Sustainable change is achieved when we maximize our collective strengths with the talent and resources of others. While our city's skyline and national profile continue to grow, our growing city simultaneously holds the highest rate of deep poverty of the 10 largest U.S. cities. However, together we have shown that through creating coordinated systems for education and employment, we are capable of building a brighter Philadelphia, where individuals are better equipped to transcend poverty.
Across the city, businesses and individuals can make a significant impact by investing in PYN and helping to create a unified system of services and resources while innovating and replicating new approaches. Investing in PYN allows you to build a strong community, improve outcomes for young people and increase your bottom line. The benefits are endless, and the impact is timeless. Be part of something spectacular in Philadelphia by committing to join us on this journey.
By making a financial contribution, you can help keep young people on track to educational and economic success. Donations can be made via check, credit card, PayPal and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey's Donor Choice Program.
There are several ways that investors and employers can support the WorkReady Summer Employment program.
PYN has many exciting ways to partner with investors outside of donations and summer work experiences. If you are interested in discussing sponsorship and in-kind donations, or exploring public-private partnerships, contact Stephanie Gambone, Executive Vice President.
PYN convenes and collaborates with dozens of organizations, schools and government agencies through partnership efforts aimed at increasing and enhancing opportunities for youth including Project U-Turn, and WorkReady Philadelphia.
For more information about these partnerships, please contact Stephanie Gambone at 267-502-3726 or email her.
PYN manages a variety of program models for both in-school and out-of-school youth.
If you are interested in partnering with PYN to integrate services or curriculum into PYN-funded programs, please contact us to find out more.
PYN contracts with organizations, (also known as "providers") to operate programs or provide services through an RFP (Request for Proposal) process. All RFPs are posted on our website.
The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) on behalf of WorkReady Philadelphia is seeking proposals from high-performing, youth-serving organizations to provide educationally-enriched career development opportunities for youth and young adults, ages 12-24 years old during summer 2020. WorkReady is a citywide effort to address the skills gap by convening partners, employers, leaders of youth-serving systems and youth to build a coordinated approach to preparing young people for future employment. WorkReady stakeholders seek to give young people ages 12-24 access to meaningful paid work experiences that promotes self-efficacy, connect youth to caring adults and offer the opportunity to build the transferrable skills required to secure and sustain employment.
The RFP was made available on Monday, August 12, 2019 and is available to download here.
Prospective respondents are mandated to submit a "Notice of Intent to Apply" form to inform PYN of their intent to submit an application. The webform submission was due no later than September 11, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. This notification is for planning purposes to assist in securing the necessary number of independent reviewers.
A Bidders' Conference was held on Wednesday, August 21 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The presentation and a session recording are available below.
Proposals are due Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by 12 p.m. Please note that late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. If you have any questions about this process, please email PYNRFP@pyninc.org.
These past Requests for Proposals issued by PYN and its partners are no longer active, but are provided as a reference for those interested in learning more about our program models and blended funding initiatives, as well as our procurement process.
Student Success Centers
Year-Round Programs (In-School Youth & Out-of-School Youth)
Audit and Tax Services
There are many exciting ways young people can get connected to PYN-managed models.
Summer Employment Program
The WorkReady Summer Employment Program offers educationally-enriched work opportunities to in-school and out-of-school youth through these program models: Career Exposure, Work Experience, Service Learning, and Internship. Youth, ages 14-21, who are Philadelphia residents and have not matriculated into a post-secondary program, are eligible to apply to participate in the summer employment program.
Career Exposure Program
The Career Exposure program is available through paper application only. Please contact us for information about the Career Exposure application.
Year-Round Programs target participants who seek assistance completing high school, have disengaged from high school or have a high school diploma but are disconnected from education and employment.
E3 Power Centers
The E3 Power Center program model is a neighborhood-based, holistic approach to preparing out-of-school youth and youth returning from juvenile placement to achieve long-term educational, career and personal goals, including self-sufficiency. Philadelphia's E3 Power Centers are designed to provide supports along three interrelated pathways: Education, Employment, and Empowerment, the three E's.
E3 Power Centers are now implementing a new post-secondary bridging program, key features of which include supported dual-enrollment in both secondary and post-secondary courses, a focus on college knowledge and success strategies, and personalized guidance and connections to "best bet" post-secondary programs that lead to credentials with payoff in the labor market, and college placement support.Refer a young person to an E3 Power Center
The importance of a college education is evident in today's economy. Having a post-secondary degree gives you a step-up in the community, and contributes to a skilled workforce.
Find the resources you need to get important information on college, such as: how to apply, where to learn about financial aid and choosing the major that fits your goals. Also, find out what skills you need after college in order to be successful in the workplace.
Having a job or internship gives you the opportunity to gain high-quality workplace experiences outside the classroom, allowing you to grow your professional networks.
Here, you will learn the valuable skills necessary to take your next step towards the career of your dreams. Explore career options and get more information on job resources, including job search engines, job fairs and helpful career-related advice.
It's never too late to change your life for the better. The decision to return to school is never easy, especially if you've been out of the classroom for a while.
Our models are designed as a holistic approach to assist you in creating a post‐secondary credential and providing coordinated services and resources to help you achieve those goals. You can get connected to counseling and occupational training programs in areas like: auto repair, culinary arts, Microsoft Office and more.
In addition to the resources we have made available throughout this site and the services we provide through our existing grants, we offer training and technical assistance to other organizations, agencies and municipalities across the country and internationally on a fee-for-service basis.
For more information, please call Stephanie Gambone at 267-502-3726 or send her an email.