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WorkReady Philadelphia summer program begins thanks to citywide support

Category: WorkReady | Jul 5, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (July 5, 2016) – Today marks the beginning of youth summer work experiences for Philadelphia’s WorkReady program, a six-week summer employment program that focuses on career exposure opportunities for young people. Due to the valued support of several city and state-wide partners, WorkReady Philadelphia is projected to provide more than 8,000 summer employment opportunities.

Earlier this year, Mayor Kenney shared his support of the city’s collective effort towards encouraging local businesses to hire young people this summer.

Kenney, in partnership with the Philadelphia Youth Network, managing partner of WorkReady Philadelphia, charged local businesses, partners and individuals to join the citywide campaign, stating, “In order to strengthen Philadelphia both socially and fiscally, we must have a workforce that is trained and prepared to work in the 21st century," said Kenney.

President and CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN), Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend expressed her gratitude for the public and private partnerships that helped to make a difference this year.

“We are thrilled that more young people will get the opportunity to have a summer work experience thanks to all of the public and private sector support,” said Fulmore-Townsend. “These citywide investments are more than just dollars. They represent untapped potential and opportunity. When we come together as a city, young people are able to develop dreams they may have never tapped into before. These dreams and lessons can last a lifetime.”

Additionally this summer, PYN will work to educate youth participants about democracy and government through a partnership with the Democratic National Convention Host Committee and the Committee of 70, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which educates citizens; encourages government to work more efficiently and effectively; and protects and improves the voting process. 

“The Host Committee is dedicated to enabling the Democratic National Convention to have a lasting impact on Philadelphia and its residents," said former Pennsylvania Governor and Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention Chair, Ed Rendell.

Additionally, employers in the city can continue to support WorkReady Philadelphia by letting PYN know if they currently hire high school aged youth at their business/organization during the summer. Providing this information will give businesses the opportunity to be recognized for their investment in the future workforce of Philadelphia. To do so, please contact, or provide information online at



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