State Farm Youth Board Donates $50,000 to Camden LEAP Program

SNJ Today CAMDEN, N.J. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board donated $50,000 to an agricultural program designed, in part, by students from the Leap Academy University Charter School in Camden. The donation is to help Leap’s program From Food Desert to Food Forest, which includes a student-built garden on Cooper Street and was designed to address … Continue reading State Farm Youth Board Donates $50,000 to Camden LEAP Program

Camden student made a promise to her dying dad and keeps it in a big way

Shrieks of jubilation were the instant reaction of Karina Velez and two of her friends in college composition class as they checked on a computer and found out that Velez was granted entry to the Parsons School of Design. In that moment, Velez said, she felt relief after the many months she spent  laboring over … Continue reading Camden student made a promise to her dying dad and keeps it in a big way

Teaching the art of Public Service at LEAP Academy

Starting small projects in public service can go a long way in a person’s political career In observance of Women’s History Month, Camden’s LEAP Academy University Charter School gave a class of middle school age girls the opportunity to learn about leadership through the eyes of New Jersey State Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez..  Read more..

The Miracle on Cooper Street

The words most often used to describe Camden, New Jersey have been equal parts fearful and unflattering: Dangerous. Criminal. Impoverished. Many forget Camden was a city once gleaming with industry, known as a city of manufacturing and innovation. But 50 years of economic downturn following World War II shifted Camden from famous to infamous – … Continue reading The Miracle on Cooper Street

How Building a Charter School Has Drawn Parents, Poor Neighborhoods, and Rutgers-Camden University into a Transformative Partnership

scholars strategy network.org In the 1990s parents, students, faculty and staff at the Rutgers Camden Campus set out to launch a unique community development experiment, the Community Learning Center, intended to enhance education and improve supports for a community development and capacity building effort.  A sixty-five person Working Group Committee, composed of parents, faculty, staff, … Continue reading How Building a Charter School Has Drawn Parents, Poor Neighborhoods, and Rutgers-Camden University into a Transformative Partnership