Urban Promise in Delaware:
2401 Thatcher Street
Wilmington DE 19802
Our vision: is to be a community in Christ of servant leadership and transformation, seeking a full life for all involved: urban youth, families, volunteers and staff in the neighborhoods of our city.
Our mission: The mission of UrbanPromise Wilmington is to equip children and young adults through Christ with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, personal growth and servant leadership.
Urban Promise has a strong presence in the city through after school programs, summer camp, an elementary school, and a high school.
Connection with Christchurch: Than Peterson who grew up at Christchurch is a staff member at Urban Promise.
Prayer and other needs: Pray for summer camps.
Than directs Camp Harmony.
Pray for summer interns as they join the program. Pray for the children and youth in the programs, as well as Christians in the area who volunteer or are considering involvement.
Financial Support: Each staff member raises their own support, taking time from their work with kids and families to do so.
Support Than here
Opportunities for involvement:
Staff: Urban Promise staff and interns live in the neighborhoods where they hold after school camps and summer programs, and fully immerse themselves in the lives of the families whose children and youth they serve. This means, among other things, home visits, developing relationships with parents, advocating for the kids at their public schools, attending spelling bees and plays and special events, taking the kids out for ice cream, phone calls to keep connected, and just hanging out on their “off time”.
Urban Promise also invests in their city by hiring “Street Leaders”, local teens who serve alongside staff and interns. UP also has a one year international leadership training program with the goal of developing leadership for similar programs in international contexts. Participants spend a year in Wilmington or Camden involved in an internship and an entrepreneurial leadership program.
History: Urban Promise began in Camden New Jersey in 1988. Its model has been replicated in locations on 3 continents. UrbanPromise Wilmington started in 1998 and is now in its second decade of service.
FMI: Urban Promise website
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