The Hub at PA CareerLink® West brings together community resources to connect youth and young adults in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone with employment and education opportunities, while also providing the individualized supports needed to succeed. Young people living, working or going to school in zip codes 19104, 19131, and 19139 may receive free personalized coaching to help them succeed, connections to training, education and jobs, career exposure and paid internships and perks for participation.

When a young person enters the Hub, they will...

Enrollment at the Hub starts with calling or emailing to set up an appointment or attending an open enrollment session.

    The following documents are required for enrollment:
  • Social security card
  • PA State ID or School ID
  • Proof of living, working or going to school in zip codes (This could be your photo ID, school report card, piece of mail addressed to you or a pay stub from your work)
  • Birth certificate
  • Work permit (if between the ages of 16-17)
  • Parental consent (If you are under the age of 18, a parent signature is required)
During this time, young people will be placed into cohorts, where they will continue their journey to a viable career pathway.
Once enrolled, the Hub participants may enter a 4-6 week workshop to prepare for a career. The CCRT helps prepare young people for a paid work experience through the Hub and ultimately employment in a field connected to the participant’s career goals. During CCRT, young people may have the opportunity to work on career and college access, resume building, interview skills, and receive preparation for job and education placement of their interest.
The work experience is a model that presents an opportunity for participants on a varied scale to gain experience in the workforce as well as providing a connection to a viable career pathway. Participants may be placed in one or more models at any given time throughout their journey at the Hub.
Career Exposure
...allows participants to be guided through various components within an organization. An employer would show the participant various components of departments, positions, and/or career pathways within their organization. Examples include, but are not limited to, a facility tour, professional panel with Q&A or a meet and greet with employees.

Job Shadowing
...matches participants with a professional at a worksite to experience day-to-day operations and job duties. Participants are exposed to “real-life” on the job professionalism, communication, conflict resolution and work ethics. Examples of job shadowing can include, but are not limited to, an overview of job duties and responsibilities, assisting with administrative tasks, and the opportunity to practice interpersonal communication within the workplace.

Internship I
...allows participants with little or no prior work and/or volunteer experience to be matched with an employer for a non-competitive position to understand basic on-the-job skills. Examples include participants working on administrative tasks such as filing, data entry and customer service, duties throughout various departments to gain a well-rounded experience and on-the-job training interspersed with teachable moments.

Internship II
...selects participants with previous work experience and/or volunteer experiences who demonstrate career-readiness skills and identify an industry of interest. Participants also demonstrate the ability to work independently of direct supervision. They are then interviewed and matched with a competitive employer focused on the participant’s career interest.
As participants begin to identify their interests and journey, we will work with them to get them connected to appropriate avenues such as:
  • a post-secondary education organization,
  • military branch,
  • national service and job training program, or
  • an entry level, unsubsidized, wage-bearing employment in a competitive position within their desired career pathway.
The Hub is here to help participants with access to supportive services to help them succeed. Some of which include:
  • Re-engagement services
  • Individualized coaching
  • Workshops such as entrepreneurial training, financial literacy, trauma informed care and more
  • Access to CareerLink® opportunities
  • Career wardrobe
  • Transportation support

Program Partners

Start Your Journey

If you are between the ages of 16 and 24 and live, work or attend school in the Promise Zone of West Philadelphia (zip codes: 19104, 19131, 19139), you can start your journey with the Hub today.

Call or email
to set up an appointment:
hub@pyninc.org | 215.473.3630

3901 Market Street, second floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
[Entrance at the corner of 40th and Market Streets]

Monday and Thursday:
10:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday:
8:30am - 4:30pm

Partner With Us

You can make a difference by hosting a work experience or hiring a young person. There are four different opportunities to hire young people for a work experience as well as opportunities to hire young people after their work experiences. The Hub is accepting partners citywide.

Support the Hub

By making a financial contribution, you can help connect young people in West Philadelphia with education and employment services.

*The Hub is made possible by the U.S. Department of Labor Summer Jobs and Beyond Grant*
PYN, Inc.  
400 Market St.
Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19106