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Andy Joshua

UrbanPromise Academy Principal

Andy Joshua was graduated from The College of William and Mary, where he received a BS in Physics, and from the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs, where he received an MS in International Security Policy. He is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Eastern University where he is studying Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Educational Leadership. As principal of the UrbanPromise Academy, he brings many years of experience and training, and a passion for the importance of a quality education in the lives of young people. His engaging and innovative approaches to urban youth ministry and education have been instrumental in the success of UrbanPromise teens and college students. Now in his 18th year with our organization, Andy has worked in a variety of capacities at UrbanPromise--as the children and youth ministry director, the StreetLeader director, a work crew coordinator, teacher, and coordinator of Christian development. Through his years of experience with urban youth, he has developed a voice for speaking on social justice issues, youth development, and effective methods for working with teens. Mr. Joshua lives in North Camden with his wife and three children.

The part of my job that I most enjoy is the opportunity to work with this amazing group of students who are learning and leading and thriving and trying new things and overcoming obstacles and growing up.  It is a real joy to be a part of that,” he explained. “Every day I get to be a part of seeing Camden’s and South Jersey’s and the U.S.’s next generation of leaders being born.