Meet the Ones Behind It all
How It All Began
Jacqueline Maria Santiago-Vicente
Jacqueline Santiago, a proud native of Camden, New Jersey, has dedicated the majority of her life to community activism. Her unwavering commitment lies in engaging the community through positive and family-friendly events, with the ultimate goal of giving back and transforming our neighborhoods. Jacqueline firmly believes that by working together, we can eradicate blight and create a beautiful environment for everyone in Camden.
Meet Diego Vicente, our dynamic and youngest team member! Since the 4th grade, Diego has dedicated himself to North Camden's Community Gardens, encouraging youth to participate in group activities and fostering positive relationships. With his vibrant personality and love for the garden, he's a favorite among kids who enjoy playing alongside him.
Diego goes beyond the garden by helping community children and mentoring fellow interns. As the Media Director of NCCG, he manages social media and news reports, showcasing his excellent communication skills. Diego not only excels in his role but also guides others professionally in various situations.
Diego's unwavering commitment to empowering youth and building community is commendable. He embodies leadership and sets an inspiring example for all.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Erielys Vicente, a Teen Youth Leader and Administrative Assistant, discovered a profound and transformative experience by volunteering for North Camden Community Gardens. Having witnessed her community evolve over the past 19 years, Erielys developed a deep passion for supporting and giving back to her neighborhood. Her dedication lies in engaging fellow teens through gardening activities that foster STEM learning and nurture entrepreneurship skills. Erielys believes in empowering young individuals to become active participants in their community while equipping them with valuable knowledge for their future endeavors.
Meet Hector, the powerhouse behind it all. As the Manager of NCCG's Field crew, he tackles a wide range of tasks, from lifting and transporting 300lbs. of coffee to ensuring the garden's impeccable maintenance by cutting and cleaning. Beyond the garden, Hector goes the extra mile by assisting elderly residents in the community with their lawn care needs. His strength and dedication make everything possible, as he tirelessly works to create a beautiful and thriving environment for all.
Meet the Interns!
Introducing Mastery High school's Garden Interns!
Compost Team Manager