CPAC Partners with Rutger’s University Summer Housing Internship Program

Community Planning and Advocacy Council partnered with Rutgers University for the Summer Housing and Internship Program (SHIP).  The Summer Housing and Internship Program (SHIP) is a twelve-week program from May/early June to August that offers an alternative to recipients of the New Jersey Foster Care (NJFC) scholarship who lack the financial, family and social connections to secure safe and stable housing during the summer months. 40 New Jersey Foster Scholars are given the opportunity to receive quality housing and paid internship positions throughout the summer months. SHIP also offers a 3-credit course, counseling, weekly workshops, and recreational activities.

Aasim Johnson from Brookdale County College and Samantha Villagran from Rutgers Camden University were welcomed to the CPAC family in early June. Aasim and Samantha assisted in the Camden County Youth Service Commission, Camden County Youth Volunteer Corps, Point in Time, as well as attending Hill Day with Monarch Housing lobbying in Washington, D.C. for ‘Homes for the Homeless’.  They completed their internship the beginning of August.

We would like to thank Rutgers University for the opportunity to partner in this great program.  Also thank our interns Aasim Johnson and Samantha Villagran for their hard work, dedication, and spirit. It was not only a learning experience for our interns, but for CPAC staff as well.  Congratulations on graduating from the program.


Please watch Aasim Johnson reflect on his experience as a Rutgers’ SHIP Scholar:


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“Ban the Box” Legislation Signed into Law

cpac-log-tag“Ban the Box” Legislation Signed Into Law

Earlier this week, Governor Christie signed S-2124/A-1999 (Cunningham/Watson Coleman) into law. Known as the “Ban the Box” legislation, this new law will establish certain employment rights for persons with criminal histories by regulating employers’ use of background checks.

The bill went through several revisions to make it more workable for employers. Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) participated in discussions and was part of a coalition of business organizations that opposed the bill and eventually sought changes. We are pleased that the version agreed upon by the bill’s sponsors and signed by Governor Christie is less onerous to employers than previous versions. For example, this new law exempts businesses with fewer than 15 employees and includes protections for employers that choose not to hire a candidate with a criminal history.

Although still not supportive of the measure, the CCSNJ appreciates the willingness of the sponsors to be flexible and open to the concerns of the business community. This law takes effect on March 1, 2015.

CPAC Host’s The Washington Fellows for Young African Leaders Initiative

Community Planning and Advocacy Council (CPAC) hosted, 25 young professionals representing 20 countries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, Friday, June 27, 2014 as The Washington Fellows for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

Rutgers University is participating in the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)—a high priority for President Barack Obama. Rutgers is hosting a six-week Institute on Civic Leadership. The YALI participants range in age from 25-35 with diverse professional and academic backgrounds. The Civic Leadership Institute will explore civic leadership in the United States and enhance participants’ skills in areas such as civic engagement, community building, nonprofit management, political organizing, and volunteerism.

While visiting CPAC, the fellows had the opportunity to learn about Camden County and Camden City providing a focus on leadership development, community development, parent advocacy, and cultural enrichment. Representatives such as, Gino Lewis of Camden County Improvement Authority, Lisa Cerny of Gloucester County Dept. of Human Services, and June Morton, City of Camden, Division of Planning on a panel to discuss the present and future plans of community development in Camden County and Camden City and Regionally on behalf of the Southern New Jersey Homeless Continuum of Care currently serving Camden, Gloucester and Cumberland Counties.

After an engaging and interactive panel discussion, Diana Cooper, Acting President/CEO of CPAC gave the fellows a tour of Camden City prior to Mayor Dana Redd and Camden County Freeholder Scott McCray receiving the tour bus of fellows at the City Council Chambers.

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CPAC would like to thank all representatives of Camden County and Camden City, especially Mayor Dana Redd and Freeholder Scott McCray in hosting our YALI guests. Also thank you Rutgers University in this historical collaboration. To the YALI Fellows, the passion, dedication, and drive that was exuded this day not only inspired us, but reinforced the saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” not only locally, but now, internationally.

2014 Super Summer Directory – English & Spanish Versions

SSD SunPlease see the below links for both the English & Spanish version of the Super Summer Directory.

English Version

Spanish Version

CPAC announces the release of the 2014 Super Summer Directory

cAre you looking for things to do for youth in Camden County this summer? If so, keep reading…

The Community Planning & Advocacy Council (CPAC) on behalf of the Camden County Covenant for Children, Youth and Families is proud to present the 2014 Super Summer Directory now available online at the CPAC website.

Click Here for the 2014 Super Summer Directory.

Thank you to the Camden County Covenant for Children, Youth and Families agencies, contributing providers and programs, volunteers and CPAC staff for their collaborative efforts in making the sixth annual Super Summer Directory the most informative one yet. Your efforts celebrate the youth of Camden County and aim to make a powerful and positive difference in the lives of our children and families.

Enjoy your summer!

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2014 State of Homeless in America report from NAEH

Please click belocpac logow for this report.

2014 State of Homelessness Report

Mental Health Awareness Month


CPAC Joins the NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health & Addictions Services (DMHAS) Trauma Informed Care Work Group in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.

This sheet is from the American Psychological Association (APA) and offers us guidance in our use of  language.




stig•ma:  1. sign of social unacceptability: the shame or disgrace attached to something regarded as socially unacceptable.  Stigma is a Greek word that in its origins referred to a type of marking or tattoo that was cut or burned into the skin of criminals, slaves, or traitors in order to visibly identify them as blemished or morally polluted persons. These individuals were to be avoided or shunned, particularly in public places.

Social stigma is the extreme disapproval of (or discontent with) a person or group on socially characteristic grounds that are perceived, and serve to distinguish them, from other members of a society.


Change begins with each one of us!


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Positive Youth Development

Pyne Poynt Documentary explores the North Camden Little League  playing a vital role in creating change in the  community of North Camden by bringing families, coaches, and children of all ages together. PYNE POYNT is about more than the power of sports to help children rise above poverty. It’s where the phrase “hitting it out of the park” takes on a new meaning.” Click on the link below to watch the extended trailer of the documentary and learn more information about the North Camden Little League also located in our Super Summer Directory. For more information on our Super Summer Directory please contact Kathy King:

Pyne Poynt Documentary Link:


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Goodness Project

cpac-log-tagRecently  twelve organizations in Camden came together to create the “Goodness Project”. By dancing and singing to the song “Happy”, the group hopes to send a message about all the goodness that exists in Camden.  You can watch the inspiring video by clicking on the link below.  Please share this with friends and family—we are trying to make it go viral!

2nd Annual Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service

On Tuesday, April 1st, The Center for Family Services in Camden city participated in the 2nd Annual Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service. A total of 1,760 Mayors participated worldwide! We would like to thank special guests Honorable Mayor Dana L. Redd, the Corporation of National Community Service, and all of the AmeriCorps VISTA, Direct Service, and Senior Corps members that participated. We would like to extend a special thank you to all of the Camden County RSVP volunteers who faithfully serve in Camden City and County. We value your commitment to service and we couldn’t do it without you!

Camden County Senior Corps RSVP is a national volunteer program sponsored in Camden County, NJ by the Community Planning and Advocacy Council (CPAC).

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To become a Camden County Senior Corps RSVP Volunteer

Contact: Treina Fletcher, RSVP Program Director


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