Funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Rutgers Youth Success Program is a collaboration between researchers at Rutgers University and the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) that provides state-of-the-art trauma-informed and strengths-based case management services to vulnerable populations in Camden County and statewide. 

The program utilizes its network of regional and statewide partners to connect justice-impacted youth with new employment opportunities in the transportation and infrastructure fields. 

Rutgers Youth Success Program (RYSP)

Rutgers Youth Success Program (RYSP) has been the premier innovative urban youth development division of Rutgers University, serving out-of-school, disconnected, and justice-impacted youth and young adults across New Jersey. Rutgers Youth Success Program has been dedicated to helping the youth of New Jersey improve their quality of life and become productive members of our workforce and society. To this end, education and employment assistance is provided, as well as support services, with an individualized, comprehensive approach to positive youth development.

Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)

Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) focuses on preserving, rehabilitating, and improving infrastructure; boosting network resilience; reducing life-cycle costs; and increasing mobility and safety. CAIT tackles some of the country’s most pressing infrastructure challenges, especially those that are endemic in high-volume multimodal corridors like the Northeast. The bulk of our efforts fall within several broad areas: assessing and monitoring the health of bridges, roads, and pipelines; creating revolutionary technologies, materials, and tools; formulating strategies to prolong the service life of infrastructure; and training the current and future workforce. CAIT develops practical tools and processes that can be applied—not in theory, not on paper, not five years in the future—but as mainstream tools in the hands of transportation professionals solving real-world problems right now. Since 1998, CAIT has been a University Transportation Center (UTC)—an elite group of academic research institutions sanctioned and supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. It was named one of only five National UTCs in 2013 and selected to lead the Region 2 UTC in 2018.

Rutgers University

As the premier comprehensive public research university in the state’s system of higher education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has a threefold mission: providing for the instructional needs of New Jersey’s citizens through undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs; conducting the cutting-edge research that contributes to the medical, environmental, social and cultural well-being of the state, as well as aiding the economy and the state’s businesses and industries; and performing public service in support of the needs of the citizens of the state and its local, county and state governments. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence, to conducting research that breaks new ground, and to providing services, solutions, and care that help our local and global communities.

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