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Thousands of Youth Receive Training for Effective Employment

Category: WorkReady | Jun 1, 2004

PHILADELPHIA – June 26, 2004 – For thousands of committed Philadelphia teens, today was
a very different kind of Saturday. Instead of sports, shopping or hanging out with friends, they
gathered at locations around the City to learn what it takes to get and keep a good job.
On Saturday, June 19, 2004 and on June 26, 2004, more than 3,000 area youth attended
sessions at local universities and professional training facilities to participate in “WorkReady
Summits” where they gained invaluable skills associated with successful employment. This
unprecedented training program is being conducted by the Philadelphia Youth Network as
part of WorkReady Philadelphia, a new citywide effort to build enriched employment
opportunities for Philadelphia youth.
WorkReady Summits offered highly interactive and energetic training modules designed to help
students understand how to be successful in the workplace. Major training topics included:
meeting employer expectations, building effective workplace communications skills, resolving
workplace conflicts and planning for successful careers.
“These modules grew directly from what employers reported to us about their experiences with
and expectations of young employees,” said Laura Shubilla, President of the Philadelphia Youth
Network. “We’ve designed an approach that will address employers’ concerns and position
these young people for success.”

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The response from youth, volunteer trainers and parents was universally positive. As one
participant, a student at Bartram High School, explained, “I liked how we learned some
very important things in a fun way. I learned how to improve my resume, how to ask myself
questions and to prepare for an interview.” A classmate echoed the sentiment: “The whole
program was fun. Today really made me see why I wanted to work.”
Employers, community volunteers and staff from the Philadelphia Youth Network are staffing
the summits and presenting the WorkReady Summit modules. The initial training offered
through the WorkReady Summits will be augmented by a portfolio-based curriculum that
youth will complete over the course of their six-week employment experiences this summer.
All of the young people participating in the WorkReady Summits are slated for summer
employment in one of the several components of WorkReady Philadelphia, including
internships and other field-based activities funded by federal programs, the William Penn
Foundation and other philanthropies, the School District of Philadelphia and private sector
employers throughout the City.
Donated training sites for the WorkReady Summits include Lincoln Financial Group’s Delaware
Investments Offices. the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel, Drexel University, the University of
Pennsylvania, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
Medicine, United Way of SEPA, and Community College of Philadelphia's new Center for
Business and Industry. Food and snacks are being donated by Tasty Baking and the School
District of Philadelphia.

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