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CAMPBELL SOUP SUMMER PROGRAM GIVES OPPORTUNITIES TO 5,000 YOUTHS

 CAMPBELL SOUP SUMMER PROGRAM GIVES OPPORTUNITIES TO 5,000 YOUTHS
 CAMDEN, N.J., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Through the award-winning "Campbell Summer Program," a variety of Camden organizations are providing summertime educational, employment, recreational and cultural opportunities for Camden youths.
 Campbell Soup Company has contributed $175,000 to this year's efforts.
 Sixteen area organizations -- each offering Camden children constructive summer activities -- are the recipients of grants through Campbell's 17th annual Camden Summer Program.
 Camden Mayor Aaron Thompson said, "This is a unique public/private partnership that has worked for 17 years, and helps make Camden better."
 Through The Campbell Foundation, Campbell has contributed more than $1.8 million to Camden summer programs since 1975. More than 5,000 Camden children are participating in program activities this year.
 This year's program includes the following grants:
 -- $40,000 to the Camden Board of Education for its work-study program that provides 200 disadvantaged city students with opportunities for work experience along with classroom studies. All jobs will be in the public sector. The New Jersey Department of Education's Vocational Division will match the Campbell grant.
 -- $23,000 to Respond, Inc. to place 100 low-income high school students in private-sector jobs. Eight local college students will supervise this program.
 -- $18,000 for the Camden County Office of Economic Opportunity to provide employment opportunities in the private sector. Eleven college students will be employed to supervise 110 low-income students.
 -- $15,000 to the City of Camden Department of Human Services to operate six public school gymnasiums for basketball league play and other supervised recreational activities. Films, board games, arts and crafts also will be components of the program, designed to occupy more than 800 young people during summer evenings. Considerable spectator participation is anticipated.
 -- $11,000 to the Perkins Center of the Arts for its annual Summer Arts and Creative Camp which will bring together 80 children from diverse backgrounds for a month-long study period.
 -- $10,000 to the Camden County Council of Boy Scouts of America to underwrite camping trips for more than 116 Camden boys.
 -- $10,000 to the YMCA of Camden County to support a summer day-camp program.
 -- $10,000 to the Camden Board of Education for a peer group training program.
 -- $10,000 to the Neighborhood Center for its summer enrichment program for urban youngsters. Children will sharpen their academic skills and participate in recreational and cultural activities.
 -- $9,000 to the Black Peoples Unity Movement's Impact Corporation to help support a program designed to teach 45 children science, art, history, music and other subjects over a nine-week period.
 -- $7,500 to the Children's Literacy Initiative for a reading enrichment program for 100 children.
 -- $3,000 to PRIME (Philadelphia Regional Introduction for Minorities to Engineering) to support science-based courses for 350 area students.
 Smaller grants totalling approximately $6,000 to support a range of recreational and cultural activities were made to other local organizations the Salvation Army, the Camden County Office of Economic Opportunity and the Fair Share Housing Development.
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