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“Who Gave You Your First Break?"

WorkReady Philadelphia Kicks Off the 2006 Youth Employment Campaign; Salutes Philadelphia-Area Executives for Hiring Local Students

Category: WorkReady | Nov 1, 2005

PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 5, 2005) – The Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board and its Youth Council launched the WorkReady Philadelphia 2006 youth employment campaign at a reception for current and prospective employer partners and area leaders, held this evening at the National Constitution Center. The WorkReady Leaders Reception also celebrated hundreds of executives from local companies who participated in WorkReady Philadelphia, a city-wide partnership supporting programs to prepare the City’s young people for productive employment.

The event unveiled the WorkReady Philadelphia 2006 campaign theme, “Who Gave You Your First Break?” Created to remind employers of those people or businesses that took a chance on them, the campaign encourages today’s corporate leaders to offer internships that can provide similar life-changing experiences for today’s young people.

Guests at the Second Annual WorkReady Leaders Reception viewed displays with images and “first break” stories from more than a dozen prominent Philadelphians, including Billy King, President and General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers; broadcaster and author Larry Kane; Mark Schweiker, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; Pedro Ramos, Philadelphia’s Managing Director; Channel 3 news anchor Larry Mendte; and Alba Martinez, President of the United Way of Southeastern PA.

The event also honored hundreds of participating employers who have hired interns, hosted youth for job shadowing experiences and otherwise supported the variety of WorkReady Philadelphia programs. Through these activities, employers are given the opportunity to invest in youth workforce development and the City’s economic growth. The event celebrated the continuing high level of coordination and cooperation among organizations across the city concerned with youth workforce development, and documented the progress being made to
provide employers with clear and efficient ways to help young people become effective employees.

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