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21st Century Continuum

Type: Program model: Year-round WorkReady programs for in-school youth

The development of 21st Century skills is essential to preparing youth for post-secondary success in a knowledge-based, global economy. In addition to building basic literacy and numeracy skills, this program model interweaves 21st Century skills acquisition and workforce development strategies to connect work and learning. Designed as a two-year experience that begins for a student in 11th and extends through 12th grade, the 21st Century Continuum model fosters an integrated approach to making learning relevant to career and college success. The model offers a progressive sequence of experiences that connects school-year and summer programming through out-of -school time activities and summer internships. The model is intended to support youth in successfully achieving the following:

  • 21st Century and work-readiness skills development
  • Persistence in school, as demonstrated by grade promotion
  • Attainment of a High School Diploma
  • Post-secondary preparation
  • Post-secondary enrollment
During Program Year 2011-2012:
398 youth were served via this model in the last program year with the following results:
  • 60% of 11thgrade participants were promoted to the 12th grade
  • 80% of 12thgrade participants obtained a credential; the School District’s current on-time graduation rate is 61%
  • 62% of 12thgrade participants transitioned into post secondary education and employment placements

Youth Eligibility

  • Enrolled as 11th graders in high school or eligible for a high school diploma within two years of starting the program
  • Ages 16 to 18
  • Seeking post-secondary education and/or viable employment placement at the time of program completion
  • WIA-eligible (meeting income and barrier requirements)
  • Attend one of the schools listed below


Contracted Provider Organizations School Partners
De LaSalle Vocational De LaSalle Vocational
District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund Lincoln High School
Federation of Neighborhood Centers Benjamin Franklin High School
Furness High School
Roxborough High School
Urban Affairs Coalition Bartram High School
JEVS Human Services George Washington High School
Philadelphia Futures multiple high schools
University of Pennsylvania - Netter Center for Community Partnerships Bartram High School
Sayre High School
University City High School

Workforce Investment Act (U.S. Department of Labor / PA Department of Labor and Industry / Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation).

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