PowerCorps Camden

A movement to improve the environment in Camden City.

PowerCorps Camden members are a team of young leaders from Camden City serving to tackle pressing environmental challenges in their community

If you are a Camden resident age 18 to 26 and interested in making a difference in your community, consider service as a PowerCorps Camden member.

PowerCorps Camden is recruiting young people from Camden City to serve full-time in a six month AmeriCorps program to revitalize public land in the city.

PowerCorps members work with city partners to tackle pressing environmental challenges. Projects aim to improve stormwater management, clean and green vacant lots, improve community space and parks for Camden's young people, and revitalize public land in the city. 

PowerCorps Camden, including crew leaders and assistant crew leaders, serves as a system of support and encouragement to help members stay focused and motivated. Upon completion of the six-month term of service, members join the PowerCorps alumni and receive intensive transition support in order to assist with post-secondary education, continuing national service, and/or securing meaningful work in career-related fields.

PowerCorps Camden builds on best practice models and a shared commitment to foster a trained and educated workforce for New Jersey. The PowerCorps Camden program aims to impact the lives and career paths of young people in Camden by facilitating meaningful and tangible opportunities.  

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Hear from PowerCorps Camden members in the video below as they share what the program means to them. 

Program Benefits

PowerCorps Camden members receive the following benefits:

  • Extensive training in water quality, storm water management, green infrastructure, and clean and green initiatives
  • Life skills training
  • A living allowance of $500 biweekly
  • Health Insurance
  • Childcare
  • An Education Award of $2,960 payable to a lender or educational institution following successful completion of six month term of service
  • Forbearance on current student loans during the term of service
  • Transition support following six month service term to assist with post-secondary education, continuing national service, and/or securing meaningful work in career-related fields

Qualifications/Requirements

Individuals must meet the following member requirements in order to serve as a PowerCorps Camden member:

  • Age 18-26
  • Camden City resident
  • High school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (GED & HiSET)
  • Be available to serve on a full time basis (40 hours per week) for six consecutive months

Apply to Serve

PowerCorps Camden is currently recruiting young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 who are committed to serving full time for six months. Email us for more information about applying to serve as a PowerCorps Camden member.

Funding & Partners

In partnership with the City of Camden under the National Governor and Mayor’s Initiative, Center For Family Services launched the PowerCorps Camden program in December 2015, with the goals to improve outcomes for opportunity youth and improve green infrastructure in Camden City.

The three-year AmeriCorps PowerCorps Camden program will increase economic opportunity through job training and readiness for 60 youth each year. Through projects focused on Camden’s green infrastructure network, PowerCorps members will play a key role in maintaining over 53 green infrastructure installations including 20 rain gardens, 10 city and county parks, 400 vacant lots, and 5500 stormwater inlets that comprise Camden City's network. Through knowledge and skills training, PowerCorps Camden will develop the next generation of Camden’s environmental stewards.

The AmeriCorps PowerCorps Camden program is funded through the Corporation for National and Community Services. Founding partners include the City of Camden, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, and Center For Family Services.

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