Program engages youth to curb violence across the state

One by one Camden County residents were asked to light a candle in memory of a loved one they lost and then write their name on a card. The activity kicked off the Camden County’s Youth Advocate Program’s annual “Sixty-Four Days, A Summer of Peace” campaign.

Camden County’s Youth Advocate Program runs the program that oversees 200 kids ages 6-18. The nonprofit operates in every New Jersey county, but in Camden it’s working with 108 court-involved youth. The program serves as an alternative to youth incarceration and other out-of-home placement.

Many of the program’s staff are hired from the community. The goal of the event is to make sure that kids are engaged in other activities in order to keep them off the street. Events like a “Summer of Peace” are an opportunity for them to identify their strengths and talents.