeworks Alumni

COVID-19 may have presented many challenges but it also offered opportunity -- opportunity to learn what IS possible. What did we learn? We learned, that the young people who train and work...

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Kayla Wilson crafts an innovative internship to meet the needs of virtual trainees and interns!
January 24, 2021

Kayla Wilson crafts an innovative internship to meet the needs of virtual trainees and interns!

Hi! My name is Kayla Wilson and I came to Hopeworks on recommendation from another organization, called Valley Youth House. Originally, I came to Hopeworks to build my technical skills to grow my...

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Announcing Hopeworks Alumni Advisory Board!
January 24, 2021

Announcing Hopeworks Alumni Advisory Board!

“The idea was nothing new; it wasn’t as though no one had mentioned wanting to do this or something similar in the past. It just took enough willing young people to take the necessary steps to...

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Our Staff

Da’Shek Boone

Da’Shek Boone

Youth Training Specialist
Fred Harris

Fred Harris

Career Readiness Coach
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 Principal, Traversent Consulting

Treasurer:

TJ Lynch Senior Vice President of Finance and Marketing, NFI Industries

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

Caloua Lowe-Gonzalez, Creative Entrepreneur & Sr. Marketing Associate at Seer Interactive, Hopeworks Alumni

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

Mark Sarvary, Retired CEO and President

Lakshmi Stockham Sr. Vice President, Retail Product Development, TD Bank

Will Toms Chief Creative Officer, REC Philly

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)