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Kristin Prinn, MSW, LCSW

(She/Her)
Executive Director & Founder

Kristin Prinn, MSW, LCSW, has been a leader in the South Jersey nonprofit circuit for eighteen years.

The Founder and Executive Director of LUCY Outreach, a youth development center, serving 600+ youth and and their families, in Camden, NJ, annually. Kristin moved to Philadelphia 25 years ago to begin her journey at Saint Joseph’s University, where she studied Sociology & Criminal Justice, and participated in numerous weekly service and service immersion experiences throughout Philadelphia, on the Navajo Nation, and her favorite, the United States/Mexico Border, all of which led her to a passion for and career in Social Work. 

 

Upon graduating in 2004, Kristin accepted a position working for the Associate Missionaries of the Assumption, in the Mexican colonia of Chaparral, New Mexico. She lived and worked in the border region for 3 years and was immediately drawn to meeting the needs of youth who were involved in gangs, and families who had recently emigrated. Her work began at a grassroots level, within the community, then expanded into the local middle and high schools, as well as one year in a juvenile boys’ prison. During this time, Kristin obtained her Masters in Social Work from New Mexico State University, and became fluent in Spanish.

Kristin moved back to the Northeast in 2007 and began her work in Youth Ministry at St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, a Catholic parish in East Camden. Concurrently, she completed 5,000 clinical hours as an in-home therapist on Center for Family Service’s Multisystemic Therapy team. After three years, she obtained her Clinical License. At that time, “Lifting Up Camden’s Youth” (LUCY) Outreach, affectionately named by the youth participants themselves, was created. The program, which started as a drop-in church “youth group” in a parking lot, was established to address the particular challenges faced by youth and families with low incomes, growing up in Camden city and throughout the county, a majority of whom were first generation.

In 2018, LUCY grew exponentially, purchasing its dream 1-acre property. and have completed construction on the expansion of an additional 10,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, youth center. . youth center, which opened in November of 2023. Also in 2023, LUCY made a purchase of the neighboring lot at 3199 Federal Street, which will complete the LUCY campus in the future. The original 3,500 square foot building, which has become a hub for parent/guardian and alumni support services, as well as a food pantry site, in 2024, was renovated too. The goal is to expand services, exponentially, and serve 1000+ youth and families annually by 2025. 

Kristin successfully led her first capital campaign of $2.8mm, during the pandemic, which built the aforementioned center, which will enable LUCY and its staff to become a trauma-informed and                  -responsive nonprofit, better able address the needs of Camden County youth and families’, increase capacity, and impact long-term change within the city by growing and developing organizational leadership with program alumni, both as volunteers and staff. To-date, 5 of 9 program staff are graduates of their respective programs, and all but one are residents of Camden. 

Kristin’s proudest professional accomplishment has been the incredible growth and capacity building of LUCY, from a single-staff Catholic youth group in 2007, to becoming the premier youth development center for teens in Camden City, with an excellent reputation not only throughout the county but throughout the state of New Jersey. Her priority areas and values include: child and family welfare, human rights and racial justice, community empowerment, social and economic justice, DEI in the workplace, substance misuse disorder, immigration reform, mental health, advocacy for and support of the whole family, and program development.

 

Awards & Honors

    • Nonprofit of the Year, Volunteer Center of South Jersey, Jersey Cares; awarded to LUCY in recognition of its exemplary practices in leadership, management, innovation, collaboration, and impact. LUCY’s passion, commitment, and continued dedication to the youth in the City of Camden is seen and appreciated greatly.
    • Honorary Doctorate, Neumann University; awarded to Executive Director, Kristin Prinn, a Doctor of Humane Letters for significant contributions to society through creation of and work at LUCY Outreach.
    • Paul Harris Fellow, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International; recognizes Executive Director, Kristin Prinn, in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world. 
    • TD Ready Challenge Recipient, TD Bank; LUCY was selected as one of six recipients in the US and one of fifteen in all of North America, for $625,000, to continue its great work of addressing learning loss during Covid-19.
    • Outstanding Fundraising Professional, Association of Fundraising Professionals of New Jersey, Southern Chapter; recognizes Executive Director, Kristin Prinn, for success in South Jersey fundraising, specifically with its $2.8mm Capital Campaign.
    • Community  Service Award, Regional Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Southern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey;  recognizes Executive Director, Kristin Prinn, for her “exemplary work encompassing patient care, academic pursuits, and community service”. 
    • Women’s Leadership Award, NJ Center for Hispanic Policy, Research & Development; recognizes Executive Director, Kristin Prinn, by the state of New Jersey, and Governor Murphy, as “an exceptional Executive Director in the state of New Jersey, for going above and beyond for Hispanic families during Covid-19”.
    • Finalist and winner of $100,000 Core Mission Grant, Impact100 South Jersey ; voted by South Jersey leaders, nonprofit peers, and philanthropists,  which will enable LUCY to become a trauma-informed agency that integrates trauma-informed principles and practices into our organizational culture.
    • Philadelphia 76ers “Game Changer” Award, First Trust Bank; recognizes LUCY for being an organization that focuses on mentoring the next generation of leaders and innovators in our communities, specifically LGBTQ+ youth through LUCY’s Haven program.  
  • Chancellor’s Award for Civic Engagement, Rutgers University; recognizes LUCY for its “extraordinary service to the youth of Camden city & consistent openness to partnerships with students, faculty, staff & alumni.”
    • Faces of Philanthropy Award, Philadelphia Business Journal; recognizes LUCY for impactful community partnership with American Water in Camden. 
  • Ignatius Award, Saint Joseph’s University; recognizes Executive Director, Kristin Prinn, as it is bestowed upon a graduate within the past 20 years who lives a life of service to others, consistent with the principles of saint Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Jesuit order.

*LUCY has also been featured multiple times on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, Good Morning Philadelphia, and numerous ongoing stories within the Philadelphia Inquirer & Courier Post. All press coverage can be seen on our website.

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