UrbanPromise Canoeing Event to Create Jobs for Camden Teens, Fund Summer Programs for Urban Youth

CAMDEN, N.J. – UrbanPromise will host its first “Paddle for Promise” event, a 50-mile canoeing trip down the Delaware River, from Trenton, N.J., to Wilmington, Del., June 28-29, to help fund summer jobs for teens in Camden and summer camp programs for children in Trenton and Wilmington.  The Camden-based youth development organization will partner with its sister organizations, UrbanPromise Trenton and UrbanPromise Wilmington, to host this event that will benefit programs in all three cities – and potentially impact nearly 1,000 children in the Delaware Valley this summer.

Twenty volunteer paddlers will make the trip on two 45-foot outrigger canoes over the course of the two days.  Volunteers from the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association and Philadelphia Police Dragon Boat Team will participate alongside UrbanPromise volunteers and staff, including UrbanPromise President and Founder Bruce Main, Wilmington Executive Director Rob Prestowitz and Trenton Executive Director Carl Clark.  The teams for each city have set fundraising goals and will receive pledges online

“We’re looking forward to paddling 50 miles to raise funds to hire 50 teens in Camden this summer as camp counselors,” Dr. Main said.  “Jobs are critical for our teens, especially in a city with few employment opportunities for young people.  We’re also pleased to be working with our affiliates in Trenton and Wilmington to help support their summer programs, which are offered at no cost to children living in some of our toughest neighborhoods.”

Paddlers will cover the first 28 miles from Trenton to Camden on Friday, June 28, and the remaining 24 miles from Camden to Wilmington on Saturday, June 29.  A kick-off breakfast will be held in Trenton on June 28 at 7:00 a.m. to see the paddlers off; a halfway point reception will be held on the Camden waterfront as the boats pull in later that day at 1:00 p.m.; and a finish line celebration will be held in Wilmington on June 29 at 1:00 p.m. (Exact locations on the riverfront for all activities to be announced.)

UrbanPromise is a non-profit organization dedicated to equipping children in under-resourced communities for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and leadership.  It does this through summer camps, after-school programs, schools, job training, experiential learning, and a host of other enrichment activities and programs. 

UrbanPromise’s summer camps run for six weeks and provide children with fun, educational, age-appropriate activities such as field trips, arts and crafts, songs, skits, and recreation.  Teens are also hired as camp counselors, or “StreetLeaders,” and receive job training and a stipend. 

“In the 25 years since we’ve been operating, UrbanPromise has been an important part of summer for thousands of young people,” Dr. Bruce Main said.  “Our hope is that this event will be something the community will get excited about supporting -- especially since so many local children stand to benefit.”

For more information, please contact:

Marilu Del Toro, Paddle for Promise Coordinator 
Call: (305) 562-6289
Email: mdeltoro@urbanpromiseusa.org
Website: www.urbanpromiseusa.org/news-events/paddle-promise