From our President and CEO
A new year brings a sense of renewal and fresh perspectives. For PYN, 2017 comes with exciting new goals as well as a clearer, bolder purpose. This new purpose led PYN to declare a new clearer, bolder vision statement: To alleviate poverty and inequity through education and employment. We recognize the changes in both national and local landscapes, and the need to evolve our strategies in order to better face these challenges. That is why PYN spent the last year in a strategic planning process that allowed us to reflect, ask ourselves why we do this work, and create a plan to ensure that our efforts generate better and greater impact. It was through this process that 2020 Vision, our new strategic plan emerged. 

Our strategic planning process made it clear that we needed to take more coordinated action to address the real and complex issues of poverty and inequity. Research tells us that of the 10 largest U.S. cities, Philadelphia struggles with the highest rate of deep poverty, 12.2% of households with income below half of the poverty line. It also shows that Philadelphia has high levels of disparity among income, housing value, and education level, further compounding the challenges Philadelphia faces. We know that these issues have serious implications for our young people, the city of Philadelphia, as well as other communities beyond our own.

We realize that in order to achieve our vision, we need to do our work differently, and that includes talking about our work differently-being clearer about what we're trying to accomplish, smarter about how we get there, and bolder in our approach. In 2020 Vision, we have identified three roles for PYN and accompanying goals to create the necessary change in our communities:

This plan fully recognizes that education and employment are two of the most effective pathways out of poverty. PYN has always worked to create access to opportunities for underserved young people with barriers to education and employment and will continue to do so. However, we also realize that for, every one person who was given an opportunity to succeed and for every one success story we hear, there are dozens of unseen young people who did not have access to these opportunities. This is why we will not stop until we have created a coordinated system that prioritizes equitable access and addresses the systemic causes of poverty. 

We have entered this year re-energized and we are excited to implement 2020 Vision in July 2017. We acknowledge the enormity of this vision, and recognize that we cannot create this change alone. As we embark on this new beginning, we look forward to working together to accomplish our goals with our dedicated service-provider partners, our investors, and of course our young people-because every young person deserves the chance to achieve their dreams.

Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend
visionPYN releases new strategic plan
On Thursday, January 12, PYN released 2020 Vision, a strategic plan that outlines the organization's goals for the next three years. Using education and employment as pathways out of poverty and inequity, PYN created three roles and accompanying goals to better capture the full scope of work and strategic direction:
As a system builder, PYN will use collective impact efforts to coordinate and align funding and create robust, dynamic and diverse services that have a true career-connected education system with new entry points for vulnerable populations. The goal is to expand our coordinated system of services to provide 20,000 opportunities by 2020.

As an innovation incubator, PYN will actively pursue cutting-edge approaches by using technology to learn, improve and scale three effective pilots for vulnerable populations with one or more barriers to education and employment, local and nationally by 2020.
As a strategic consultant, PYN will learn, plan and share our best practices with other communities in an effort to replicate systems and services that can be scaled to serve more young people beyond Philadelphia. By 2020, PYN's goal is to collaborate with two communities beyond the Pennsylvania boarder
2020 Vision was released at an inaugural Annual Meeting to a targeted group of stakeholders. The event included a panel discussion, moderated by PYN Board Chair Jeffrey Brown, Brown's Super Stores, Inc., included; Lili Allen, Jobs for the Future; John Colborn, JEVS Human Services; Jim Dever, Bank of America; and Otis Hackney, City of Philadelphia. 
Make a commitment to youth employment, support WorkReady Summer 2017
Fundraising efforts are ramping up in order to serve more young people this summer. To reach the city's goal of 16,000 employment opportunities by 2020, WorkReady Philadelphia and city officials ask the business community and philanthropy to support WorkReady. During the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce 34th annual mayoral luncheon, held on February 2, Mayor Jim Kenney gave the business community seven actions that will better the workplace and the city of Philadelphia. The first action was to host summer jobs. Fundraising for WorkReady Philadelphia kicked off on November 29, 2016, with a press conference at City HallSpeakers at the press conference included Mayor Jim Kenney; Michael DiBerardinis, Managing Director, City of Philadelphia; John Fry, President, Drexel and Board Chair, GPCC; Jude Husein, WorkReady participant; and Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO, PYN.

Philadelphia highlighted at national forum for summer jobs
Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney was selected alongside Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville to serve as a panelist at the United States Conference of Mayors 85th Winter Meeting held in Washington, DC on January 17. The mayors were asked to speak at the special working session: Summer Jobs Plus - How to Create Summer Jobs Programming that Leads to Long-Term Youth Employment. Other panelists included, Julie Teer, Chief Development & Public Affairs Officer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Martha Ross, Fellow for the Metropolitan Policy Program Brookings. Philadelphia's robust summer youth employment program was further highlighted at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council with Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO of PYN and Patrick Clancy, President and CEO of Philadelphia Works, Inc. serving as panelists on the Summer Jobs Plus Learning Exchange. 
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Multi-million, multi-year promise grant awarded to Philadelphia
In December, Philadelphia was awarded a multi-million, multi-year promise neighborhood grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Our partner, Drexel University, was the lead applicant on the grant along with other organizations including the School District of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia. The 2016 Promise Neighborhoods Program Implementation Grant Competition will provide $30 million over five years to support innovative strategies to reduce poverty in the community surrounding Drexel University in West Philadelphia. Part of the surrounding community includes the West Philadelphia Promise Zone, a section of West Philadelphia zoned by a federal White House initiative that seeks to create access to opportunity in communities that struggle with high povertyDrexel, PYN and other partners in the city created the Hub at PA CareerLinkĀ® West, where young people ages 16-24 from West Philadelphia, are equipped with resources and supportive services to enhance their educational growth and long-term employability. Drexel is also a partner for WorkReady Philadelphia. PYN looks forward to working with Drexel to create more and better opportunities to help young people succeed.
Barriers to Wellness shares young people's voices on unemployment
GradNation/America's Promise Alliance released, "Barriers to Wellness: Voices and Views from Young People in Five Cities" in November 2016. The report shared the voices and views of young people of color in five cities, including Philadelphia, to determine insights and obstacles that affect their health and wellness. These findings give insight that young people across the United States are affected by unemployment and suffer from a lack of access to education and employment resources. The report also found that unemployment is perceived as a threat to their health and well-being. Young people interviewed felt that access to a better quality education would reduce unemployment, which, when coupled with job training and placement programs, would improve living conditions overall.
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PYN releases annual report
In January, PYN released its annual report for 2015-2016 highlighting another year of work. During this time, more than 10,000 young people in Philadelphia had work experience, and more than 90% of these were provided by WorkReady Philadelphia. Project U-Turn underwent a strategic planning process to refine its structure and goals. PYN also focused on innovating new strategies through pilot programs. In 2015-2016, PYN served two cohorts of youth and enrolled a third cohort during the first year of the Post-Secondary Bridging Program, a pilot program to create more post-secondary opportunities for disconnected youth. A second pilot program, The Hub at PA CareerLinkĀ® West opened its doors in October 2016 to create opportunity for young people in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. Funding was secured to launch a third pilot program, Pathways to Justice Careers, which will start in early 2017.
Updates affecting compliance for PYN programs
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new I-9 form for employment eligibility verification. Effective January 22, 2017, employers must use the new I-9 form for any person who is hired. The new I-9 can be found here.
There are new eligibility guidelines for the EĀ³ Power Centers. PYN held a training session on January 23. If you missed the training, a video will be provided on the PYN Provider Portal soon. For technical assistance, please
Philadelphia Works file review results are available for FY 16. To see your file review results, or if you have any questions about file reviews, please email
Anthony Bartolomeo honored as one of five 2017 Outstanding Projects and Leaders award winners
Anthony Bartolomeo, President and CEO of Pennoni Associates, Inc. will be honored on March 16, 2017 as one of five 2017 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) recipients. The award is granted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and honors Bartolomeo for leading the development of the ASCE Grand Challenge, encouraging youth to attain 21st century skills and post-secondary education, and for his ongoing commitment and leadership to community and non-profit organizations. Bartolomeo has worked to support issues related to PYN and was appointed as one of four co-chairs for the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success. PYN congratulates him on this recognition.
Lincoln Financial Foundation produces album for youth empowerment
"We Stood Up: Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement" is an audio compilation that includes conversations with iconic men and women who faced challenges and overcame obstacles. These stories and songs bring empowerment to young people as the stories and reflections focus on freedom and equality in America. Lincoln Financial Group Foundation produced the album as part of a three-year celebration of the 150th anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment. "We Stood Up: Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement" is available for purchase. All proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Educators and nonprofits that serve youth can  stream the album. Lesson plans and resources are also available for educators to incorporate into classrooms.