Category: PYN | Jul 1, 2013
Philadelphia (July 1, 2013) - Thousands of young people joined the Philadelphia workforce this morning for the start of the 2013 WorkReady Philadelphia Summer program. There have been 7,600 opportunities created for young people, ages 14-21, through WorkReady, which aims to introduce participants to careers, develop their work-based knowledge and skills, and catalyze their education and career planning.
WorkReady is managed by Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) on behalf of the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success, a committee of the Philadelphia Works board. PYN works with over 50 organizations to operate WorkReady programs across the city.
Young people will be working in a variety of settings, based on their age and previous work experience, as well as their interests and skill levels. Worksites include non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and for-profit businesses.
Shira Smillie, an upcoming senior who has an internship through WorkReady with Drexel University's Human Resources Department, said, "Without WorkReady I would not be where I am today. Through these programs, I have gained exceptional work and life experiences that more youth should have the opportunity to experience. The youth of Philadelphia today are the future of our City, and it is critical that we all are able to have these opportunities."
Earlier this year, projections predicted that the WorkReady system would have funding available to serve less than 5,000 young people. Mayor Michael A. Nutter sprang into action and launched the 10,000 Summer Jobs Challenge.
"In January, I challenged businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals to come together and invest in WorkReady to provide valuable work experience, practical knowledge and leadership skills for young Philadelphians. And, Philadelphia responded," said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. "This summer, WorkReady will connect more than 7,600 young people with enhanced summer jobs, a dramatic increase from what was projected. I want to thank the many employers, foundations, businesses and individuals who came together in support of Philadelphia's young people."
For a complete list of WorkReady 2013 investors, click here.
Stacy E. Holland, President and CEO of PYN said, "At a time when youth employment is at its lowest level since World War II, I am humbled at the response our City has had to the 10,000 Summer Jobs Challenge. The entire community in Philadelphia has heard our call and acted on behalf of our young people, with many investors doubling their prior year commitments. Experiences such as WorkReady prepare our region for future economic stability by developing an educated, talented, and experienced workforce."
WorkReady Summer 2013 programs will culminate with the WorkReady Summer Expo, an event that celebrates the accomplishments of youth and the outstanding projects they created during their six-week work experience. The Expo will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Monday, August 5.
Follow along with WorkReady Philadelphia by visiting www.workreadyphila.org/summer2013.
About WorkReady Philadelphia
WorkReady Philadelphia is the city's workforce preparation system for youth and young adults, supported by investments from government, local and national philanthropies, and Greater Philadelphia employers. WorkReady is overseen by the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success, a committee of the Philadelphia Works board. Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) serves as the managing partner and works with over 50 organizations to operate WorkReady programs across the city.