Expanding the services of the Charter School Family Support Center of Camden, N.J.

Camden, New Jersey, is one of the poorest cities in the nation. About 80 percent of the city's children and youth live below the poverty level and 40 percent of the secondary school population drops out of high school. Two-thirds of households with children are headed by a single person. Poverty, unstable housing, domestic violence, substance abuse, crime victimization, and marital instability result in children having significant emotional and behavioral problems that often lead to child discipline incidents, anger, and depression. The advent of charter schools in New Jersey has opened new opportunities for parents to establish public education as a venue for strengthening family life, and to pursue this goal through alliances with all the community's helping institutions. The purpose of this project is to help the LEAP Academy, a charter school serving children and their families, expand its health center services by adding mental/behavioral health services; adding psychosocial guidance, support and family counseling; establishing a teen clinic for adolescents; and helping start a prenatal/early childhood health program offering a continuum of care from prenatal to pediatric care.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,000,000.00

Awarded on: 5/7/2007

Time frame: 5/15/2007 - 12/31/2011

Grant Number: 45014


Rutgers University Foundation

Winants Hall
7 College Avenue
New Brunswick, 08901-1261


Gloria B. Bonilla-Santiago
Project Director