The All-Star program was conceived by Tyheem Baker, a Camden-based community activist, who heads Rebirth of Camden. The program is designed to make the connection between hard work and positive outcomes for youth facing adversity. Participating youth learn the value of collaboration, teamwork, and commitment with an opportunity to annually participate in this special event where youth are given trophies and jerseys for their participation. Baker noted that, “The program came together after I recognized that Camden youth would benefit from a positive program where work ethic and motivation are rewarded with a chance to play on the court at the Wells Fargo Center.”
Baker reached out to Better Tomorrows to connect the program with the individuals who would most benefit from the rewards of this opportunity. Rebecca Tone, President and CEO of Better Tomorrows, recalls, “This type of collaboration is just the type of partnership that Better Tomorrows seeks. Whenever we can tie local, meaningful programs to the communities we serve, it’s a win-win situation.”
Aside from the ability to play on the Wells Fargo court, participants as well as an additional 106 affordable housing youth and their families had the opportunity to attend the Philadelphia 76ers home game against the Charlotte Bobcats. These tickets were generously donated by the Philadelphia 76ers and distributed by Baker.
Better Tomorrows organized participation from youth and families from seven affordable housing developments across the greater Philadelphia region: McGuire Gardens, West Poplar Apartments, Kensington Townhouses, Haddington Townhouses, Sharswood Townhouses, Jackie’s Garden and Courtyard Apartments. These communities are owned and managed by The Michaels Organization, which has a strategic partnership with Better Tomorrows to provide supportive services to its residents
About Better Tomorrows
Better Tomorrows serves residents of affordable housing sites across the nation. The organization partners with property management companies to gain direct access to low-income residents and the surrounding community. Its mission is to empower individuals, families, and neighborhoods to thrive. The Better Tomorrows impact-driven social service model is aimed at fostering economic stability, educational success, healthy lifestyles and strong communities. By providing a continuum of direct support to affordable housing residents and the neighboring communities, Better Tomorrows’ place-based programming and case management build safe and nurturing environments and uplift over 40,000 youth, adults, families, seniors, and individuals with special needs across 121 sites nationally.
About The Michaels Organization:
The Michaels Organization is a family of eight integrated but independent companies dedicated to excellence in affordable, mixed-income, military, and student housing. Our mission is to create attractive residential communities for families, seniors, military service members, and students that stand the test of time and that are managed to maximize long-term value for residents as well as investors. Serving more than 100,000 residents in 360communities across 34 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and with a development portfolio valued in excess of $ 3.5 billion, The Michaels Organization is a national leader in the residential real estate industry, with full service capabilities in development, property and asset management, construction, mortgage finance, and tax credit syndication. Visit http://www.TheMichaelsOrg.com for more information.
About Rebirth of Camden
Rebirth of Camden’s mission is to give back to the city of Camden by helping local youth recognize their leadership potential and civic pride through programming, activities and positive role models. Rebirth of Camden Charity Organization helps the children in the local community achieve success by offering academic programs, athletic programs, assistance with completing job applications and filling out college applications. The organization fosters an environment that encourages learning, leadership and builds self-esteem.