PHILADELPHIA (September 14, 2021) -- On August 31, 2021, Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) partnered with Unite Pennsylvania, a coordinated care network of health and social service providers, connected through Unite Us’ shared technology platform. The network launched in partnership with 61 organizations in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region, including JEVS Human Services (JEVS).
Unite Pennsylvania creates a single space where PYN, JEVS, and many additional partner organizations can quickly connect students and clients to local health, human, and community-based organizations to address their education and training needs and broader health and social needs to improve life outcomes.
Early data from Measure of America shows that, as a nation, we have lost ten years of progress in reaching education and employment goals for young people in the wake of the pandemic. In Philadelphia, many young people have still not been able to re-engage in their education, long-term training, or career goals. In order to address this reality, PYN has partnered with Unite Us to more efficiently and effectively connect disengaged young people to programs that are the best fit for them to improve their long-term health outcomes. This will support PYN’s mission to help more individuals prepare for further education and quality jobs.
PYN joined Unite Pennsylvania in direct response to needs voiced by youth training and social service providers in Philadelphia. PYN program providers needed a better way to refer young people to programs as well as provide faster and more equitable access to opportunities, without reliance on personal networks between programs. This partnership underscores PYN’s commitment to create stronger communities and improve the quality of life for Philadelphians in need of connection to training, education, and supportive services.
“JEVS is excited to be a partner with United Us and PYN. Young people in our community are facing unprecedented challenges rebounding and recovering from the trials of the last 18 months,” said Jay Spector, President and CEO, JEVS Human Services. “This effort will help connect thousands with the resources and services they need to get back on their feet, return to learning, and make new progress on their goals.”
Unite Us anticipates adding many additional service providers in the coming months.
"Our network launch in Pennsylvania has been a much-anticipated event and we are thrilled to launch in the Greater Philadelphia region," said Kathryn Murdock, Northeast Regional Network Director, Unite Us. "The Unite Us end-to-end solution is helping people in over 42 states around the country get connected to the care and services they need in a more effective and efficient manner. In Pennsylvania, we know it will be a useful solution for our network providers by enabling them to improve their workflows and thus, better meet the needs of the people they serve.”
"PYN is so pleased to be a part of launching the Unite Pennsylvania network and know it will be a great resource as we strive to serve more young people next year," said Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President & CEO at PYN. "The world and the workforce have changed, and we know that this partnership will support our continuous efforts to evolve and employ new tools to meet the needs of young people and prepare them for the future."
The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) creates education and employment opportunities for youth and young adults. We believe every young person deserves the chance to cultivate their talents and to achieve their dreams. To make more opportunities available to youth and young adults, we:
For more information, visit www.pyninc.org.
Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This HITRUST-certified social care infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
JEVS Human Services enhances the employability, independence, and quality of life of individuals through a broad range of education, employment, health, rehabilitation, recovery and youth programs. Consistent with their core principles and entrepreneurial spirit, JEVS Human Services creates innovative and sustainable solutions to address current and future community needs.