Propel America

Opinion: Camden’s Young People Still Have Big Dreams. Let’s Make Them Realities

by Taryn Fletcher and Dan Rhoton

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The young people of Camden have big ambitions and big dreams. COVID-19 may have disrupted their plans, but from where we stand, they aren’t letting the pandemic change their goals. Michael and Quahnaz are two such young people. 

Amidst the challenges of this past year, they graduated from high school and earned web design certifications that have set them up for well-paid jobs and exciting careers. While our nation’s health and economy remain so fragile, Michale and Quahnaz remind us that the young people of Camden are incredibly strong.  

At Propel America and Hopeworks, we work with young people between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four, many of whom have not always had the opportunities they deserved. We help them prepare for and begin their careers in different ways–our collaboration supports young folks seeking roles in information technology and web design. 

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