PYN History

History

Since 1999, we've been proud to work in partnership to equip Philadelphia's young people with the tools and resources necessary to thrive in today's workforce. Through pivotal moments involving PYN leadership, and several key champions, we will continue to honor our past and dream the future.

PYN History

2018 - Present

PYN PRESIDENT TESTIFIES AT WIOA REAUTHORIZATION HEARING

In May of 2021, Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, PYN’s President & CEO testified in front of the House of Representatives Education & Labor Committee in favor of reauthorizing WIOA programming.

2021

THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA LAUNCHES #PLAYITSAFEPHL

WorkReady PHL was a key partner featured as part the City’s post-pandemic summer activities resource.

2021

PYN LAUNCHES THE VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP TOOLKIT

PYN released the Virtual Internship Toolkit to help prepare partners and employers to develop or enhance virtual programming for interns.

2021

PYN RELEASES "REIMAGINING SUMMER"

In March, PYN released “Reimagining Summer,” which outlined how PYN and our partners reshaped WorkReady Summer in 2020 to ensure that young people would still have summer experiences in the wake of the pandemic.

2021

PYN AWARDED A $1M GRANT FROM JPMC

As part of a long-standing relationship with JP Morgan Chase, the company awarded PYN with a two-year $1M grant to close the talent gap and increase employment among opportunity youth. The grant is focused on providing health and tech jobs for opportunity youth.

2021

2020: PYN LAUNCHES NEW E3

In October of 2020, PYN launched E3 services to provide greater support and access for young people who are not connected to school or work.

2020

WORKREADY SUMMER OFFERS VIRTUAL AND HYBRID EXPERIENCES

In March of 2020, PYN pivoted WorkReady offerings to include virtual and safe in-person experiences. As a result, we were able to provide more than 6,000 opportunities for young people.

2020

PYN LAUNCHES THE OPPORTUNITY YOUTH FUND

In partnership with The Hive, PYN launched the Opportunity Relief Fund to support a variety of needs for opportunity youth amidst the pandemic. The fund provides assistance for food, transportation, housing, technology equipment, and mobile/wireless connectivity, with a focus on ensuring young people can connect to and remain on education and employment pathways.

2020

THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT LAUNCHED THE FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND TEACHER RECRUITMENT INITIATIVE

In November of 2019, the State Education Department launched the first-of-its-kind Teacher Recruitment Initiative. PYN joined the program to mentor students.

2019

AMERICA'S PROMISE HONORS OUTSTANDING YOUTH CHAMPIONS AT FIFTH ANNUAL PROMISE NIGHT GALA

During the Gala, Tim Finchem, Chekemma J. Fulmore-Townsend, Juan Salgado, and T. Denny Sanford were all named as 2019 “Promise Of America” honorees for their work on behalf of young people.

2019

PYN CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY

In 2019, PYN proudly celebrated 20 years of impact, partnership and progress.

2019

PYN AWARDED NEIGHBORHOOD BUILDERS FROM BANK OF AMERICA

Philadelphia Youth Network was named as the 2019 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders® awardees for Philadelphia.

2019

PHILADELPHIA RECEIVES $2.5 MILLION IN PASMART GRANTS

Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry announced that Philadelphia workforce stakeholders would receive more than $2.5 million to support innovative approaches in industry partnership programs and registered apprenticeships. As part of these grants, PYN received $45,950 for a health retail pharmacy technician pre-apprenticeship program.

2019

PYN PLANS AND CO-HOSTS THE SIXTH NATIONAL REENGAGEMENT PLUS! CONVENING

In partnership with the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, Families (YEF Institute) with National Youth Employment Coalition, Project U-Turn and the School District of Philadelphia, PYN helped plan and host the Sixth National Reengagement Plus! Convening.

2018

THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA ANNOUNCES ITS NEW WORKFORCE STRATEGY, “FUELING PHILADELPHIA'S TALENT ENGINE”

During the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia’s Annual Mayoral Luncheon, Mayor Jim Kenny announced the official launch of the City’s new workforce initiative, "Fueling Philadelphia’s Talent Engine." As part of this announcement, the city established an Office of Workforce Development.

2018

2013 - 2017

PROJECT U-TURN AWARDED ASPEN's ENTREPRENEURIAL EDUCATION GRANT:

The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions awarded Project U-Turn a Youth Entrepreneurship Fund (YEF) grant to support innovative, collaborative approaches to creating a pipeline into entrepreneurship for opportunity youth by infusing entrepreneurial education into existing local entrepreneurship ecosystem.

2017

PYN CELEBRATES PROJECT U-TURN'S 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

In June, PYN hosted an event following the 10th anniversary of Project U-Turn. City officials, leaders and supporters came together to rally for Project U-Turn and to refresh its goals and recommit to Philadelphia’s young people.

2017

PYN RELEASES 2020 VISION

In January, PYN released its 3-year strategic plan, titled 2020 Vision.

2017

PYN LAUNCHES THE WORKREADY CELEBRATIONS TOUR

The WorkReady Celebrations Tour took place instead of the Expo, and highlighted youth who participated in summer programs.

2016

PYN LEADS $1M GRANT FOR PATHWAYS TO JUSTICE CAREERS INITIATIVE

PYN served as the lead on a $1M grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for the Pathways to Justice Careers initiative.

2016

PHILADELPHIA WINS A $2M SUMMER JOBS AND BEYOND GRANT

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Philadelphia as a winner of a $2M Summer Jobs and Beyond grant, PYN is the managing partner of the Hub.

2016

PYN PRESIDENT AND CEO HONORED BY THE WHITE HOUSE

PYN’s President & CEO, Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend was honored by the White House as one of nine Champions of Change.

2016

PYN PARTICIPATES IN THE GRADNATION COMMUNITY SUMMIT

Project U-Turn and the city of Philadelphia convened education, business and community leaders for a GradNation Community Summit.

2015

“A PROMISE WORTH KEEPING” IS PUBLISHED

Project U-Turn published “A Promise Worth Keeping: Advancing the High School Graduation Rate” to show the increasing graduation rates and the decreasing dropout rates. The report was a follow-up to the 2006 Unfulfilled Promise, The Dimensions and Characteristics of Philadelphia's Dropout Crisis, 2000-2005.

2015

PYN AWARDED $6M TO IMPLEMENT AND EXPAND POST-SECONDARY BRIDGING

In May, Jobs for the Future and Aspen Institute awarded a $6M grant to PYN to implement and expand post-secondary bridging services at four E3 Power Centers.

2015

WIA IS REAUTHORIZED

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) opened a new chapter for PYN's leadership at local, state and national levels.

2014

STACY HOLLAND TRANSITIONS

Stacy Holland was succeeded by Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend as PYN’s President & CEO, with Stephanie Gambone serving as Executive Vice President.

2013

WORKREADY FEATURED IN WHITE HOUSE CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE EVENT

Stacy Holland and WorkReady Philadelphia were featured at the White House Champions of Change event, including remarks from President Obama.

2013

PYN IS AWARDED A MAJOR GRANT

The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund awarded PYN a grant to support and expand collective impact opportunities.

2013

2008 - 2012

PYN IS A FEATURED SPEAKER AT THE OPPORTUNITY NATION WASHINGTON SUMMIT

Stacy Holland was a featured speaker for at the opening plenary session of the Opportunity Nation Washington Summit.

2012

PYN PRESENTS TO WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL FOR COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS

In July, Stacy Holland and Jenny Bogoni, PYN Vice President for Partnerships, presented information to White House Council for Community Solutions on Philadelphia's cross-sector strategies to promote dropout re-engagement.

2012

WORKREADY ALUM PARTICIPATED IN NATIONAL JOBS PROGRAM

Tiona Butler, former WorkReady intern, participated in White House Summer Jobs + panel, which included a visit from President Obama.

2012

STACY HOLLAND BECOMES PRESIDENT AND CEO OF PYN

In July, Laura Shubilla transitioned as PYN Co-President, and Stacy Holland took on the role of President and CEO.

2011

WORKREADY PHILADELPHIA SUMMER EXPERIENCES REACH AN ALL-TIME HIGH

With AARA funding, Workready Philadelphia summer work experiences reached an all-time high of more than 11,200.

2010

DHS OPENS AN EDUCATION SUPPORT CENTER

In summer of 2009, the Education Support Center opened to equip staff with information on the educational status of youth in foster care.

2009

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA AND DHS OPEN A "RE-ENGAGEMENT CENTER"

The School District of Philadelphia and DHS opened a "Re-Engagement Center" to assist returning dropouts to find appropriate educational programming and access to support services.

2009

PYN SUPPORTS YOUTH THROUGH ARRA

PYN supported Council and WIB through quick and effective administration of major funding increases for youth employment through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

2009

MAYOR NUTTER RECONSTITUTES THE PHILADELPHIA YOUTH COUNCIL AS THE COUNCIL FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS

The Council broadened its mission to incorporate major citywide education and youth employment issues.

2008

PYN HOSTS THE FIRST "BREAKFAST OF WORKREADY CHAMPIONS."

As part of the WorkReady concluding celebration, the “Breakfast of WorkReady Champions” was established.

2008

PROJECT U-TURN HOLDS SERIES OF NEIGHBORHOOD SUMMITS ON THE DROPOUT CRISIS

With financial support from America's Promise Alliance, Project U-Turn held a series of four neighborhood summits on the dropout crisis. Results were reported to leaders of the school district, city agencies and APA.

2008

MAYOR MICHAEL A. NUTTER BOOSTS PROJECT U-TURN'S WORK

In January, during his first inaugural address, Mayor Michael A. Nutter boosted Project U-Turn's work by pledging to cut the dropout rate in half over his term in office.

2008

2003 - 2007

PYN HELPS ORGANIZE STATE SUMMIT ON DROPOUT PREVENTION AND RECOVERY

In the fall, PYN helped the PA Departments of Education and Labor and Industry to organize a state summit on dropout prevention and recovery, supported by America's Promise Alliance (APA).

2007

PYN ESTABLISHES A NEW MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE

In September, Laura Shubilla began serving as Co-President and CEO alongside Stacy Holland, who served as Co-President and COO. Melissa Orner served as Senior Vice President.

2007

CITY COUNCIL PROVIDES DIRECT APPROPRIATION FOR WORKREADY

Philadelphia City Council provided first-ever direct city appropriation for WorkReady Philadelphia.

2007

PYN RALLIES LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT SUMMER JOBS

In the Spring of 2007, the Commonwealth's higher minimum wage increased the costs to operate WorkReady and threatened to reduce the number of positions. PYN brought together partners to help raise additional funding for WorkReady Summer work experiences.

2007

THE GREATER PHILADELPHIA CHAMBER PLEDGES TO DOUBLE PRIVATE-SECTOR INTERSHIPS

Under the leadership of Joe Frick, The Chamber of Greater Philadelphia pledged to double the number of private sector summer internships to at least 1,000 for the 2007 summer (the target was met).

2007

PROJECT U-TURN IS FORMALLY LAUNCHED

In a major press event and "come back fair" at Temple University, along with the release of the seminal research report "Unfulfilled Promises," Project U-Turn was officially launched.

2006

JOE FRICK PRIORITIZES WORKREADY PHILADELPHIA

During the fall, Joe Frick, incoming chair of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and longtime champion of youth employment, established WorkReady Philadelphia as a priority for his two-year term.

2006

SCHOOL DISTRICT AND WILLIAM PENN FOUNDATION SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS CENTERS

In the Fall of 2005, PSD and the William Penn Foundation allocated funds to support Student Success Centers in seven comprehensive high schools.

2005

DHS SUPPORTS E3 CENTERS

For the first time, the City’s Department of Human Services (DHS) invested funding directly to support E3 Centers, helping to sustain these programs as the federal Youth Opportunity Grant expired.

2005

PHILADELPHIA IS AWARDED A YOUTH TRANSITION FUNDERS GROUP (YTFG) GRANT

This grant was awarded in November of 2004 to enhance options for out-of-school youth, with PYN serving as convening partner. YTFG work eventually lead to the creation of Project U-Turn.

2004

PYN FUNDING BECOMES THE BASIS FOR STUDENT SUCCESS CENTERS

PYN provided funding through the Youth Opportunity Grant to support school-based staff in several high schools. This became the basis for Student Success Centers.

2004

PYN IS A FEATURED SPEAKER AT THE OPPORTUNITY NATION WASHINGTON SUMMIT

Stacy Holland was a featured speaker for at the opening plenary session of the Opportunity Nation Washington Summit.

2004

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT ESTABLISHES THE FIRST THREE "ACCELERATED HIGH SCHOOLS"

These three accelerated high schools were established to serve over-age and under-credited students.

2004

THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTH IS ESTABLISHED

Based largely on a William Penn Foundation-funded report by Youth Empowerment Services that identified a dearth of programs in the city for dropouts hoping to re-engage, the Youth Council announced a re-organization plan which, for the first time, established a subcommittee on out-of-school youth, thus creating a new vehicle to promote the importance of dropout recovery.

2003

WORKREADY PHILADELPHIA IS LAUNCHED

The Youth Council and Workforce Investment Board launched WorkReady Philadelphia in Spring of 2003. Mayor Street, Superintendent Paul Vallas and Lincoln Financial CEO John Boscia all presented.

2003

1998 - 2002

PYN'S FIRST PRESIDENT RESIGNS

In June of 2002, Mary Jane Clancy, PYN’s first President, resigned and was succeeded by Laura Shubilla. Laura Shubilla, Stacy Holland and Melissa Orner, who had been working with Mary Jane on School-to-Career efforts, agreed to work together to sustain and grow PYN as an independent organization beyond its initial connections and dependence on the school district.

2002

A NEW COORDINATED CITYWIDE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM IS ANNOUNCED

Incoming council chair, Pamela Crawley (now Pamela Browner-White) of Citizens Bank, announced her intention to launch a new coordinated citywide youth employment program, which eventually became what it is known as today, WorkReady Philadelphia.

2002

PYN WINS FIRST COMPETITIVE PROCUREMENT TO MANAGE YOUTH FUNDING

In the winter of 2002, PYN won the first of several competitive procurements to continue management of WIA and TANF youth funding on behalf of the Workforce Investment Board (now Philadelphia Works).

2002

PYN INITIATES THE SUMMER EXPO

In the summer, PYN introduced a concluding celebration, now known as the Expo, which highlighted outstanding projects created by youth during their summer work experiences.

2000

THE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES (TANF) YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FUND IS ESTABLISHED

In the spring of 2000, the Pennsylvania department of public welfare (DPW) established the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) youth development fund to augment WIA Youth Activities, which became a mainstay for Philadelphia summer programming and eventually for the E3 Centers.

2000

PHILADELPHIA RECEIVES A $20M, FIVE-YEAR YOUTH OPPORTUNITY GRANT

In partnership with the school district and Youth Empowerment Services, Philadelphia received a $20M, five-year Youth Opportunity Grant to establish youth education and employment centers in three communities across Philadelphia, which rebranded as E3 Power Centers.

2000

PYN ORGANIZES AND OPERATES THE FIRST MEETING OF THE PHILADELPHIA YOUTH COUNCIL

In November of 1999, PYN brought together the Philadelphia Youth Council, now known as the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success. The council was co-chaired by Rosemarie Greco and school district Superintendent, David Hornbeck.

1999

PYN IMPLEMENTS "YOUTHWORKS"

Laura Shubilla and Stacy Holland implemented PYN’s first enriched summer jobs program known as "YouthWorks," which included work and service-based experiences and learning projects for more than 5,000 youth.

1999

PHILADELPHIA YOUTH NETWORK (PYN) IS FORMALLY INCORPORATED

PYN incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) intermediary organization in February of 1999. PYN was housed within the School District of Philadelphia to support and lead the new youth workforce system envisioned by WIA, while sustaining School-to-Career programming making connections between educational and career success, and classroom curriculum and real-world applications. Mary Jane Clancy, longtime head of the school districts' Office of Education for Employment, was named the organization's first president. Rosemarie Greco, former President and CEO of CoreStates Bank and head of the former School-to-Work Leadership Council, became the first PYN Board Chair.

1999

THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT (WIA) IS PASSED

In Fall of 1999, WIA is passed, requiring local Youth Councils, and funding for research-based youth employment programs.

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