Founded 1988

UrbanPromise Camden


Thirty one 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.


The response from the community was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Young people attended in droves, demonstrating a hunger to engage in activities that challenged academic, spiritual, and social growth. UrbanPromise has since diversified our programmatic offerings to include two schools, job training, AfterSchool Programs, boat building, expeditionary and experiential learning, college tours, faith development opportunities, and a host of other activities. But the core of our organization will always be about relationships and the message that every child and teen is wonderfully created in the image of God.

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Our Programs


Serving 307 Children and Youths 
annually since 
  • Elementary, Middle & High School
  • Experiential learning
  • 100% graduation rate


Serving 300 Children and Youths 
annually since 
  • 4 AfterSchool Programs and 4 Summer Camps
  • Focus on academic & spiritual growth
  • Over 540 hours of free programming


Serving 100 Youths  
annually since 
  • 100+ teens employed in job training program
  • Mentoring
  • College prep classes

Dr. Bruce Main

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