Camden Promise Zone Blog

Posted on Mar 20, 2017
More and more people are making the city their home. Today, 50% of the world’s population lives in cities and this figure is expected to increase to 70% by 2050. As challenges will arise in planning for what a city needs both now and in the future, Michael Feigelson, Executive Director for the...
Posted on Mar 20, 2017
Many of those in the non-profit sector take on the belief that the nature of their work is about sacrifice, viewing “dysfunctional work habits or work conditions as necessary burdens of the nonprofit world.” In a piece written by Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman, co-authors of The Happy, Healthy...
Posted on Jan 30, 2017
While many of us attempt to achieve a healthy work-life balance, this can often seem like a goal that is all but attainable. Whether it be work or school related, or an event in our personal lives, we all face moments that leave a heap of stress upon us. And when searching for the answers as to how...
Posted on Jan 30, 2017
Silicon Valley has become synonymous with “innovation,” “investment,” and “success” as its served as a beacon for social entrepreneurs to build their ventures. As other cities across the U.S. attempt to roll out strategies for which they can similarly foster local innovation and technology, there...
Posted on Jan 30, 2017
In an article written for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, educators Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff explore the idea of creating “outside-the-classroom” learning opportunities by reimaging neighborhood staples as places for playful learning. Before delving into this topic,...
Posted on Jan 25, 2017
As Camden City School District continues to move forward, one of their many goals encompasses the continued support of families, equipping parents with the skills needed to ensure success amongst their children. Joy Marshall, an AmeriCorps VISTA serving with the school district in partnership with...
Posted on Dec 30, 2016
When the power of data is mentioned, three questions often arise. ·       How can we use data to both humanize our work and demonstrate our robust social impact? ·      How can we use data to tell a story without bogging down our audience with numbers and statistics? ·      How can we inspire using...
Posted on Dec 30, 2016
The use of data for social good has become a major interest in the social sector and will continue to see growth in the foreseeable future as organizations place an increasing amount of focus on data as it relates to evidence of impact. Jim Fruchterman, a leading social entrepreneur and CEO of non-...
Posted on Dec 02, 2016
Earlier this year, doctoral candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and contributing writer for EdSurge, Molly B. Zielezinski, published an article in which she explores trends of education and technology (otherwise known as “edtech”). Recognizant of the fact that schools across the...
Posted on Dec 02, 2016
In a recent piece written for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Myung J. Lee and Peter Levine explore the need to create a new model for citizen engagement. This new model requires current programs to transform from “traditional” volunteering initiatives into what is being described as “impact...
Posted on Dec 02, 2016
Last month, 1,000 experts converged for the 2016 Forum on Population Health Equity, an event hosted by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Jeffery Brenner, who leads the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, served as keynote speaker. At the event, he spoke to other social health and...
Posted on Nov 14, 2016
November 15th is the American Diabetes Association’s National Healthy Lunch Day. There is tremendous confusion about what to eat—what's healthful and what's not. Often the foods choices people make are full of calories, yet lack the nutritional value the body needs. In order to promote the...
Posted on Nov 14, 2016
November 15th is the American Diabetes Association’s National Healthy Lunch Day. There is tremendous confusion about what to eat—what's healthful and what's not. Often the foods choices people make are full of calories, yet lack the nutritional value the body needs. In order to promote the...
Posted on Nov 04, 2016
On October 27th, Fred D’Andrea from Comcast and Daniela Desiderio from the Housing Authority of the City of Camden joined residents as they signed up for Comcast Essentials.  Comcast Essentials gives residents in Public Housing the opportunity to enjoy Internet access in their homes along with...
Posted on Oct 31, 2016
The Camden County Police Department will soon grow, now being able to add 15 more officers to the force, thanks to a federal grant. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program allocated $1.875 million to CCPD, thus allowing the police department to...
Posted on Oct 31, 2016
Rutgers School of Nursing – Camden was recently awarded the New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) Award on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The $200,000 grant will allow the school to strengthen its efforts to educate nurses in providing services to meet complex heath needs. Rutgers...
Posted on Oct 31, 2016
On October 5, 2016 Governor Chris Christie joined Mayor Dana Redd, Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard, and state and local representatives to announce a $133 million project for a new Camden High School. The announcement for a new school marks the end for the “Castle on the Hill,” which has...
Posted on Oct 07, 2016
Late last month, Mayor Dana L. Redd and the City of Camden welcomed U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Secretary Nani Coloretti. Convening at the Waterfront Technology Center, city stakeholders joined Mayor Redd in providing the Deputy Secretary with a comprehensive...
Posted on Oct 07, 2016
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Jobs for the Future, both Camden and Philadelphia Promise Zones hosted a three-day exchange, September 13-15, focused on family literacy and youth workforce development. Attendees included members of Promise Zone and...
Posted on Aug 31, 2016
The American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter (APA-NJ) recently unveiled their list of “Great Places in New Jersey.” Three downtown areas and three public spaces were added to the list of 2016 designees – one of which was none other than Roosevelt Plaza Park. In naming Roosevelt Plaza Park...

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