Category: WorkReady | May 20, 2011
Important Note about Youth Applications
for WorkReady Summer Programs:
Please Read Carefully Before Starting an Application
Due to budget cuts in 2011, WorkReady Philadelphia summer programs have significantly fewer youth jobs available than in past summers. In particular, federal “stimulus” funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act were a large source of summer jobs for the past two years and are no longer available.
Given the extremely high volume of applicants we have received already this year, any youth who submits an application after Friday, May 20, 2011 will automatically be placed on our enrollment appointment wait list.
Once on the wait list, youth will not be contacted for a WorkReady enrollment appointment unless additional opportunities become available.
Each year, there are more applicants than available jobs. We pursue all possible avenues of funding to support these programs, including grants from foundations and government agencies at the federal, state and local levels; local businesses to support employer-paid internships, and even state tax credits to businesses that support the program. For the first time, this year, we also initiated an individual giving appeal through a Save Summer Jobs campaign.
It is our goal to provide a job for every young person in Philadelphia who wants one. Even if we are unable to offer a young person a position this year, his or her application is still important to us. The numbers of youth who apply help us make the case to funders that young people want to work and are trying to get valuable experience that will help them later in life. We will do everything we can to increase the number of opportunities available next year and we encourage youth to apply again in the spring.