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Philadelphia Youth Network Releases New Strategic Plan, 2020 Vision


Category: PYN | Jan 12, 2017

Philadelphia, PA (January 12, 2016) – On Thursday, January 12, Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) released 2020 Vision, a strategic plan that outlines the organization’s goals for the next three years.  Through a year-long reflective process, PYN arrived at a new vision statement that serves as the motivation and foundation for its work: To alleviate poverty and inequity through education and employment. 

PYN recognized the need to acknowledge the changing landscape nationally and locally, and barriers it is working to address. Although the types of work that PYN does will not change, the organization identified three roles and set related goals to better capture the full scope of work and strategic direction. Through education and employment initiatives, PYN looks to:

  1. Be a system builder by expanding the continuum of education and employment opportunities by 30%, which means creating 20,000 opportunities annually.
  2. Be an innovation incubator by improving and scaling three pilots for vulnerable populations with one or more barriers to education and employment, locally and nationally.
  3. Be a strategic consultant by sharing best practices through replication in two states beyond Pennsylvania.

“We acknowledge the enormity of this vision, and we have always believed that no one organization or system can tackle problems alone,” said Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend. “We remain committed and inspired by the potential of the people we serve, by the dedication of our service-provider partners, and the support of our investors."

PYN released the plan at its inaugural Annual Meeting, a private event wherein Fulmore-Townsend discussed the local and national landscape of poverty and inequity as well as PYN’s response, 2020 Vision.  Her remarks were followed by a panel discussion. Speakers at the event included:

  • Lili Allen, Associate Vice President, Reconnection Designs, Jobs for the Future
  • Jeff Brown, President & CEO, Brown’s Superstores, Inc.
  • John Colborn, Chief Operating Officer, JEVS Human Services
  • Jim Dever, President, Philadelphia Market, Bank of America
  • Michael DiBerardinis, City of Philadelphia
  • Otis Hackney, Chief Education Officer, City of Philadelphia
  • Douglas Oliver, Director of Communications, PECO

PYN’s strategic plan will officially take effect in July 2017, though the organization is always working toward its goals. To learn more about 2020 Vision, see pyninc.org/2020vision.

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