A new partnership between the Camden Dream Center and Tallo, one of the nation’s largest online platforms for connecting talented students with employers and universities, will support STEM and career readiness initiatives for students aged 13 and up, plus provide postsecondary education and workforce opportunities to the local community.
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The Camden Dream Center is a New Jersey nonprofit that works to improve quality of life for underserved communities in Camden and the surrounding areas through comprehensive, community-based services in education, professional development, and the eradication of hunger.
Nine out of 10 Camden residents are African American or Hispanic, 40% live in poverty and 33% have no high school diploma. According to Data USA, the median household income is just over $26,000 per year.
Together, Tallo and the Camden Dream Center intend to improve those statistics.
“Our children dream of successful careers and a successful life just like every other community in America,” said Pastor Keith Davis, director of the Camden Dream Center, and career technologist. “The center actively engages with all Camden youth to improve their quality of life and provide them with STEM opportunities to foster careers in areas they might not have access to in their traditional school setting. Our work with Tallo will be the next big step in helping them do that.”
Tallo and the Camden Dream Center’s new partnership will allow all students older than 13 to create a free Tallo account, through which they can keep track of the skills they acquire and connect with thousands of workforce and postsecondary education opportunities across the country.
“Communities like Camden have traditionally been marginalized when it comes to college and career recruiting,” said Casey Welch, president and CEO of Tallo. “Technology helps level the playing field, giving students the opportunity to be recruited by college programs and obtain valuable job-related skills. It also gives companies a wider talent pool to choose from, with students who early on gain the skills needed to help their company succeed.”
Learn more about the Camden Dream Center by visiting: https://www.camdendreamcenter.org.
About Camden Dream Center:
Camden Dream Center is part of The South Jersey STEM & Innovation Partnership, is one of four designated STEM ecosystems across New Jersey, and is one of 69 across North America and Mexico. You can learn more about the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network and the four New Jersey STEM learning ecosystems by visiting www.njstempathways.org.
Tallo (formerly STEM Premier) is an online platform that connects talent with opportunities. The Tallo app assists students in designing a career pathway, educators in recruiting top talent to their schools, and employers in developing a stable, continuous talent pipeline. Students (age 13+) and professionals showcase their skills and abilities in their online profile, connect directly with companies and colleges looking for the next generation of talent, and match with over $20 billion in scholarships. For more information, visit www.tallo.com.