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City Rallies to Support Youth Employment and WorkReady Philadelphia

As Giving Tuesday commences the charitable season, WorkReady begins fundraising for youth employment in 2017

Category: WorkReady | Nov 29, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, PA (Nov. 29, 2016) -- On this Giving Tuesday, Mayor James Kenney along with other city officials, businesses, and organizations rallied support for youth employment, making the plea to help give more young people an opportunity.  WorkReady Philadelphia, a citywide campaign managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN), connects young people to employment opportunities that create a foundation to meet the challenges of generating a 21st century workforce.

The press conference began with Mayor Kenney reaffirming the City’s commitment to its young people with the goal of providing 16,000 employment opportunities by 2020.  This past year, 10,650 young people had work experiences provided by WorkReady and other employers and programs across the city.

“Youth employment is critical not only to the success of our youth, but of our city overall.” said Mayor Kenney. “I’m proud of the work we did together last year, and I know we can provide even more opportunities in the coming year. In order to reach our goal, we have to work together, public and private sectors, to create more opportunities through WorkReady Philadelphia.”

Of the 10 largest U.S. cities, Philadelphia has the highest rate of deep poverty, a crisis that can be alleviated through education and employment.  As today’s youth are tomorrow’s workforce, ensuring that they are trained and prepared to enter the workforce is a critical need.

As Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, PYN is working to secure early commitments from the public and private sectors to fund both WorkReady summer jobs in 2017 as well as year-round opportunities.

Among these year-round opportunities is a new partnership, the Hub at PA CareerLink® West, made possible by the US Department of Labor. The Hub integrates the youth and adult public workforce system, connecting youth and young adults with employment and education opportunities, while providing individualized supports.

“The economic vitality of our future, depends on the choices we make today,” said Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO of PYN. “On this Giving Tuesday, we are asking our partners, old and new, to give the gift of opportunity. Your investment is a contribution to ensure our young people succeed, our communities thrive, and our opportunities grow beyond summer to all year long.”

 

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About WorkReady:
WorkReady Philadelphia is a cross-sector, city-wide initiative dedicated to improving the economic outcomes of the region’s youth by attracting, aligning, and investing resources in coordinated, youth-workforce-development strategies. The WorkReady Philadelphia campaign is a collaborative of organizations and resources; including employers, schools, community-based organizations, advocacy groups, labor unions, and private investors.

About the Philadelphia Youth Network:
The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is the managing partner of WorkReady Philadelphia. PYN is an intermediary organization dedicated to connecting systems and leveraging resources. PYN works to equip young people for academic achievement, economic opportunity and personal success. To achieve this mission, we coordinate and support large-scale, cross-sector initiatives while developing targeted programs to expand access to services for underserved youth.

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