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How Camden plans to train residents to help rebuild the city — literally

By Rebecca Everett/NJ.com/September 2016

CAMDEN -- City leaders told a packed room at the Waterfront Technology Center Thursday that a new initiative will finally do what residents have been asking for: give Camdenites the opportunity to benefit from the new development in the city.

The Camden Construction Career Initiative will help over 100 residents take the first steps to start their careers in the industry so they can have a role in the rebuilding of Camden, officials from the city and the Cooper Foundation announced.

$16M federal grant to help improve roads in Camden

By Barbara Boyer/Philly.com/September 6 2016 CAMDEN –

A $16.2 million federal grant to improve roads and infrastructure in Camden neighborhoods near the Ben Franklin Bridge is critical for the city, local and state officials said at a news conference Tuesday.

"Camden is rising," said U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D., N.J.), who joined Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd, City Council President Frank Moran, and New Jersey's U.S. senators, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker.

Camden schools make house calls to students on verge of dropping out

By Allison Steele/Philly.com/September 6 2016 CAMDEN –

For 13 Camden kids, help with school and family life arrived in an unexpected place last fall: at home, during visits with district administrators and even the superintendent.

The visits were part of a pilot program aimed at treating the root causes of problems that interfere in the lives of Camden's students and prevent them from succeeding.

Why 223 more students in this N.J. city will get bused to school

By Rebecca Everett/NJ.com/September 4 2016 CAMDEN –

Deyonna Jackson, 17, said that her biggest fear when she has to walk home from Camden High School — or the 20 minutes to where the marching band practices after school — is the unwelcome attention she might get from men.

"Being a teenager, some older men talk to kids like me," Jackson said.

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