Shirley Moy, who has led the college’s Center for Social Policy and Community Development (CSPCD) since 2009, was named executive director of the new North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative (NPWI).
Funded by a grant from the Lenfest foundation, the NPWI aims to disrupt poverty and stimulate revitalization in North Philadelphia by providing evidence-based career pathway programs that enable local residents to secure positions that pay family-sustaining wages.
“In this community, we have people who have this spectrum of skill sets, from those who have very advanced degrees to those who are still working toward their high school equivalency,” Moy told Temple Now. “My vision is providing opportunities for folks along the spectrum of their abilities, plus the spectrum of their desired abilities. So it’s not about keeping them where they are, but if they’re aspiring to advance or acquire additional skills, to help them get those skill sets and get those opportunities they’re seeking through whatever resources the university can offer.”
Founded in 1969, the CSPCD provides opportunities for Temple University students, staff and faculty to exchange creative ideas, resources and services with residents, grassroots organizations, social service agencies and government entities to addressing social and cultural determinants of health. Through its community health worker training program, the Center has expanded the healthcare workforce in the Philadelphia region.
As director of the CSPCD, Moy has served as principal investigator on multiple grants that helped to develop the community and enhance workforce and educational opportunities for local residents.