Nonprofit Profile: Hopeworks’ H.O.P.E. Summit helps advance careers

Hopeworks, a Camden-based nonprofit and social enterprise, recently hosted its first annual H.O.P.E. Summit, a transformative event that brought together thought leaders, professionals and advocates committed to shaping a brighter future for young adults.

Hopeworks propels young adults ages 17 to 27 into long-term, living-wage careers.

The 2024 H.O.P.E. Summit showcased a series of panel discussions, networking opportunities and interactive workshops, focusing on crucial topics such as digital literacy, professional development and navigating artificial intelligence.

The impact of Hopeworks

$1.29M: Wages and stipends paid last 12 months.

91%: 12-month retention rate.

$286: Average annual wage at entry.

$41,142: Average wage at exit.

Attendees received insightful perspectives from renowned industry leaders, including Kevin Rice of Campbell Soup Co., M.G. Pinizzotto of Subaru of America, Mindy Kang of Comcast and more.

By curating engaging panel discussions, educational workshops and networking sessions, the H.O.P.E. Summit created an environment where attendees could explore various industries and pathways to higher education.

“The inaugural H.O.P.E Summit was a transformative event that left a lasting impact on all attendees. It provided a unique platform for individuals to experience a truly immersive and empowering journey towards personal and professional growth,” Angel Serrano, senior director of development at Hopeworks, said. “The significance of the H.O.P.E. Summit for our region cannot be overstated. It plays a pivotal role in bridging the gap between talented individuals and the resources needed to unlock their full potential. We are deeply grateful for the support we’ve received from our community, partners and beyond who helped make this event a success.”

The event was sponsored by Seer Interactive, Holman, Campbell Soup, CDW, Subaru, Pinelands Preservation Alliance and NJM Insurance Group.

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