We at PYN fundamentally believe that by bringing partners together to connect education and employment as a coordinated strategy, we can build pathways out of poverty and systemic solutions to address inequity.
Of the 10 largest U.S. cities, Philadelphia holds the highest rate of deep poverty.
Nationally, more than one million youth drop out of school each year.
Young people 16 - 24 in Philadelphia who are out of school and out of work, compared to 12.3% statewide and 13.2%.
Adults in Philadelphia graduate with a college degree. But by 2020, 63% of jobs in PA will require a post-secondary credential.
The Philadelphia Youth Network's (PYN) success in creating opportunities for young people is built on a collective impact model, grounded by intermediary principles and maintained by a successful convening of partners.
Intermediaries stand at the crossroads of opportunities. By connecting schools, investors, public care systems, community based organizations and communities, our role is to make it easier for adults and systems to impact the lives of Philadelphia's young people.
PYN convenes diverse stakeholders - including employers, city agencies, youth-serving organizations, philanthropies and community members –to identify institutional barriers facing young people and build scalable solutions for youth that benefit the entire community.
Our 15 years of experience innovating service delivery, leveraging funding, aligning partners and enhancing systems supports better outcomes in education and employment for youth in Philadelphia. To that end, we organize our work around three core roles:
As a system builder, PYN will use collective impact efforts to coordinate and align funding and create robust, dynamic and diverse services that have a true career-connected education system with new entry points for vulnerable populations.
As an innovation incubator, PYN will actively pursue cutting-edge approaches by using technology to learn, improve and scale effective pilots for vulnerable populations with one or more barriers to education and employment, local and nationally.
As a strategic consultant, PYN will learn, plan and share our best practices with other communities in an effort to replicate systems and services that can be scaled to serve more young people beyond Philadelphia.
Utilizing our collective impact model, we have accomplished a lot alongside our partners. Together, we have leveraged funds and increased our impact. PYN manages several collaborative efforts that demonstrate our impact, particularly in the following areas:
Since the inception of Project U-Turn, Philadelphia's graduation rate increased by
re-engagement opportunities provided
Since the inception of WorkReady Philadelphia, nearly
work experiences were provided
of youth participants
perceptions about themselves,
their environments, and their preparedness for future
success in school and work
At PYN, we believe there are plenty of good reasons to be optimistic about our city's collective abilities to prepare young people for successful futures.
Our well-established approaches reflect both research and experience and help us achieve our goals. We are the managing partner of several collaborative efforts dedicated to improving educational and economic outcomes for youth including Project U-Turn and WorkReady Philadelphia.
We know that knowledge is power. At PYN we strive to ensure all of our partners are equipped with the information and data they need to be successful.
Reports and data of interest to practitioners and policy-makers on youth workforce development and related topics.
This toolkit serves as a comprehensive set of resources for hosting WorkReady participants at your office or workplace. It includes tools and resources, program-specific information, and all the forms and references you'll need to develop a quality work experience.