Artist in Residence and Founder of Camden’s Sophisticated Sisters

The mission of the Camden Sophisticated Sisters (CSS) Drill Team is to motivate, educate and empower youth through the structure and discipline of a drill team and the performing arts.

CSS believes in the potential that exists in each child, and it is our mission to cultivate, nurture and inspire every single one of them. CSS is a drill team, one of the best in the United States, specializing in various styles of dance

But the structure, discipline and fun of the drill team are really just the beginning of CSS. More than a drill team for these kids, it‘s a safe haven. It’s a support system. It’s a loving family. It’s a way of life.

CSS teaches not only the art of dance, but also the power of education and the importance of service. The organization mandates that each member maintain a C average or better and complete at least 200 hours of community service annually.

Through the years, CSS has seen more than 4,000 children successfully come through the program. The organization boasts a 100% graduation rate with 90% of its team members attending institutions of higher learning. CSS partners with the parents, teachers, schools and community organizations to ensure every member has the advocacy and resources they need to thrive. Tawanda Jones personally conducts home and school visits to encourage academic and social growth