LUCY Outreach ($100,000)
LUCY Outreach‘s youth are impacted by severe childhood trauma, and LUCY is currently unable to meet and address the rapidly growing need due to a lack of staff, training, and therapeutic on-site support. Trauma manifests itself in different ways for different youth. It is urgent that staff are comfortable addressing their needs, and that supports are in place both for youth and program staff, who can become frustrated and burnt out. LUCY will respond to this need by becoming a trauma-informed agency that integrates trauma-informed principles and practices into their organizational culture. LUCY will also meet the needs of the highest risk youth by providing access to greater therapeutic support services and more intensive one-on-one support on-site.
LUCY’s target population is low-income Camden County youth, ages 7-25. Participants live at or below the poverty line, attend underperforming schools, and have limited access to higher education and employment opportunities outside of minimum wage jobs. Camden’s youth are affected by drugs, gangs, and neighborhood violence, and have been profoundly impacted by childhood trauma. LUCY came to be because they wanted the city and county youth to have the same opportunities and access all youth deserve.
Alice Paul Institute ($43,000)
API’s online presence through alicepaul.org and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and eventually YouTube) serves a growing national audience of adults and high school age students. Specifically, while a proposed new YouTube channel could be accessed by any individual, API will target girls between the ages of 10-17 who live in Camden, Cumberland, Salem and Gloucester Counties to pilot this project.
Based upon their current media platforms and the partnerships they have developed with the region’s organizations and schools, they anticipate effectively reaching thousands of girls in the region within the 24-month grant period. Currently, API serves an adult audience, high school age and above, as well as teenage girls in a variety of capacities on-site and on- line. Through this project, their focus is to make API’s programs as inclusive as possible.
Family Promise of Southwest New Jersey ($43,000)
Family Promise works with low-mid income families experiencing housing insecurity. Each family unit must consist of at least one child under the age of 18, and all families must pass a criminal background check and be drug free prior to admission to their housing program.
The project they requested funding for will enable Family Promise to serve more families with children and keep the children within their original school district prior to moving to temporary housing. Through a pilot program, Family Promise has already attained all the relevant licenses and approvals from the State of NJ and is registered as a school bus vendor. With the purchase of additional school transport minivans and hiring drivers, they will be ready to expand their bidding and contracting with more school districts in the fall of 2020. Rates for student transport can vary from $150 to $450 per student per day generating sufficient revenue for Family Promise.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties ($100,000)
Our $100,000 Impact100 SJ grant was awarded to Big Brothers Big Sisters to increase the number of kids they serve through new technology. Mentor 2.0 is a curriculum-based online program model that lets “Big” mentors and “Little” mentees interact weekly through the iMentor program. They anticipate Mentor 2.0 will reduce some of the challenges the organization faces recruiting “Bigs” because of their travel commitments and time limitations.
Impact100 South Jersey Core Mission Grants are intended to help local organizations reach the next level and increase access to their services. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ leadership believes that Mentor 2.0 is the best tool to transform the way they serve their children in one-to-one mentoring relationships. They anticipate that our grant will be a game-changer, catapulting the number of children they will be able to serve.
Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey ($27,500)
Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey received a general operating grant for $27,500. Their proposal focused on transforming multi-purpose offices into private counseling spaces exclusively for mental health therapy and substance abuse treatment for the growing number of people they serve.
Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey ($27,500)
Ronald McDonald House, located in Camden, was awarded a general operating grant for $27,500 that went toward replace the carpeting throughout the facility with engineered flooring. Although the grant did not cover the entire project, an Impact100 SJ member whose family owns General Floor, completed the entire job for the amount of the grant.
Hopeworks ‘N Camden ($74,000)
Hopeworks received our first Impact100 South Jersey grant for $74,000. The organization works with young men and women who’ve experienced traumatic upbringings and teaches them high-tech skills and life skills. The money was used toward improving the resources they have to serve the increasing number of young people they serve, and outfitting a new more professional workspace.