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Nearly 400 Philadelphia Youth Attend 2014 WorkReady Philadelphia Expo to Showcase Talent

Approximately 400 of Philadelphia's youth gathered at the PA Convention Center to illustrate various projects and portfolios that were created throughout their WorkReady programs

Category: WorkReady | Aug 6, 2014

Philadelphia - Nearly 400 youth will gather at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the 2014 WorkReady Philadelphia Expo. Philadelphia youth will showcase their various achievements through a presentation of projects and portfolios on Wednesday, August 6 beginning with a morning reception at 8:30 a.m.  Since January, both the private and public sectors united to collectively raise enough funds to support at least 7,600 youth work experiences this year throughout the Philadelphia area. 

 "The WorkReady Philadelphia Expo is something that we look forward to each year," said Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN). "It is a time for the WorkReady community to celebrate the many achievements that our youth have accomplished throughout the course of their summer and year-round programs." 

All youth participants are tasked with the objective to create either a project or portfolio that displays mastery of key 21st century skills. In order to compete at the Expo, youth must submit an application and proposal to present. A pre-selected committee then evaluates each proposal and determines which projects will be presented at the Expo. On the day of the Expo, judges from area businesses throughout Philadelphia assess and present the top three winners in each category, including: multimedia; tri-fold; Hands-on demonstrations or visual art; live performance and portfolio.

In addition to announcing the top three winners in each category, the awards ceremony, hosted by youth participants representing the WorkReady system, will underscore the WorkReady 2014 theme, Connect. Invest. Achieve. This theme encourages programs to explore how all members of the WorkReady community can unite in order to successfully transition city youth into the workforce.

"Being part of the awards ceremony at last year's Expo was such a rewarding experience for me," said Jada-Nicole Goodson an intern who has been connected to WorkReady Philadelphia for the past three years. "I was able to hone my creativity, collaboration and public speaking skills - all of which have translated in to my internship experiences making me more confident as I look toward the future."

"In January 2014, we were anticipating a youth summer jobs crisis with projection indicating the lowest number of summer jobs since WorkReady's inception in 2003.  But through the Summer Jobs Challenge, our City pulled together and raised enough funds to support 7,600 summer work experiences this year - the same number as provided last year," said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. "The success of the WorkReady program is a collective effort that depends on the support of businesses and non-profit organizations and the hard work of the young people who participate in the program.  I want to congratulate these young people on all of their accomplishments and thank all of the participating businesses and sponsors of the WorkReady Program."

To learn more about WorkReady Philadelphia, visit online at

Additionally, employers in the city can continue to support the 2014 Summer Jobs Challenge by letting the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) know if they currently hire high school aged youth at their business or organization during the summer. Providing this information will allow them the opportunity to be recognized them for their investment in the future workforce of Philadelphia.  To do so, please contact


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 more than 50 organizations to operate WorkReady programs across the city. PYN also partners with the City of Philadelphia, the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Main Line Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia Academies, Inc., the School District of Philadelphia, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and The Urban Affairs Coalition to recruit investors to offer opportunities for youth through WorkReady. For more information about WorkReady, go to



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