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. Since our founding in 1999, the results of these collaborative efforts include:
In 2011, the City of Philadelphia and Project U-Turn were recognized as a "Bright Ideas" recipient by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. From 2004, when the Project U-Turn partnership was first formed, to 2011, the six-year cohort graduation rate in Philadelphia increased five percentage points from 56% to 61% and the four-year, on-time rate increased 12 points from 49% to 61%.
The Philadelphia Youth Network was named 2009 Non-Profit Organization of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's Excellence Awards. PYN connected the business sector to the city's youth workforce development efforts through WorkReady, yielding more than 6,800 employer-paid internships for local youth since 2003.
The Governor's Workforce Development Awards recognized PYN, along with the School District of Philadelphia and Bucks County Community College, for support of the Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems and Solutions Registered IT Apprentice Program in 2006. Lockheed has hired 85 graduates of the program for full-time employment at the company since the program began in 2003.