Camden youth outreach program gets dream home

"We have much more space than we ever had before."

Andrew Kramer
October 20, 2018 - 9:12 am

CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) - The future is looking bright for one South Jersey program that aims to better the lives of teenagers and young adults in the area.

"We're an educational outreach program in the City of Camden," explained Kristin Prinn, founder of LUCY Outreach (Lifting Up Camden's Youth). "We provide educational, social, leadership, and service oriented programming to 12-25 year olds."

And now LUCY has cut the ribbon on its new and improved, permanent home located on Federal Street, one that Prinn hopes will allow them to help Camden youth in more ways than ever before.

"We were serving about 500 youth annually, I think we'll be able to double to 1,000 within our first year," she said. "I think expanding our services in terms of college and career programming, supporting our youth in every aspect of their lives."

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"We have much more space than we ever had before," added 15-year-old Cristian Camacho, a member of LUCY for the last five years. 

Camacho called LUCY "one, big family," and admitted he went wide-eyed when he first walked into the program's new forever home.

"We first came from a basement basically," he told KYW Newsradio, "and this place, a beautiful house with more to come, it's amazing."

Now that LUCY has found the property Prinn said they "dreamed of," the next phase involves adding around 6,000 square feet to the property.

You can learn more about the programs offered at LUCY here