Category: WorkReady | Jun 1, 2009
This year’s Orientation for WorkReady Employer-Paid Internships, sponsored by United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, was held at Jefferson University Hospital on June 24th and 30th. Over 480 interns came out in their best business attire for one of the day-long sessions to learn how to make the most of not only their internship experience, but of their futures. Workshop topics included Financial Literacy, presented by volunteers from the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and an introduction to 21st Century Skills. The PYN Youth Ambassadors, student leaders who advocate on behalf of their peers, kicked off the day with opening remarks and served as co-facilitators in some of the workshops. Jefferson, which also hosts WorkReady interns, donated the space for the event.
The game[s] provided a lot of scenarios I may be faced with at work
PICPA’s financial literacy workshop educated participants on how to responsibly manage their money by guiding youth through the process of creating a summer budget. The workshop was overwhelmingly well-received by youth, with one intern commenting, “This was the best financial planning workshop I have attended!”
In the second workshop, youth participated in fun activities designed to introduce them to 21st Century Skills and explain how to apply them in the workplace and to their overall lives. Based on the Jeopardy game-show format, the session imparted valuable information for the soon-to-be interns. Of the workshop, one young person said “The game[s] provided a lot of scenarios I may be faced with at work”.
During lunch, the interns attended a resource fair where they received information on employment, careers, financial aid and higher educational information from organizations including Campus Philly, City Year Greater Philadelphia, Greater Philadelphia Cares , National Student Partnerships, TD Bank and U.S. Department of Labor. The interns also received a debit card holder for their WorkReady debit cards, donated by PICPA.
PYN organized the WorkReady Employer-Paid Internship Summer Intern Orientation, with the assistance of 48 volunteers from a range of companies and organizations across the city.