This past year has been an unbelievable testament to the resilience of humanity, and the common needs we all share for health, justice and safety. The global pandemic, economic devastation and the systemic racial inequities that have risen to the surface have all caused great harm, but they have also disrupted the status quo and made way for greater collaboration, creativity and innovation. Your commitment, investments and support helped us to reimagine our impact for young people. While this year was challenging, we harnessed the energy of our partners – schools, employers, service providers, funders, and young people – to create new services that support career readiness for youth and young adults inPhiladelphia. We are truly grateful because we know these successes would not have been possible without your help.
Although we faced obstacles, we never stopped pursuing more equitable outcomes for young people. In a time when so much was being closed down or canceled for young people, we strived to remain a “yes” in a world of “no.” To pursue our vision of alleviating poverty and promoting equity through education and employment, we applied lessons learned from our strategic plan to innovate and pivot our system in response to the needs that arose for young people because of the pandemic. We areso glad that we did not face this time alone, and that so many of you chose to use your talents and resources to ensure young people had opportunities to earn money, build skills, remain connected to education, and imagine their future careers.
The many events of 2020 challenged us all, but we remain committed to young people because they deserve every chance to develop their potential and thrive.
Please read more in PYN's 2019-2020 annual report, Impact Reimagined.
About Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend:
With a commitment to increasing young people's access to life-changing opportunities, Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend joined the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) in 2005. As President and CEO, Chekemma is charged with overseeing the organization's vision, mission, and overall direction. Drawing on more than 15 years of experience, Chekemma has used her social work foundation in macro-practice with a concentration in research and non-profit administration to influence the way PYN views its work and decision-making processes. Before her appointment as President and CEO, Chekemma served in various capacities throughout the organization; most recently, she was PYN's Vice President of Program Services. In this role, she led a team accountable for program design, implementation, evaluation, compliance, and continuous improvement for all programs managed by the organization which serve more than 15,000 youth annually.