Kristin Prinn, MSW, LCSW
Executive Director & Founder
Kristin founded LUCY (“Lifting Up Camden’s Youth”) Outreach in order to address the challenges that Camden’s youth face daily including teen delinquency, gang and drug recruitment and involvement, substance abuse in the home, teen pregnancy and a struggling public school system by filling the void created by these issues through educational, social, spiritual and service-oriented programming.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Saint Joseph’s University, Kristin served a one-year mission with Associate Missionaries of the Assumption along the United States-Mexico border in the Mexican colonia Chaparral in New Mexico. She stayed two more years to study and work and volunteer in the border region. As a missionary, she worked with gang involved youth in the community, schools and juvenile prison. In those years, she earned her master’s degree in social work from New Mexico State University and became fluent in Spanish.
When she moved back to Philadelphia, she looked across the Delaware and thought Camden would be a great fit for the next chapter of her life. She worked in youth ministry at St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, while completing 4,000 clinical hours as an in-home therapist, working with Camden’s highest risk youth.
In 2012, the program officially became known as LUCY Outreach, though the impact of LUCY has been present much longer than the name. Since 2008, 170 of the program’s participants have graduated from high school. All of them are enrolled in some form of higher education or active-duty military service. In her own words, “I am committed to providing love, support and resources to this population, in hopes of someday, them having the opportunity to choose an alternative to life on the streets, as every child deserves.”
*Above text adapted from SJU Alumni entry
As a college senior, Dan first stepped through the doors of LUCY as a weekly service site coordinator for Saint Joseph’s University campus ministry. His role was simply to gather a group of students once or twice a week to come and participate in evening programs with the youth. Little did he know that this simple task would develop into a strong, lasting relationship with the organization. After graduating from Saint Joseph’s in 2011 with a BS in Decision and System Sciences (now Business Intelligence), he began a career in IT consulting and auditing. Dan continued to volunteer on weeknights and for weekend trips, all the while strengthening his ties with LUCY’s youth, staff, and volunteers. Aside from helping out in-person, he devoted his time and expertise in the technological realm remotely when possible.
After working in his post-graduate position for two years, Dan moved to Portland, Oregon where he worked at a Montessori school, teaching and interacting with the young children, maintaining three separate garden properties, and caring for the school’s numerous animals (including building an entire chicken run!). From a distance, he remained in contact with the program and continued to provide support. Due to this continued relationship, Dan felt the calling of a great opportunity when a new opening was created. He excitedly assumed the Operations Coordinator position and is glad to be able to grow and contribute to LUCY from within!