We were funded by the ShapingNJ mini-grant to: 1) expand the Breakfast-in-the-Classroom program in Camden public schools and 2) establish a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) workgroup to develop a park assessment using CPTED methods, which may be used by the city as a resource. Both projects would require significant partnership with the public school administration, the City of Camden and community-based organizations.
However, this year has bought much change to City of Camden. Two significant transitions are still in progress including a state take-over of Camden’s public schools and the reconstruction of its city police department as a county metro force. The community has expressed both support and opposition of the two initiatives. However, despite the mixed feelings, partnerships in this community continue to move forward.
As a partner of both the public schools and the city, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Camden has remained committed to both parties during this difficult time. But despite their transitions, the relationships with the school administration and the city have only gotten stronger, which was not expected initially. In the world of creating social change, its takes strong partnerships to move the work forward; these types of partnerships are what the community needs. “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success.” Henry Ford