Kids need jobs! For urban teens jobs are commonly cited as a key tool to reduce crime and break cycles of poverty. Through our StreetLeader® 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. That’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, I’m asking you to help me on two levels. One, I’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 don’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 Wilmington’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)