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PowerCorps Camden Program Lands $10,000 Grant

By SNJ Today Staff

CAMDEN, N.J. - One local organization working to better the future of teens in the area has received some much-needed funding to continue its mission. Camden County Freeholder Jonathan Young and representatives with PSE&G met in Camden's Waterfront South neighborhood on Monday, September 18th, to award the PowerCorps Camden Program with $10,000 in new funding.

The Corps program works to provide job training, employment, and education to youth in Camden, and officials said the new funding will help the program continue their efforts to help give kids the tools they need to succeed. "As kids get out of high school, they might not know what to do with their careers," said senior regional public affairs manager of PSE&G Mike Coyle. "They might not know how to get started in the work environment, so this organization puts kids to work and makes them take some ownership on what they're doing. It teaches them the skills that they're going to need, some of the values they're going to need to move forward in their careers."  

"I think a lot of times, there's a negative connotation about young people in the city," said Kirby Gaherty, programming director of Camden Power Corps program. "We're kind of trying to break that stereotype, and it's good to see young people doing positive things." 

PowerCorps Camden program is a workforce development program that provides youth age 18-26 the opportunity for 6-month of full-time AmeriCorps service. PowerCorps Camden members tackle pressing environmental challenges in Camden City, improving green infrastructure in their neighborhoods. Projects aim to improve stormwater management, clean and green vacant lots, improve community space and parks for Camden's youth, and revitalize public land in the city.

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