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Thank You for Making Hope Work!

Often, in our work at Hopeworks, we talk about how we are amazed by the resilience, strength and accomplishments of our young people.  Everyday, we share amazing stories of youth changing their lives, landing dream jobs, and making their communities a better place.  These stories, quite rightfully, inspire all of us at Hopeworks to do more and work harder. Too …

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Justin Connor Earns Full-Time Job at Camden Coalition

Hopeworks is proud to share that Justin Connor, certified Salesforce administrator, has earned a full time job at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, joining several other Hopeworks alumni in helping Camden heal and grow. As the new Database Assistant within the Strategy and Information Department, he will be responsible for helping implement Salesforce for the Coalition. He will begin …

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Hopeworks Launches a Successful GIS Day

On December 13, 2017, the GIS Program at Hopeworks celebrated Camden’s First Ever GIS Day at Rutgers University Camden. GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, is a technology widely used to evaluate and solve problems, and make better decisions. GIS is used in many areas including business, emergency management, crime prevention, environmental management and many others. If you ask Luis Olivieri, …

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High Praise for our Web Design Business

Because there is always so much to share about our youth at Hopeworks, it is easy to forget to highlight our three thriving businesses that provide nearly ⅓ of the revenue to fund all of Hopeworks’ good work. When our trainees finish their training, we hire many of them on as Hopeworks interns in either our Web Design team, Geographic …

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George Hernandez Joins Hopeworks as Alumni Coordinator

Hopeworks is excited to announce the appointment of George Hernandez as Hopeworks new Alumni Coordinator, building and coordinating Hopeworks alumni network to make sure all of Hopeworks youth — past and present — have access to the tools they need to achieve their dreams! George is exceptionally well suited to the role.  As a Hopeworks alumni himself, George has completed …

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Sekinah Lands a Job at Penji Inc.

What an exciting month it has been here at Hopeworks! Former Web Design Intern, Sekinah Brodie, was hired full-time as a Marketing Assistant with Penji, an exciting new, on-demand design firm based right here in Camden. Sekinah came to Hopeworks with the goal of finding meaningful employment in her desired field, and we are happy to announce that her goal …

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Yanlexis hired as intern at Urban Promise!

Yanlexis Arizaga started the Hopeworks program because she was highly motivated to find work. Being her mother’s right hand woman, she felt the pressure as the oldest daughter in a Hispanic household to support her family both inside and outside of the house. Yanlexis also grew up in a home where she worried about the physical and emotional safety of …

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Mentoring inspires Tony Burruano

It has been a whirlwind!  On May 18th I raised my hand to volunteer at a Hopeworks function and on June 2nd I was at a 3 hour training/orientation at Hopeworks. On June 28th I was introduced to my mentee, Angel.  I had no idea what it would be like. Could I really make a difference?  Would Angel even like …

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Camden’s Fall 2017 Hackathon Brings More Code to Camden!

Continuing the tradition of Hopeworks Fall Camden Code Days, youth and volunteers from across the region gathered on the Campus of Rutgers Camden on October 28th to learn about Code and technology. Thanks to the work of volunteers from Subaru, Starbucks, mobiWebcom, Techgirlz, and many others, youth learned not only about the how of coding and technology, but also the …

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Hopeworks Youth Selected as TechServ Scholars

Five Hopeworks youth were selected as TechServ Scholars and began their year of service this fall. TechServ Scholars is a program that is operated by JEVS Human Services in partnership with AmeriCorps, Hopeworks, and local public schools. The youth will be placed in Philadelphia and Camden schools to provide digital literacy training and STEM education to students.  This full time …