03/15/2021: Young Philadelphians: Ready to Work?

The 2021 WorkReady summer application is live

On Monday, March 15, 2021, the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) launched the 2021 WorkReady Summer application. Starting today, young people between the ages of 12 and 24 who live in Philadelphia can begin enrolling in the WorkReady Summer program to gain work experiences this summer.

All WorkReady participants receive compensation via wages or incentives for their participation in the program, which runs from July through August. This summer, programming will include safe in-person or hybrid (in-person and virtual) experiences. WorkReady partners with the City of Philadelphia Office of Children and Families and Philadelphia Works and is managed by PYN.

In order to ensure that young people can easily apply to the program, we are excited to announce several enhancements this year, including:

  1. WorkReady Summer Customer Service Center. PYN launched a central place for young people to speak directly to an individual who will help them begin, troubleshoot, or complete the WorkReady application process. The Summer Customer Service Center will be open five days a week via phone (267.502.3900) and email.
  2. Program Locator. This digital tool allows young people and their families to browse all WorkReady programs based on age, zip code, work experience and/or areas of interest. Young people can easily find referral codes, contact our program partners, or apply to participate in a program using this tool.

“Leveraging our experiences from last summer, we knew that we needed to continue to enhance WorkReady Summer for young people  – and we knew that this all needed to start with the application process. It is our priority to ensure that not only are young people provided with meaningful work experiences, but also able to seamlessly apply to WorkReady Summer,” said Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, PYN’s President & CEO. “All young people deserve the chance to thrive, and we believe that the improvements to the WorkReady Summer application will help more young Philadelphians enter the workforce this summer.”

To apply to WorkReady Summer, visit workready.org.

About WorkReady Summer

WorkReady programs offer 12–24-year-olds in Philadelphia opportunities for workforce preparation. WorkReady School-Year opportunities are available by invitation only. WorkReady Summer programming runs between July and August each year. For many young people, work experiences are a critical first introduction to the world of work. WorkReady Summer offers 100+ different programs through 80+ partner organizations throughout Philadelphia. This summer, the program will offer safe in-person experiences for young people to gain valuable experience and develop critical skills. Each year, at least twice as many young people apply for the roughly 8,000 opportunities available. WorkReady partners and supporters are working to raise awareness and raise funds so that more young people can work this summer. WorkReady is managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN). For more information, visit www.workready.org.

About Philadelphia Youth Network

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:

  • Build systemic solutions that close gaps in youth serving systems,
  • Support and train youth-serving organizations to deliver high quality programs that develop academic and career readiness skills,
  • Engage employers and system leaders to ensure that today’s young people will be prepared to join tomorrow’s workforce, and
  • Design comprehensive service networks to prepare youth for successful futures in school, work and life.

For more information, visit www.pyninc.org.

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