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Philadelphia Youth Network celebrates 15 years of collective impact on behalf of Philadelphia's youth

Alma J. Powell, chair of America's Promise Alliance, provided keynote address

Category: PYN | Oct 1, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (October 1, 2014) - The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) celebrated 15 years of collective impact on Philadelphia's youth with an anniversary event at the Moshulu on Tuesday, September 30.


"At PYN, we see firsthand every day the true power of partnerships, and the scale we can accomplish when we work together," said Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network. "It has been and remains our privilege to work in partnership with so many extraordinary people that share the vision of preparing young people for academic achievement, economic opportunity and overall personal success. As an organization, we are humbled by this work and know that when potential meets opportunity, young people succeed."


The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is an intermediary organization dedicated to connecting systems and leveraging resources for youth all across the City of Philadelphia. PYN works to equip young people for academic achievement, economic opportunity and personal success. To achieve this mission, PYN coordinate's and supports large-scale, cross-sector initiatives while developing targeted programs to expand access to services for underserved youth.  Through a convening of diverse stakeholders - including employers, city agencies, youth-serving organizations, philanthropies and community members, PYN also works to identify institutional barriers facing young people and build scalable solutions that benefit the entire community.   


Alma J. Powell, wife of political figure, Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (ret.), and chair of America's Promise Alliance, provided the keynote address.  America's Promise Alliance, which was founded in the wake of the 1997 Presidents' Summit for the Future of America in Philadelphia, is the nation's largest partnership of its kind, bringing together hundreds of national nonprofits, businesses, communities, educators and citizens committed to providing all young people with the opportunity to succeed in school and life. 


"Today, we are renewing the historical ties between PYN and America's Promise through our shared belief that all children have the right to become full and contributing members of society," said Mrs. Powell.  "The job belongs to all of us because children are more than the products of their schools.  They need the Five Promises of caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help others. PYN is a living expression of the Promises in action.  On behalf of America's Promise Alliance, congratulations on your 15th anniversary and the positive impact that you continue to have on youth in your community."


Additional Speakers included:



  • Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO, Philadelphia Youth Network
  • Pamela Gallimore, Board Chair, Philadelphia Youth Network
  • Greg Doyle, Presenting Sponsor, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, and Board member, Philadelphia Youth Network

Ernst & Young was the presenting sponsor for the anniversary event. The partner sponsor was Foto Fwd.


Other supporting sponsors included


 Contributing Sponsors included:

To view thte 15 stories created to highlihgt pivotal partnerships in PYN's history, please click here.


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