What happens when you combine computer skills, entrepreneurship, social services, youth, and a team of dedicated mentors all in one room? In Camden, you have Hopeworks, a remarkable nonprofit that mixes computer coding classes with life training. CivicStory spoke with students and staff and got a tour.Read More
New Jersey citizens are redefining their relationship to waterfronts. Rivers that once powered an industrial revolution are now seen as environmental and recreational assets - but must first be cleaned of the heavy industrial wastes that were the price of “progress”. Take, for example, the Passaic River that borders Newark’s Ironbound district.Read More
VIDEO: Camden Citizens Share Passion for Renewal at Creative New Jersey's "Call to Collaboration" [3:35]Read More
To address the issue of potential flooding in Newark during heavy rains, a newly released video captures the efforts of a coalition of 14 civic, academic, and service organizations to educate the city’s residents on ways to better manage storm water runoff.Read More
"For change to happen, it has to begin with us," says Allyza Umali, graduate of Rutgers University-Newark. "If we have a voice, then use it!" Six stories about growth and transformation in Newark from 2014 to 2016 feature civic-minded Rutgers-Newark students in film and public administration. Stories highlight the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC), green building research at NJIT, and RU-N graduate Nicole Binns and graduate student Terrell Blount. [16:00]Read More
"I'm excited by the people -particularly younger people - making a reinvestment in the city," says Dr. George Pruitt, President, Thomas Edison State University.
The Trenton Episode of Heart of the City tracks civic renewal and creative change in the Capital City. Stories range from the Roebling Center re-development, Isles community gardens, and the NJ State Museum to the Trenton Thunder (AA baseball team). Pastor Karen Hernandez-Granzen hosts. [26:00]