Hopeworks is an incredible organization aiming to help youth and young adults learn coding, design, and technology with the ultimate goal of earning gainful employment. From the group that I met, this shouldn’t be hard - yet, in Camden, where the unemployment rate is 8.9% (vs. NJ at 4.1%) and the poverty rate is 37.4% (vs. NJ at 10.7%), it is.
Camden is important to me - my mom taught in a difficult part of this struggling city for many years. Many of us at Linode volunteered at her school, reading to students. I live only a few miles away.
Knowing Camden’s struggles, I was even more impressed with each and every person I met at the code day - employees, volunteers, programmers, students, entrepreneurs, and judges alike. Their mission - “to provide a positive, healing atmosphere that propels young people to build strong futures and break the cycle of violence and poverty in Camden” - was evident. Hopeworks hopes to better Camden’s youth through an amazing program that myself and Linode hope to support long-term.
I wanted to congratulate all of the incredibly talented and inspiring entrepreneurs who presented at the Pitch Competition. Every pitch was engaging, thoughtful, and inspiring. Below, I’ve included a list of the entrepreneurs who presented and links to their burgeoning businesses where I could. Please visit each and support them if you can, and, if you’re looking for a way to get involved in Hopeworks, please take a look at how to be a donor or volunteer.