Participant Profiles

Hopeworks Camden

About the Organization

With a focus on education, technology, and entrepreneurship, Hopeworks provides a positive, healing atmosphere that propels young people to build strong futures and break the cycle of violence and poverty.

They connect youth to life-changing opportunities where their growing technology skills go to work for enterprising businesses within their community. The real-world, on-the-job experience they gain raises their potential and benefits their partners.

Their work of connecting youth to life-changing opportunities is, fundamentally, the work of building a more just and equitable society.

Lawrence Burden
Assistant Director of Career Readiness

Project Lead

Lawrence Burden currently serves in the role Assistant Director of Career Readiness at Hopeworks Camden located in Camden NJ.  Lawrence has been with Hopeworks for just under two years and continues to contribute greatly to the success of participating Young Professionals.  Lawrence strives to utilize a unique trauma-informed approach, combined with high-demand, high wage technical training and paid work experience which helps young people not only get the job, but keep it, transforming their lives and the lives of their families.