Camden Ignite

Camden Ignite is a collaborative education program driven by and concentrated in the North Camden community, a neighborhood of Camden, New Jersey.

Partnership Fuels Camden Ignite

Through after-school and extracurricular learning, the combined efforts of our partners spark community learning and discovery in Camden:

  • elementary and middle school students
  • their parents, teachers, and schools support staffs
  • civic-minded college students, volunteers, faculty, and staff at Rutgers University–Camden
  • a host of Ignite partners from Camden City and its surrounding region
  • the New Jersey Department of Education

Camden Ignite's Mission

To spark student discovery through STEM, art, athletics, and literacy enrichment, mentoring, and college exposure for North Camden students in grade 4–8 after school and during the summer.

Goals

  • Generate a student interest in and capability of attending and completing college.
  • Improve student academic achievement and conduct through inquiry-based instruction and high-quality programming.
  • Collaborate with school staff to align and complement programming with school day instruction in order to assist school staff in reaching their goals.
  • Promote parental involvement by providing opportunities to plan and engage in programming.
  • Enhance university-based instruction in order to assist school staff in reaching their goals.
  • Improve and adjust programming based on routine evaluations.

Structure

Ignite serves approximately 250 students in extended-day programming at Camden Community Charter School, Cooper’s Poynt, Mastery School’s North Camden Elementary, Molina, and Pyne Poynt during the Camden City School District academic year.

A Rutgers–Camden student site coordinator and school-based master teacher co-coordinate each of these programs. During the summer, 100 students take part in Ignite on the Rutgers–Camden campus. Certified teachers implement remediation lessons and a variety of partners, students, and teachers engage students in project based learning clubs, whose results are showcased at the end of each semester and summer. Rutgers–Camden undergraduate students serve as education ambassadors, or assistant teachers.

Ignite is one program within the North Camden Schools Partnerships initiative, which aims to maximize student learning and strengthen families and their neighborhood through leveraging university resources, while also enhancing the education of RutgersCamden students and faculty research.

Funding

Camden Ignite is made possible through a five-year 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program grant from the New Jersey Department of Education, awarded in fall, 2012.