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Mayor Nutter and WorkReady challenge the City of Philadelphia to create 10,000 job opportunities for youth this summer

01/28/13

Mayor Nutter officially launched the 10,000 Summer Jobs Challenge, his charge to the City of Philadelphia to unite and create 10,000 enhanced WorkReady summer job opportunities for youth

 

PHILADELPHIA, January 28, 2013 - Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced a new challenge to the City that will help revitalize  economic stability, grow the skills of our emerging professionals, and ignite young people's desire to develop educational and professional pathways.   

The goal of this challenge is to increase opportunities available to youth, by growing the number of people, employers, partners and investors connected to the WorkReady system.  Mayor Nutter, in partnership with WorkReady Philadelphia, is encouraging Philadelphia businesses, partners, and individuals to unite and join the city-wide challenge.

"The 10,000 Summer Jobs Challenge is an investment in our young people and our great City.  Summer job opportunities help young people prepare for their future, whether it be pursuing higher education or deciding a career path.  But these opportunities are also an investment in the future economic vitality of Philadelphia's workforce," said Mayor Nutter.  "I am challenging everyone - business and non-profit leaders, small business owners and citizens to get involved and create new youth employment opportunities this summer."

November data from the U.S. Department of Labor found that Pennsylvania's youth unemployment rate is 15% higher than the general unemployment rate.   Additionally, research from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that youth who miss out on an early work experience are more likely to endure future unemployment and are less likely to achieve higher levels of career attainment. 

"Participating in WorkReady is an opportunity for employers to shape the quality of Philadelphia's future workforce," said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, President and CEO of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. "Since 2003, Citizens Bank has supported the WorkReady summer jobs initiative, and encourages other companies to join in this effort to create opportunities for our youth."

President and CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN), Stacy E. Holland, said, "In summer 2012, WorkReady served over 6,000 young people.  However, nearly 15,000 youth submitted completed applications and close to 8,000 were unable to work because there were not enough opportunities available. These numbers are shocking, and the time to act is now.  As a city, we need to do all that we can on behalf of our youth to ignite their careers and prepare them to compete in a 21st century global economy." PYN serves as the managing partner of WorkReady Philadelphia.

Predictions for summer 2013 forecast that less than 5,000 WorkReady summer jobs will be available for youth. More than 5,000 additional enhanced summer jobs need to be generated to meet the challenge.  Accomplishing this will take the collective effort of businesses, non-profits, foundations, government, and individuals.

All interested parties can join the challenge today by:

  • Hiring summer interns to work for six weeks in July and August.
  • Supporting youth work experiences at other businesses or organizations - if your work environment isn't conducive to bringing a young person aboard, but your business still wants to help, consider subsidizing the cost of a work experience elsewhere.
  • Making a personal contribution toward youth slots.
  • Becoming a WorkReady Seal of Approval employer.

Learn more about the 10,000 Summer Jobs Challenge by visiting www.phillysummerjobs.org. 

About WorkReady Philadelphia

WorkReady Philadelphia is the city's workforce preparation system for youth and young adults, supported by investments from government, local and national philanthropies, and Greater Philadelphia employers.  WorkReady is overseen by the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success, a committee of the Philadelphia Works board. Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) serves as the managing partner and works with over 50 organizations to operate WorkReady programs across the city.  To learn more about Mayor Nutter's 10,000 Summer Jobs Challenge, go to www.phillysummerjobs.org.

 

 

 



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