Thank you!

THANK YOU for being part of our growth!

We were so thankful last night to celebrate what God has done over the last 19 years at our annual banquet!  Growing UP focused on how we’ve seen kids grown through the program, and with around 750 guests our banquet has definitely grown as well.

If you’re attended the banquet,
brought a friend, or invited someone,
you are part of that growth! 
If you volunteer, support financially,
or cheering us on in some other way,
you are part of that growth!

As one of our students said in the spoken word,
“there are still miles left to grow!”

Donate here to be part of that continued growth.

Find out how to get involved and volunteer HERE!

“But what if I can’t?”

       … Monday at Camp Victory …
During homework time, the kids won’t stop talking about the trip, so a StreetLeader asks them each their favorite part to get it out and get them back on track

StreetLeader: What was YOUR favorite part of the trip?
Child: The whole thing!
StreetLeader: You need to pick just one thing.
Child: *thinking*… *really hard*… But what if I can’t?

After completing their college application (including essay, GPA, and references) 73 students were accepted for a college weekend at UD.  Some of the favorite parts (they couldn’t pick from) included a campus tour/scavenger hunt, playing on the quad, meeting students and asking all of their questions, playing games at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (who hosted us for games, sleep, breakfast and church), brunch in the dining hall, and ice skating.


Why are these trips important?  
Why do a college focused trip with 3rd-8th graders?

Here are a few thoughts from the camp directors…

“If I didn’t spend extended periods of time with some kids, their struggles that often go unnoticed in shorter times (like frustrations, working through deep conflict) wouldn’t get attention.  We get to know the kids on a deeper level.”

“My kids want to go to UD.  They don’t really know why, but they know they want to be there.”

“Its not enough!  I want to cast vision of what it takes and what college is really like.  This trip gets them thinking about it and the fun they had.  Now I can go deeper; maybe take them to a class, bring students into camp, just really keep them focused on what it will take to get there.”

From a parent…

“My daughter had a great time!  She’s in 4th grade, and came home talking about college.  To be able to send her away for a weekend with people we trust, and her to come back with vision like that is amazing!”

Here fishy, fishy, fishy!

UrbanPromise Academy embarked on an adventure to the Camden Aquarium.  They were challenged to find out as many facts about sharks and other things.  Over lunch they compared notes to see who had the most unique list of facts.

For a group who was not overly excited about doing “work” while at the aquarium, their moods quickly changed.  It ended up being a great day of learning, bonding, and fun!

Check out more pics on Facebook HERE

Lets go to the beach!

When learning about ecosystems in science class, it’s one thing to read about it on a page and look at pictures but its another to experience it in real life.  UrbanPromise School’s 5th/6th grade class went on an adventure to Avalon, NJ to spend time with our dear friend, Mr Harvey.  They were studying ecosystems in science class, and decided to see in real life all the types of communities you can find at the beach where animals, plants, and humans are in relationship with one another.  This adventure included a scavenger hunt to find signs of plants/animals/humans, a look into the marshes, digging and eating oysters, a look at the migratory patterns of birds, lessons in fishing, and (of course) some time playing in the water and a surfing lesson.  This will be a lesson not quickly forgotten!


Live United

Does your workplace have a United Way campaign in progress?

Do you want to partner with UrbanPromise to transform lives in Wilmington?

You can choose UrbanPromise Wilmington through your United Way Donor Choice Program.

Request a donor choice form from your employer when enrolling or re-enrolling.

Use the following donor number on your form:

Delaware:  9519

Southeastern PA:  16420

For other areas or for special workplace campaigns, please contact the office:  302-425-5502.

If interested in connecting your business group to volunteer, please contact Deborah Holcombe, Work Team Director.