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In Philadelphia, our work as a city is not complete until sustainable systems are built that enable every young person in Philadelphia to access meaningful, career-readiness programming, achieve a secondary credential and succeed in their post-secondary choice. Across all sectors, we undertake these tasks together in order to see our young people succeed. Together, we have shown that we are capable of building a brighter, more qualified Philadelphia - a city that is defined by active and productive citizens who are prepared to take their places as the city's next innovators and leaders of tomorrow.
Across the city, businesses and individuals can make a significant impact by investing in WorkReady and helping to shape the future workforce of our region. Investing in WorkReady allows you to build a strong community, improve outcomes for young people and increase your bottom line. The benefits are endless, and the impact is timeless. Be part of something spectacular in Philadelphia by committing to join us on this journey.
By making a financial contribution, you can help keep young people on track to educational and economic success. Donations can be made via check, credit card, PayPal and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey's Donor Choice Program.
There are several ways that investors and employers can support the WorkReady Summer Work Employment program.
PYN has many exciting ways to partner with investors outside of donations and summer work experiences. If you are interested in discussing sponsorship and in-kind donations, or exploring public-private partnerships, contact Stephanie Gambone, Executive Vice President.
Join our Collective Impact Efforts:
PYN convenes and collaborates with dozens of organizations, schools and government agencies through partnership efforts aimed at increasing and enhancing opportunities for youth including Project U-Turn, WorkReady Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success. For more information about these partnerships, please contact Stephanie Gambone at 267-502-3726 or email her.
Connect to our Program Models:
PYN manages a variety of program models for both in-school and out-of-school youth. If you are interested in partnering with PYN to integrate services or curriculum into PYN-funded programs, please contact us to find out more.
Want to Become a PYN Contractor?
PYN contracts with organizations, (also known as "providers") to operate programs or provide services through an RFP (Request for Proposal) process. All RFPs are posted on our website and/or on the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success website.
Below is a list of past Requests for Proposals issued by the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success (formerly the Youth Council). These are no longer active, but are provided here as reference for anyone interested in learning about these program models and blended funding initiatives, as well as organizations interested in learning the about the Council's procurement process.
There are many exciting ways young people can get connected to PYN-managed models.
Summer Employment Program:
The WorkReady Summer Employment Program offers educationally-enriched work opportunities to in-school and out of school youth through three program models: Work Experience, Service Learning and Internship. Youth, ages 14-21, who are Philadelphia residents and have not matriculated into a post-secondary program, are eligible to apply to participate in the summer employment program. Learn more
Career Exposure Program:
(This pilot is currently only available for six weeks during the summer.)
In addition to paid work experiences, Philadelphia Youth Network offers an experiential learning program for rising eighth graders (ages 12 - 14). Learn more
Year-Round Programs target participants who seek assistance completing high school, have disengaged from high school or have a high school diploma but are disconnected from education and employment. Learn more
The Next Enrollment Cycle will begin in July 2016.
E3 Power Centers:
The E3 Center program model is a neighborhood-based, holistic approach to preparing out-of-school youth and youth returning from juvenile placement to achieve long-term educational, career and personal goals, including self-sufficiency. Philadelphia's E3 Centers are designed to provide supports along three interrelated pathways: Education, Employment, and Empowerment, the three E's. Learn more
E3 Power Centers are now implementing a new post-secondary bridging program, key features of which include supported dual-enrollment in both secondary and post-secondary courses, a focus on college knowledge and success strategies, and personalized guidance and connections to "best bet" post-secondary programs that lead to credentials with payoff in the labor market, and college placement support.
The importance of a college education is evident in today's economy. Having a post-secondary degree gives you a step-up in the community, and contributes to a skilled workforce.
Find the resources you need to get important information on college, such as: how to apply, where to learn about financial aid and choosing the major that fits your goals. Also, find out what skills you need after college in order to be successful in the workplace.
- http://www.actstudent.org/ - This site provides information on finding, registering and preparing for the ACT test. Information on college and career planning and financial aid are also available
- https://fafsa.ed.gov/ - This is the website for FAFSA- the Free Application for Student Aid. This important application will connect you with federally-funded or federally guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school. The site has information on completing the application as well as information on applying to college and managing your student loans
- http://www.fastweb.com/ - This site allows you to search for scholarships and colleges as well as look for jobs and internships. It also provides current news on financial aid
- https://www.collegeboard.org/ - The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. On this website, you can find information on planning for and applying to college, as well as paying for college and taking the SAT
- http://www.pheaa.org/ - The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) website provides information on scholarships, grants and loans for post-secondary education
Having a job or internship gives you the opportunity to gain high-quality workplace experiences outside the classroom, allowing you to grow your professional networks.
Here, you will learn the valuable skills necessary to take your next step towards the career of your dreams. Explore career options and get more information on job resources, including job search engines, job fairs and helpful career-related advice.
It's never too late to change your life for the better. The decision to return to school is never easy, especially if you've been out of the classroom for a while.
Our models are designed as a holistic approach to assist you in creating a post‐secondary credential and providing coordinated services and resources to help you achieve those goals. You can get connected to counseling and occupational training programs in areas like: auto repair, culinary arts, Microsoft Office and more.