CarpentryFive soon-to-be graduates at Camden, NJ’s Mastery High School have landed apprenticeships at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, where they will learn and practice over the next four years. These students will also earn pay reaching $53 an hour with full benefits after their apprenticeships.

CAIT’s Rutgers Youth Success Program (RYSP) was in the news recently for its work supporting Camden, NJ youth in finding sustainable employment throughout the transportation industry.

Specifically, a group of 2023 graduates from the Mastery High School will soon be starting paid apprenticeships at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America — where they will study tuition-free for the next four years. RYSP aided many of these students in developing critical automotive and transportation skills over the past year, and helped connect them with career opportunities.

Supported by a Camden Education Fund grant, Mastery High School currently has 50 students enrolled in its pathway program designed to combine education with paid internships for students not planning on taking the college path.

Read the full coverage here.

CAIT’s Rutgers Youth Success Program provides support to justice-impacted and other vulnerable young people in Camden NJ — using the transportation and infrastructure sectors to create sustainable employment opportunities for young people from this historically marginalized community.

RYSP is supported by two New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development grants, “Bridges to Employing Youth” and “Youth Transitioning to Work.”

Since launching in March 2022, CAIT has established an experienced staff from the local community that provides the young participants with trauma-informed and strengths-based case management, job readiness, career exposure, work experience, and educational, legal, and wraparound support services. In Year 1, the program engaged 90 16–24-year-old participants from the Camden area and attracted more than $1.2 million dollars of support to the city.

Learn more about the Rutgers Youth Success Program here.