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Local and national investors commended for support of nearly 10,000 year-round and summer work experiences through WorkReady Philadelphia

Category: WorkReady | Nov 13, 2014

Philadelphia (November 13, 2014) - Today, key city leaders congratulated more than 200 investors who supported summer and year-round, educationally-enriched work experiences for Philadelphia's young people through WorkReady Philadelphia, the city's system for youth workforce preparation.  The combined efforts of the private, public and nonprofit sectors yielded high-quality workplace experiences for nearly 10,000 young people this past year.


Mayor Michael A. Nutter served as the keynote speaker for the event, and touted city leaders for their participation in fueling WorkReady this year.


"Early last year, WorkReady was projecting the lowest number of summer work experiences for youth since the program began in 2003.  We issued a call to action and the businesses, philanthropists and nonprofit community stepped up," said Mayor Nutter. "For summer 2014, we were able to provide nearly 8,200 summer opportunities for young Philadelphians and almost 10,000 opportunities across all WorkReady programs, summer and year-round. I want to thank the many supporters of WorkReady; it is because of your investment in this incredible program that more young Philadelphians are gaining invaluable work skills and experience.'


In 2014, WorkReady Philadelphia magnified impact to drive change by placing 9,953 youth in year-round and summer work experiences created by local business and philanthropic communities within 1,111 worksites across 18 different industries city-wide. Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) President and CEO, Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, echoed WorkReady's accomplishments.


"To surpass our bleak projections and exceed last years' service levels, it took the adults in our community to master and leverage the same 21st Century skills we promote in our work-based learning opportunities for young people," said Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO of PYN. "Before our young people could experience relationships with adults and peers in the workplace, we, the leaders of systems across sectors, had to master teamwork and collaboration. Uniting in our understanding of the challenge and supporting each other to play critical and distinct roles to create our collective success. I am happy to report we did just that this summer."


This year's awards recognize institutions filled with leadership that reflects the heart of WorkReady's success. 


The Connect Award recognized the transformational power of linking youth to systems, services and stakeholders that expanded the window of opportunity for youth as they pursue individual and professional success.


The Invest Award recognized the scalable impact made when time, energy and resources are invested to develop and grow Philadelphia's future workforce and secure economic vitality.


The Achieve Award recognized the inspirational action needed to exemplify the value of youth achievement and accelerate positive results in the broader community.


For a complete list of all WorkReady investors for the 2013-2014 year, visit online. To get connected to WorkReady Philadelphia, learn more at  or contact  for more information.


About WorkReady Philadelphia

WorkReady Philadelphia is a cross-sector partnership dedicated to improving the economic outcomes of the region's youth by attracting, aligning and investing resources in youth workforce-development models. The strategies of the WorkReady programs are aligned with the goals of the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success, a committee of the Philadelphia Works board. Both WorkReady year-round and summer programming provides thousands of young people with career preparation opportunities designed to enhance their understanding and mastery of skills needed to become active and productive citizens. WorkReady Philadelphia is managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network, which serves as the backbone organization for WorkReady's collective impact efforts. For more information, please go to 


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