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PYN Hosts "Welcome Week" Summer Jobs Orientation - Offers 400+ Paid Opportunities!


Philadelphia Youth Network Will Provide More Than 400 Summer Work Opportunities

Philadelphia, PA – June 24, 2024 – Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) kicked off its WorkReady BOOST program – a dynamic career development initiative providing internships and part-time jobs for more than 400 youth in Philadelphia this summer.  Over the next few days, PYN’s “Welcome Week” will provide a general orientation and job readiness training to all youth participants.

 

“It is imperative to reach our youth as young as possible and prepare them for their future,” PYN President and CEO Wendy-Anne Roberts-Johnson said. “When young people develop and become more confident in their skillset, they are motivated to prosper. We want our young people to experiment, learn something new, and of course, have fun this summer.”



PYN is hosting hundreds of young people this summer through its overarching, year-round “WorkReady BOOST” initiative. Slots are funded through a combination of public and private funding which includes the city’s new summer youth employment program, C2L-PHL, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and several corporate and private foundations. PYN’s summer program offers 120 hours of paid work experience, which usually consists of 100 hours on-site and 20 hours of classroom-based professional development training. Participating youth can earn up to $1,500 and will be supported with wraparound services as well as financial literacy and soft skills training.

 


I’m looking forward to meeting new people and expanding my experience with managing social media,” said Britten Perkins, one of the young people who will be working directly with the Philadelphia Youth Network as a part of their communications and social media team. “I feel like this job will be a great opportunity for me!”

 

Some examples of the companies and organizations PYN is providing internships with include PECO, PGW, Girls Inc., Philadelphia City Council, Bank of America, iHeart Radio, and Harriett’s Bookshop. These opportunities represent PYN’s partnerships with some of Philadelphia’s top businesses.

 

“iHeartMedia Philadelphia is excited to host PYN’s WorkReady students again,” Loraine Ballard Morill, the Director of News and Community Affairs in the Philadelphia region, said. “Not only will students be provided hands-on experience in media but I find we learn as much from them as they do from us. There are several things that contribute to the success of youth: mentoring, a sense of identity and exposure to new possibilities.  Our partnership with WorkReady provides all three.”



With the help of its partners, PYN has provided over 250,000 Philadelphia youth to work in internships, training programs, and out-of-school time programs since it was founded in 1999. For 25 years, PYN has been dedicated to the development and empowerment of the city’s youth.

 

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About the Philadelphia Youth Network: The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) creates education and employment opportunities for youth and young adults by building systemic solutions that close gaps in youth serving systems, supporting and training youth-serving organizations to deliver high quality career readiness programming, and engaging employers and system leaders to ensure that today’s young people will be prepared to join tomorrow’s workforce. For more information, visit www.pyninc.org

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