Camden, NJ – UrbanPromise has announced that the TD Charitable Foundation has awarded $10,000 to the nonprofit for its StreetLeader teen job training and college prep program. This is UrbanPromise’s second award from the Foundation. TD Bank has supported UrbanPromise’s efforts in the city of Camden since 2009.
The grant will support UrbanPromise’s hiring of Camden teens during the 2013-2014 summer and academic year. A job training, education, and leadership development program, the StreetLeader program seeks to empower teens to be leaders and decision makers within their own community and beyond. StreetLeaders work in UrbanPromise’s neighborhood-based after-school programs and summer camps as teachers and mentors to the younger children in their communities.
In addition to providing employment, the program will offer 80-100 teens with access to extended learning and college preparation components, including: weekly tutoring; SAT and ACT classes; college tours; college application and FAFSA assistance; a scholarship program; and the Senior Seminar, a set of evening classes that help prepare seniors for the transition to college. The program’s focus on achievement has led to a 100% graduation rate and 93% college acceptance and attendance rate.
TD Bank is committed to making a meaningful and positive contribution to the individuals, families, businesses and communities within the company’s marketplace. TD employees serve on boards, work with neighborhood groups, and donate thousands of hours of volunteer time to numerous civic and non-profit organizations. This community spirit and involvement embodies the very core of TD’s corporate citizenship philosophy. For more information, please visit www.tdbank.com/community.
UrbanPromise is a youth development nonprofit located in Camden, NJ that serves 600 youth throughout the city each year. Its mission is to equip Camden children and teens with skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and leadership. Through neighborhood-based after-school programs and summer camps, two private schools (K-8; 9-12), experiential learning and boat building, job training, and a host of other programs, UrbanPromise challenges the youth it serves to develop and realize their potential. For more information, please visit www.urbanpromiseusa.org.