Rutgers University–Camden offers programs for the greater community through the Office of Civic Engagement and through partners across campus in a variety of areas, including education, economic development, and law and public policy. 


BizEd Program
An intensive two-week summer program for top high school students from Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties, this Rutgers School of Business initiative immerses teens in the principles of business and leadership through the engagement of faculty, guest speakers, field trips, and case studies.
Contact: Rutgers School of Business-Camden

Center for the Arts
Hundreds of children and teens from across southern New Jersey nurture their appreciation of the arts through a variety of innovative education programs developed by the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts. These innovative arts education programs are offered in the schools, at Rutgers, or through distance learning. They build skills and abilities within various arts disciplines; foster self-awareness of individual artistic assets; augment knowledge of the arts in historical and cultural context; and much more. The RCCA also conducts projects that integrate arts into the Camden City neighborhoods.
Contact: Noreen Scott Garrity

Rutgers Future Scholars
As part of a university-wide initiative, the Rutgers Future Scholars work with students from the Camden School District starting in the summer before they enter the eighth grade. The children become part of a unique pre-college culture of university programming, events, support, and mentoring that continues through their high school years. Students who successfully complete the pre-college initiative and are admitted to Rutgers will receive a scholarship covering the cost of their tuition for four years funded through a range of grants and donations.
Contact:  Julia Meluso

Professional Development for Educators
Founded in 2001 as an initiative in Camden to provide improved early childhood education (ECE) training for childcare staff at all levels, the PDPI now is the only early childhood preparation program to provide comprehensive training, credentialing and degree programs from entry-level to master’s degree professionals, and is the only ECE training and credentialing entity within New Jersey fully integrated as part of a University ECE degree program.
Contact: Ingrid Campbell

LEAP (Leadership, Education, And Partnership) Academy University Charter School
Serving 840 Camden children in grades pre-K through 12, LEAP works with Rutgers–Camden to make a profound impact on the children of our host city. Rutgers provides a host of critical services for this charter school, including security, grant administration, and information technology infrastructure.
Contact: Wanda Garcia

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. Jumpstart Corps members have the unique opportunity to inspire young children to learn, serve in the Camden community, work on a team, and build professional skills. All Corps members receive professional-caliber training to help them implement Jumpstart’s outcome-based program, promote children’s school success, and build family involvement.
Contact: Daysi Morales

Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project
Top Rutgers law students are trained to spend a full semester teaching the U.S. Constitution to Camden high school students in an effort to make the Constitution “come alive” for young people.
Contact: Prof. Jill Friedman

Parents Academy for School Reform
Offered through the Rutgers–Camden Community Leadership Center, this initiative helps parents become more effective participants in the overall educational development of their children by increasing parenting skills and designing a training framework that sustains parental engagement in public schools.  
Contact: Stephanie Rogers

Teacher Development and Performance Institute
Offered through the Rutgers–Camden Community Leadership Center, this initiative improves overall school performance and student achievement through professional development and capacity building for faculty and school administrators.  Since 2000, TDPI has served 27 schools and 178 teachers and administrators.
Contact: Wanda Garcia

Street Law Project
Rutgers law students provide practical law-related education to hundreds of disadvantaged young people each semester in schools, detention centers, shelters, and elsewhere in Camden and its vicinity.
Contact: Prof. Jill Friedman


Office of Economic Development
The Office of Economic Development seeks to develop opportunities to engage new audiences in the growth of our host city, and to increase Rutgers–Camden’s services to the State of New Jersey and the City of Camden.
Contact: Greg Gamble

Rutgers–Camden Regional Small Business Development Center
As part of a statewide network, this Rutgers–Camden center helps new and potential small business owners to grow enterprises in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem counties through free and low-cost programs.  
Contact: Clarence Fullard

Rutgers Camden Technology Campus, Inc.
This business incubator is attracting new businesses to Camden where, upon “graduating” from the incubator, Rutgers encourages them to remain in the city or in New Jersey.  The incubator serves dozens of emerging companies that are creating well-paying jobs.  
Contact: Suzanne Zammit

Executive Education
Rutgers IMED provides various educational opportunities to the businesses and individuals of Camden and the surrounding area. Focusing on management education Rutgers IMED provides online workforce development in association with New Jersey One-Stop Career center to provide training to the unemployed.
Contact: Ray Compari

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Project
Offered through the Rutgers Law School, this project provides free assistance for low-income residents seeking help in filing New Jersey and federal tax returns.
Contact: Prof. Pam Mertsock-Wolfe


Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs
Connecting Rutgers throughout southern New Jersey, the Rand Institute engages Rutgers–Camden faculty and students with public administrators, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, and community leaders to address the real-world challenges that shape the lives of state citizens. The Rand Institute offers high-quality policy research; timely technical assistance; and neutral convening of stakeholders and citizens.
Contact: Dr. Gwendolyn Harris

Children’s Justice Clinic
An initiative of the Rutgers Law School, this holistic lawyering program uses multiple strategies and interdisciplinary approaches to resolve problems for Camden youth facing juvenile delinquency charges.  Rutgers law students primarily provide legal representation in juvenile court hearings.
Contact: Prof. Sandra Simkins

Child and Family Advocacy Clinic
This Rutgers–Camden legal clinic represents children in child abuse and neglect cases in Family Court in Camden, and represent children in administrative hearings and proceedings regarding public benefits, education, immigration, medical and mental health issues.
Contact: Prof. Meredith Schalick

Civil Practice Clinic
A range of legal support services for Camden residents is offered through this Rutgers Law School program.
Contact: Tracy Overton, Esq.

Domestic Violence Clinic
The Domestic Violence Clinic provides legal advice and representation to people seeking domestic violence restraining orders in Camden County and occasionally in Burlington and Gloucester counties.
Contact: Prof. Victoria Chase

Pro Bono Bankruptcy Project
In this program, Rutgers–Camden law students partner with practicing bankruptcy attorneys to prepare filings in Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases, giving clients a fresh start.
Contact: Prof. Pam Mertsock-Wolfe

Pro Bono Financial Literacy Project
Through this project, Rutgers law students visit Camden high schools and other sites to teach children and teens about credit, debt, and budgeting.
Contact: Prof. Jill Friedman

Pro Bono Mediation Project
Trained Rutgers law students help to facilitate dispute resolutions.
Contact: Prof. Pam Mertsock-Wolfe

Camden Corporation Watch
Rutgers collaborates closely with the city’s law enforcement agencies, including the Camden Police Department, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, to promote interagency cooperation.

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