Camden County Youth Service Commission Data

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The Camden County Youth Service Commission is pleased to share updated data on youth in Camden County. Please see the link below. The commission highly suggests to use the data in the 2015 CCYSC/JJC Request for Proposals submissions. If you have any questions please contact Rosy Arroyo, YSC Administrator rarroyo@cpachvi.org.

Camden County Youth Service Commission Data

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: http://youtu.be/g4tfcOZ54sc

 

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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

2014 State of Homeless in America report from NAEH

Please click belocpac logow for this report.

2014 State of Homelessness Report

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: kking@cpachvi.org

Pyne Poynt Documentary Link:

http://pynepoyntdoc.com/

 

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Point In Time makes front page of the Courier Post

cpac-log-tagRead all about it by clicking the link below.

Point In Time Article

Camden County Youth Volunteer Corps Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service was one of service and learning. On Friday, January 17th, 2014 at the Isabel Miller Community Center Camden County Youth Volunteer Corps (CCYVC), Camden County Senior Corps/RSVP and YE2S Center joined together to discuss with youth  what they think “What Not” and “What to Wear”  during an interview for a potential job and the perception received wearing both.

After the interactive discussion, the young men had the opportunity to put on dress shirts and  learn how to tie a tie, provided by Promise Neighborhood, Family Success Center on Benson Street. Todd Pisani, the YE2S Center Intake Coordinator took them step by step to tie a Windsor knot as well as a basic knot. It was a first for the youth to learn how to tie a tie and once accomplishing the task felt immediately more confident to walk into an interview prepared. 

On Monday, January 20th, 2014, three volunteers came to Image and Attitude in Pennsauken to sort and organize business attire that will be outfitted for men and women who are interviewing for a job. Image and Attitude aims to elevate the self esteem of men and women offering on going support through job-readiness development and support. Sheila Barrett who outfits women that are interviewing for a job, showed the two ladies how to outfit themselves for a potential interview. Terrell Hutchins, who outfits the men, showed Jose what type of suit to look for and the shoes to go with it. Jose tied his tie with ease after Friday’s “How To”.

This day of service and learning for Camden County Youth Volunteer Corps volunteers goes hand in hand in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. It was a great exchange that we will continue on the next service project with Cathedral Kitchen.

Click this link to see more pictures from this MLK Service Day. For more information on Camden County Youth Volunteer Corps email Melissa Marston: mmarston@cpachvi.org

2013 Covenant for Children Youth and Families Leadership Awards Banquet

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On the night of Thursday, October 24th 2013; the Community Planning & Advocacy Council- CPAC hosted its annual dinner event entitled the 2013 Covenant for Children Youth and Families Leadership Awards Banquet. The night’s special guest speaker was Senator Donald Norcross Bio .

CPAC honored four members of the community with special Awards .  The awardees included Deborah James Bio – The Father Edward J. Walsh Volunteer of the Year Award; Rosemary R. Jackson Bio – The Anna M. Sample Advocacy Award; George E. Norcross III Bio – Jerrothia Riggs Education Award; and Dr. Jeffrey Brenner Bio – Human Service Worker of the Year Award.

On hand to present the awards were Mayor Dana L. Redd, City of Camden; Dr. Deborah Bowles, CPAC Board of Trustee; The Clark Family  and Camden County Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez.

CPAC President & CEO; Catherine DeCheser also addressed the attendees who totaled nearly three hundred.  She said, “Tom Blatner informed me that the United Nations adopted a Bill of Rights for Children years ago.  There were only two countries in the world which didn’t adopt them—Somalia and the United States.  That shocked those of us working on the Covenant Bill of Rights in Camden County and it should also shock you.”  Mrs. DeCheser commended Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli and Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez for their leadership.   She also thanked Camden City Mayor Dana Redd for her co-chairing the Covenant Community Planning Bodies along with Freeholder Rodriguez.  “Wouldn’t it be wonderful for New Jersey to ask Senator Booker to spearhead a bill in the U.S. Senate to adopt the Bill of Rights nationally and adopt our own Bill of Rights for Children in Camden County?”

The night had many exciting moments shared by the community and over 30 represented agencies, but perhaps none more than the announcement that NJ State Senator Donald Norcross will be co-sponsoring a bill to adopt The Bill of Rights for all Children, Youth & Families with co-sponsorship from Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt.

“Finally, I call upon my social work colleagues not to retreat in the face of reactionary forces who are creating classism between the middle class and the poor.  There are mean spirited people who will try to divide us for their own self-interest.  We must not allow the actions of others to encourage divisiveness and pettiness among each other, while more kids enter poverty, more families become homeless and more youth die in the streets!”

Mrs. DeCheser closed with a quote from Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools!”

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