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Summer Employment Models

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Summer Employment models offer educationally-enriched work opportunities to in-school and out of school youth ages 14-21. Participants complete a six-week (120 hour), paid work experience that fosters the acquisition of the 21st Century skills through work-based learning. These models challenge youth to understand the correlations between such variables as work experience, skill attainment and high school completion and how those variables impact their potential for college and career success. Additionally, they offer participants a pathway for credit attainment within the School District of Philadelphia. Opportunities are offered through one of three program models: service-learning, work experience, and internships.

Service Learning: Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy in which youth address real-world issues that are relevant to their community. This model allows youth to explore these issues through research, reflection, and action. Summer Service Learning programs organize young people into teams that address complex, community problems in a holistic way; while also offering young people the opportunity to simultaneously serve and learn. As part of their service-learning experience, all participants complete a project connected to the communal activity that enables them to hone both their work-readiness and their academic skills.

Work Experience: Work Experience programs are intended for youth with limited or no work experience. Activities blend work experience with work-readiness training in ways that expand participants’ knowledge of workplace competencies and careers while also underscoring the importance of academic achievement and its link to career advancement. Youth participants develop work-based learning projects that demonstrate the knowledge they have gained and provide opportunities to build academic skills, enhance their work readiness and expand their awareness of career options.

Internships: Internships offer employment and career-exposure opportunities for youth with prior work experience and a basic understanding of workplace competencies. Interns work independently rather than in groups and participate in a series of professional development workshops which focus on career exploration and aptitude assessment as well as work-readiness. Participants have the choice of completing a work-based learning project or a portfolio.

During summer 2012:
5,144 youth were served in the summer-only program models with the following results:

  • 86% of youth demonstrated skill gains in at least one 21st Century skill area
  • 96% of youth self-reported as being better prepared to get a job
  • 97% of youth surveyed indicated they are more interested in post-secondary education

Youth Eligibility
  • Ages 14 - 21 (Internships are generally 16-21)


Summer 2014 Approved Providers

Career Exposure

  • ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania
  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos
  • District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund
  • Foundations, Inc.
  • New Foundations Charter School
  • PathWays PA
  • Public Safety Initiative - Youth Transformation Project, Inc.
  • Urban Affairs Coalition


Service Learning

  • Asian Americans United - CYOP
  • Asian Americans United - AAU
  • ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania
  • Attic Youth Center
  • Awbury Arboretum Association
  • BPSOS-Delaware Valley
  • Caring People Alliance
  • City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
  • Communities in Schools of Philadelphia
  • Concilio
  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos
  • EducationWorks
  • Federation of Neighborhood Centers
  • Frankford Community Development Corporation
  • Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation
  • LULAC National Educational Service Centers
  • Lutheran Settlement House
  • Norris Square Neighborhood Project
  • Nu Sigma Youth Services
  • Philadelphia Education Fund
  • Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory
  • Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School
  • Student Conservation Association
  • Temple University - ITSRG
  • Temple-University Community Collaborative
  • United Communities Southeast Philadelphia
  • University of Pennsylvania - LOC
  • University of Pennsylvania - UNI
  • Women's Christian Alliance
  • YES Philly



  • ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania
  • BPSOS-Delaware Valley
  • Communities in Schools of Philadelphia
  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos
  • Corinthian Community Center/JAAMA Empowerment Program
  • New Foundations Charter School
  • North Light Community Center
  • People for People, Inc.
  • Philadelphia Academies, Inc.
  • Temple University - ITSRG
  • University City District
  • Urban Affairs Coalition
  • Valley Youth House


Work Experience

  • Allegheny West Foundation
  • ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, Inc.
  • Catholic Social Services
  • Corinthian Community Center/JAAMA Empowerment Program
  • De La Salle Vocational
  • District 1199c Training and Upgrading Fund
  • Foundations, Inc.
  • Free Library of Philadelphia
  • JEVS Human Services
  • Lutheran Children and Family Service
  • Management and Environmental Technologies, Inc. (MET)
  • Metropolitan Career Center
  • New Foundations Charter School
  • Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
  • Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Project HOME
  • Public Safety Initiative-Youth Transformation Project, Inc.
  • Resources for Human Development, Inc.
  • Sunrise of Philadelphia
  • Temple University/CSPCD
  • United Communities Southeast Philadelphia
  • Urban Affairs Coalition
  • Valley Youth House
  • Variety
  • Zhang Sah

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Employers, Foundations

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*Information in this profile is specific to summer programs.


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