Hopeworks empowers youth to identify and develop their D.R.E.A.M.S. (Dynamic, Realizable Efforts to Attain and Maintain Success) and own their future.
We do this by enhancing the lives of inner-city Camden youth. We expand the learning opportunities available to them, point the way to a future full of hope, and work together to create that future. The heart of our program is technology training, which we provide in a safe, respectful, and celebratory atmosphere. We train our youth in state-of-the art computer applications: Web site design, geographic information services (GIS), computer networking and repair, and video.
Through the Hopeworks program, we seek in particular:
To reduce the high school dropout rate for African-American and Hispanic youth in Camden, New Jersey.
To create hope for the future, good-paying jobs, business development, and educational opportunities for Camden's young people: specifically for African-American and Hispanic youth between the ages of 17 and 25 who have dropped out of school. Such a mission is essential because, in our city:
8,000 young people have dropped out of high school.
At the two public high schools, the high school dropout rate is nearly 70%.
34% of the city's young people are unemployed.
Nearly 50% of the city's young people live in poverty.