Last night at Lucky stike in NYC, AFabolousWay along with Hot 97, XXL Magazine, smile Design Manhattan and Urban Promise ran by photographer Jerritt Clark held a Fundraiser bowling event for kids. Children came though to bowl with Fabolous and have a chance to take pictures and get swag from Reebok.
The event was put together to send 45 kids from Camden NJ on a week long spring break trip to maryland where they will enjoy camping, rock climbing, zip lining, fishing, boating, then finishing off the week with a tour of our nations capital where they will meet local congress men and senators.
Urban Promise started 25yrs ago this year is a Camden based nonprofit that currently has programs in Vancouver, Wilmington, Toronto, Honduras and Malawi in Africa. Camdens two biggest High Schools have a 60% dropout rate and city wide the high school drop out rate is 47% whereas the rest of NJ has a 90% graduation rate. Most of the kids involved in Urban Promise attend the public schools in Camden. Urban Promise built a school called the Urban Promise Academy that was created to combat the high dropout rates. Urban Promise Academy currently boasts a 100% High School Graduation rate with about 70% of its students going on to 4yr colleges. Urban Promise has provided over 130 full scholarships for students in Camden to attend 4yr colleges throughout the nation.
This years spring break trip is sending 45 youth (11-14yrs) and 12 street leaders(14-18yrs) on a week long spring break trip to maryland where they will enjoy camping, rock climbing, zip lining, fishing, boating, then finishing off the week with a tour of our nations capital where they will meet local congress men and senators. Most of the youth coming on this trip have never had the opportunity to leave camdens city limits due to the overwhelming poverty that exists. over 50% of Camdens youth live below the poverty line.
Photos By PhotosByRome