02/16/2018: City Officials Work With Partners Including Philadelphia Youth Network to Develop New Workforce Development Strategy

Philadelphia, PA (February 15, 2018) – Today, the City of Philadelphia held an official launch for the new workforce strategy. The launch took place at the Community College of Philadelphia with Mayor Jim Kenney and featured a panel of system leaders, including Philadelphia Youth Network’s (PYN) President and CEO, Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, to discuss their shared commitment among major city institutions. The panel, moderated by City of Philadelphia’s Managing Director, Michael DiBerardinis, also included H. Patrick Clancy of Philadelphia Works, Dr. Donald Generals of Community College of Philadelphia, Dr. William Hite of the School District of Philadelphia, and Daniel Fitzpatrick of Citizens Bank.

This ambitious workforce initiative includes the opening of an Office of Workforce Development and the official citywide workforce strategy, Fueling Philadelphia’s Talent Enginewhich was unveiled at the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia’s Annual Mayoral Luncheon. The workforce strategy was assembled with input from the Workforce Development Steering Committee, a cross-sector collaborative group of leaders including city officials, PYN, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia Works Inc., the School District of Philadelphia and Community College of Philadelphia, to bridge the gap between job seekers and employers.

Among the goals and strategies outlined in the plan, PYN will continue to:

  • Work with the Generation Work partners, the Department of Human Services, and Philadelphia Works Inc., to engage 4,000 opportunity youth and young adults, ages 16-24, in a comprehensive sector-based career pathway program leading to an industry credential and opportunity to secure living wage work
  • Create 16,000 high-quality work experiences including summer jobs and year-round opportunities for young people with WorkReady partners such as the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia Works Inc., School District of Philadelphia and Urban Affairs Coalition

“PYN is proud to be a strong partner in both the development and implementation of Fueling Philadelphia’s Talent Engine. This first-ever citywide workforce strategy is what Philadelphia needs to ensure every resident is prepared to succeed today and thrive tomorrow,” said Fulmore-Townsend. “PYN’s mission is to create coordinated systems which promote academic achievement, economic opportunity and personal success. We are confident that our individual efforts will be amplified in the coming years as we work across organizational boundaries to achieve the ambitious goals outlined is this shared strategy.”

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