Intermediaries are organizations that connect and support institutions and individuals that have common interests, helping them to produce better results than they would have achieved working separately. PYN is a "youth workforce development intermediary" that connects and supports employers, schools, city agencies, youth-serving organizations, funders and advocacy organizations, with the ultimate goal of helping youth take their rightful places as active and productive citizens. Read more about PYN and intermediaries.
Q: Do you provide services (such as career speakers) to schools?Show | Hide
Area businesses, organizations and individuals can connect to Philadelphia high school students to introduce them to careers and help prepare them for success through the new Career Exposure Portal.
The portal can be used by:
- Schools to post available opportunities for professionals to share their expertise with students through worksite tours and career days or as career speakers
- Area businesses, organizations and individuals to find opportunities at schools and sign up to participate in them
Q: Is PYN a funder? Does PYN give out grants?Show | Hide
The decision-making authority for the majority of funds PYN contracts to operate youth programs rests with the local workforce investment board (WIB) and its youth council, which are mayor-appointed policy bodies required under the federal Workforce Investment Act. PYN was selected through a competitive procurement process by the WIB to staff the Council and manage federal funding dedicated to youth workforce development. PYN's responsibilities include providing technical assistance, building the capacity of providers, evaluating programs and supporting infrastructure functions (such as youth payroll and data collection) for contracted youth-serving organizations.
Youth can apply for summer jobs supported by PYN in two main ways: (1) Most WorkReady Philadelphia summer jobs are filled directly by the organizations that operate these programs. These organizations recruit participants directly based on the areas of the city, schools, and/or specific populations they are contracted to serve. For a list of organizations, click here. (2) Each year, a portion of the WorkReady summer jobs are made available city-wide through an open-enrollment process. In either case, youth complete an on-line application as the first step. Youth applying for slots specifically through a contracted provider are given a "code" by that organization to put on their application so that it can be connected to that program. Due to funding requirements, the youth application process usually begins in April or May. The application and additional information and resources are available at PYN's website for youth.
Q: What is PYN's relationship to Philadelphia Works, Inc. and the Council for College and Career Success?Show | Hide
PYN was selected through a competitive procurement process to manage youth workforce investments on behalf of Philadelphia Works, Inc., formerly the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board (PWIB). This responsibility includes staffing Philadelphia Works, Inc.'s federally-required youth council, a role filled by the Mayor-appointed Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success. PYN staffs the Council's Leadership Team, comprised of senior representatives from City government, the School District of Philadelphia, higher education and the private sector, as well as subcommittees that oversee WorkReady Philadelphia and Project U-Turn.
Q: What kinds of results has PYN achieved?Show | Hide
Along with our partners, we put the talent and drive of Philadelphia's young people to work as full and contributing members of a global economy. Click here to learn more about the impact of our work.
Q: What funding sources support PYN's work?Show | Hide
PYN's budget in fiscal year 2011 exceeds $38M, and includes a wide variety of investments from government, foundations, employers and other valued contributors. For a complete list of PYN supporters, click here.
Q: How can I contribute to PYN and its initiatives?Show | Hide