About PYN

About PYN

PYN's Vision:

To alleviate poverty and promote equity through education and employment

PYN's Mission:

To create coordinated systems which promote the attainment of academic achievement, economic opportunity and personal success

Our Impact:

Together with our partners, we have provided more than 225,000 opportunities to young people since PYN was founded in 1999

The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) creates education and employment opportunities for youth and young adults. We believe every young person deserves the chance to cultivate their talents and to achieve their dreams.

To make more opportunities available to youth and young adults, we:
Build systemic solutions that close gaps in youth serving systems.
Support and train youth-serving organizations to deliver high quality programs that develop academic and career readiness skills.
Engage employers and system leaders to ensure that today’s young people will be prepared to join tomorrow’s workforce.
Design comprehensive service networks to prepare youth for successful futures in school, work and life.

Why our work is now more important than ever

We are always fueled by our vision, especially in the face of last year’s economic downturn and civil unrest, which affected everyone – our young people included. The data below demonstrates the severity and urgency of youth employment.

In 2020, the unemployment rate for 16- to 25-year-olds was the lowest it has been in 50 years, and then skyrocketed to the highest ever recorded.

The number of disconnected youth could grow to almost 25%, wiping out a decade’s worth of progress.

PYN, Inc.  
400 Market St.
Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19106