Second annual WorkReady celebrations tour takes stakeholders to youth worksites throughout the city to showcase what young people have learned during their summer work experience
PHILADELPHIA, PA (August 3) – On August 3 and August 10, WorkReady Philadelphia, managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN), held the second annual WorkReady Celebrations Tour to exhibit participants’ achievements and lessons from their summer work experience. WorkReady is a portfolio of programs that addresses the skills gap for vulnerable young people through a variety of unique experiences. This summer through WorkReady, young people had a 120-hour paid work experience that provided unique opportunities to build networks and learn necessary skills. The continuum of models provides young people ages 12-21 with a career-connected education.
On the tour, a network of partners had the opportunity over two days to visit various sites and see firsthand how their support is making an impact.
“It is an honor to connect our partners to an authentic experience with young people that showcases their achievements,” said Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO of PYN. “The tour exemplifies how WorkReady creates unique opportunities that make an impact on our young people, our businesses, our communities and our City. ”
The two-day tour kicked off at PYN’s longstanding partner, The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southeastern New Jersey, where the groups boarded buses to visit 10 different worksites including:
On Thursday, August 3:
- New Foundations Charter School
Using their leadership and communication skills, young people taught their peers important 21stcentury skills that are vital to success in 8th grade and high school.
- Philadelphia Fire Academy
Interns for the City of Philadelphia’s Fire Department became Fire Explorers, learned what it takes to be a fire fighter from the office skills, how to gear up and what to do when faced with a fire.
- SEAMAAC, Inc.
Through encouraged youth voice by using transferrable skills like collaboration and creativity, young people performed choreographed dances and breakdances and presented photos and videos as forms of expression.
- WesGold Fellows
Young people have learned what it takes to build a business, and gave presentations with a facilitated critique by group members, peers and supervisors.
Thursday, August 10
- ITSRG Temple University
Young people used digital literacy skills to address social and environmental problems associated with in information and communication technologies. They showcased their work on asset mapping, art installations on their map fieldwork, mobile fitness apps, game apps and live demos of soundproofing techniques.
- Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory
Participants at the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory were introduced to the craft of traditional wooden boat building. These young RiverGuides increased their STEM knowledge by creating interactive lesson plans and going on excursions to teach community members about environment education and ecology.
- Jewish Family and Children’s Services
Recognizing a community need, young people used problem-solving skills to address it. Young people created a pop up thrift shop where pregnant and parenting youth and young adult community members can shop for free and low-cost children’s items.
- Congreso de Latinos Unidos
After learning about businesses and brands, participants used creativity, collaboration and critical thinking skills to create a brand and present it.
- Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
Collaborative group work encouraged communications and productivity, as young people organized and facilitated two fundraisers to raise money for the group’s selected charity. Funds raised were presented to the charities at the tour.
- Urban Affairs Coalition
As science workshop facilitators, students showcased demos of the structures they have created through research and reflection. These cityscapes will be used in some of the Franklin Institute’s events later in the year.