Over the past few years Camden, NJ has taken a seat at the top of every negative city ranking including the most dangerous and impoverished. With the city's extremely high dropout and low graduation rates a group of five friends felt compelled to take action.
Project L.I.F.T. (Leaving Impressions for Tomorrow) was founded in the Spring of 2013 with a mission to uplift the youth in Camden, New Jersey through Scholarships, Enrichment and Service.
Project L.I.F.T. Inc is also planning to launch a mentoring program named Project Up L.I.F.T., at the start of the 2014-2015 academic school year. The program aims to equip adolescent boys and girls with the tools to proactively plan for their futures, develop a positive sense of self-esteem, and live healthy lifestyles.
Their early childhood literacy program, Breakfast and a Story, has been a hit among the students who attend as well as their parents. Students meet the organization’s board members on Saturday mornings, where they are served a well balanced breakfast before reading a story and complete a craft related to the story's theme.
Still young and growing, the organization is constantly creating new programming initiatives, organizing awareness and fundraising events and community service projects.
For more information on Project L.I.F.T. Inc visit www.projectliftcamden.org.
- Justin M. Cook, Volunteer Director and President of Project L.I.F.T Inc.
Cook received his BA from Hampton University, where he majored in Public Relations and minored in Marketing. Post graduation he began to assist in managing the daily operations of his family’s medical transportation company in Pennsauken, NJ. With both professional and personal connections to the city of Camden, he plans to utilize his leadership, communication, and marketing skills to guide the members of Project L.I.F.T. Inc. to successfully fulfill its mission. Outside of Project L.I.F.T., he plans to embark on other personal and philanthropic ventures. He hopes that one of these paths will be finding an avenue to continue to encourage the LGBT community.