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.
To implement pre-apprenticeship programs that strengthen access to registered apprenticeships for low-income and under-served youth, the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) with the support of Philadelphia Works, Inc. (PWI) is seeking proposals from organizations dedicated to encouraging the growth of career pathway opportunities for disconnected young people. Pre-apprenticeships that target high-growth, high-vacancy, or emerging regional industries are highly encouraged.
Prospective respondents are mandated to submit a “Notice of Intent to Apply" form (Attachment within RFP) to inform PYN of their intent to submit an application. The form must be emailed to PYNRFP@pyninc.org and is due no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 15, 2017. This notification is for planning purposes to assist in securing the necessary number of reviewers.
A Bidders' Conference will be held on Thursday, September 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Attendance is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. Please RSVP your attendance by visiting www.pyninc.org/forms/bidders-conference and completing the RSVP form. You will be required to include the number of people attending and the name of your organization.
All questions and answers collected prior to, as well as at the Bidders' Conference, will be posted within four business days following the Bidder's Conference. Please check back then.
Proposals are due Monday, October 16 by 12:00 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.
Below is a list of past Requests for Proposals issued by the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success (formerly the Youth Council). These are no longer active, but are provided here as reference for anyone interested in learning about these program models and blended funding initiatives, as well as organizations interested in learning the about the Council's 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.
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.