Camden Center for Youth Development, Inc.

Camden Center for Youth Development, Inc. was founded in 1978. It is a not-for-profit community based organization located on 315 Cooper Street in downtown Camden. CCYD is committed and dedicated to helping shape the lives of young people and their families.

More importantly, CCYD is dedicated to increasing the life chances of young people by allowing them and their families, funding organizations, key leaders, and stakeholders to understand the importance of promoting youth development concepts and practices.

WHAT CCYD OFFERS

C.O.N.T.R.O.L Program (Choosing Opportunities Needed To Redefine Our Lives)

This Program is an anger management re-entry program that works with males and females (Ages 14 to 21), who are re-entering the community from juvenile resource center secure confinement placements or residential facilities. In order to complete the program, participants attend a 10-week focus on learning effective communication, cognitive and relaxation interventions, coping skills, and stress management techniques. Participants are referred by Family Court, Parole and Probation.

P.R.I.M.E. PROGRAM (Personally Reaching Inward, Mentally & Emotionally)

This is an after program that works with young girls, helping them to build the skills to become independent adults and productive citizens in the local and global community. The PRIME Staff assist the teenagers with minimizing disruptive behavior by building trusting relationships, strengthening self-esteem, introducing appropriate socialization skills, teaching coping skills and assisting with homework. Classes touch on many topics, from substance abuse to career options. Youth are referred by the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services).

P.E.A.C.E. Program (Positive Education Always Causes for Intervention)

This is an afterschool program that provides opportunities for young men to establish goals and learn to resolve conflicts and stay drug-free. Parents and guardians take part in the program and a group of men serve as guest speakers and role models for the youth. The goal of the program is to help young men enjoy more positive experiences that can improve their motivation and self-esteem. Youth are referred by the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (Formally the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services).

C.H.O.I.C.E.S. PROGRAM (Changing Her Options to Increase Cognition, Expectations and Skills)

This program is an afterschool program that works with young girls, helping them to build skills to deal with the world and to be independent adults. CHOICES’ staff assists the teenagers with reducing their involvement in the judicial system by building trusting relationships, strengthening self-esteem, teaching coping skills and assisting with homework. Classes touch on many topics, from substance abuse to career options. Youth are referred by Family court and Juvenile Probation.

Too often young people are not properly guided. In effect they lack the necessary tools to assist them in becoming successful. CCYD mission is to help the youth meet those needs by addressing complicated situations in life in order to make changes in their communities and neighborhoods. This is made possible by providing the youth with leadership development, tutoring, Job\vocational skills, college preparation, and emotional, social, spiritual, physical, and cultural support.

Camden Center for Youth Development, Inc. believes that building on the strengths of the youth will help them develop the necessary skills needed early in life. All this will be useful and beneficial by providing as many resources as possible that will help them prepare for their future. CCYD recognizes the connection between risks and protective factors to which children and youth are exposed to on a daily basis.

This program will help to build that strong connection to their success in the accomplishments of their goals. Let’s all continue to make this possible by encouraging our youth, connecting families, and by be the best example for this growing generation of young people who will become successful men and women of the future.

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