The United States is one of the world’s largest countries in both size and population. It has the world’s largest economy and the highest mean household income. However, in 2011, 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty. Children who live in poverty are more likely to have a higher rate of absenteeism—or leave school completely—in order to work or care for family members. It was out of this need that UrbanPromise was born in Camden, NJ 26 years ago—to help our nation's children succeed despite their negative environments. We now have sites in 4 urban centers across the U.S., with a fifth program set to launch in early 2014.
Twenty-six years ago the vision and mission of UrbanPromise was conceived in a dusty church basement in East Camden, NJ. A small group of college missionaries created a summer camp for neighborhood children--providing a safe, loving, fun, and creative place for local youth to escape dangerous city streets.
UrbanPromise Trenton was launched in July 2011 under the leadership of Carl Clark Jr, one of the first camp kids of UrbanPromise in Camden in 1988. UP Trenton works to develop Christian leaders who will transform the city of Trenton by providing free AfterSchool and Summer Camp programs--preparing disadvantaged inner-city children for the real world through spiritual, personal, physical, and educational development.
Since 2010, UrbanPromise Miami has been building the Path to Promise for the children and youth of Little Havana. Our mission is to equip children and youth of Miami with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and leadership. We fulfill this mission through AfterSchool Programs, Summer Camps, experiential learning, job training, and a host of other programs that challenge youth to develop and realize their potential.
UrbanPromise Charlotte, since its inception in 2013, has worked to develop Charlotte’s children and youth into Christian leaders determined to restore their communities. Our vision is three-fold: Reach a Child, Raise a Leader, Restore Community. UrbanPromise Charlotte reaches younger children through our AfterSchool Programs and Summer Camps and raises high school leaders who are employed as mentors and counselors in these programs. Our ultimate goal is to restore community as a new generation of young leaders affects social, economic, and spiritual revitalization in their neighborhoods and the city of Charlotte.
UrbanPromise Arkansas was launched in May 2016 under the leadership of Kristin Walker with it's first summer camp program in the high-need neighborhood of Baring Cross in North Little Rock, AR. The vision of UrbanPromise Arkansas is to be a community in Christ of servant leadership and transformation, seeking a full life for all involved: urban youth, families, volunteers, and staff in the neighborhoods of our cities.