Study seeks to understand region’s workforce challenges

WRI is partnering with the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and Cooper’s Ferry Partnership to gather valuable information about the region’s workforce. The project, Seeking Work in South Jersey, aims to better understand the barriers facing both employers looking to hire and job seekers looking to connect or re-connect to the workforce.

South Jersey schools and vulnerability to recession: an updated brief

In April 2020, WRI released a report written by Faculty Fellow Michael Hayes examining the 25 largest South Jersey school districts’ financial status and vulnerability to financial recession. This follow up brief examines the financial status of all 179 school districts in southern New Jersey.

A virtual celebration of outstanding “South Jerseyans”

On October 1, the Walter & Leah Rand Awards and Scholarship Dinner goes virtual. It is the first time that this annual event will be hosted online, showcasing the extraordinary contributions of three South Jersey citizens named “South Jerseyans of the Year.” Additionally, a special recognition, the Lifetime Achievement Award, will be presented to The … Continue reading A virtual celebration of outstanding “South Jerseyans”

Gaining perspective on civic engagement

WRI is partnering with the NJ YMCA State Alliance (NJYSA) to better understand the perspectives of young people and stakeholders about building youth civic engagement in their communities through focus groups and interviews conducted with youth, young adults, and stakeholders. NJYSA initiated this project to learn more about how it could improve service delivery and increase civic engagement among young people.

Local Environments and Influence on COVID-19 Mortality

Why is mortality so high in some counties compared to other counties? Is it because of long term care facilities? Population age? Pre-existing conditions? Proximity to big cities? Or is it related to community-level factors, like poverty, race and ethnicity, or community cohesion? A new study led by WRI Faculty Director Sarah Allred and Emily Greenfield, an associate professor of social work at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will seek to understand these patterns, not just at the county level, but also at the municipality level.