Kids need jobs! For urban teens jobs are commonly cited as a key tool to reduce crime and break cycles of poverty. Through our StreetLeaderÂ®Â job training program UrbanPromise is the largest employer of teens in Wilmington. This year we will employ a record 40 teens at a cost of over $35,000. These kids want to work. Their role in our Summer Camps is vital, a real job with purpose and pay. I need your help with the pay!
Let me introduce you to Paddle for Promise, a 53 mile adventure on the Delaware River from Trenton, NJ, past Camden, and arriving at Wilmington, Delaware on Sat, June 29th. Thatâ€™s a mile for each year of my life. Gulp! This is not a reality show to test my middle age back and bottom (full disclosure: past middle age!). But it is an effort to raise awareness and ask you to give these teens a meaningful job, one of the surest ways to get them on a different path.
My goal is to raise $35,000 for Wilmington StreetLeader wages this summer. Honestly, Iâ€™m asking you to help me on two levels. One, Iâ€™m definitely intimidated about the challenge of 53 years, I mean miles, and it would be really encouraging and motivating to have a crowd of people figuratively (or literally) supporting me by committing towards our goal. Secondly, I know most people wish they could help our youth have a future, but they donâ€™t know quite how they can help. Your gift of support for Paddle for Promise will give our teens real jobs, important jobs, and will involve them in one of Wilmingtonâ€™s premier mentoring programs.
Give these kids a job!
$1000 employs a StreetLeader for the whole summer
$101 pays a 14 yr old, first year StreetLeader for a week
$606 give a kid his first summer job
$200 one week salary for the top StreetLeader at each camp (Team Leaders)