WorkReady provides valuable work experiences for teens and young adults in Philadelphia
For many young people, the introduction to the world of work can set the tone for the rest of their lives. WorkReady offers young people the chance to work in many different career fields in order to develop the critical skills necessary to grow in an increasingly competitive economy.
WorkReady helps teens and young adults ages of 12-24 engage in meaningful employment throughout the year. Depending on the opportunity, young people can earn anywhere from $595 to $1,500 for participating.
This summer, WorkReady created more than 6,600 opportunities for teens and young adults throughout Philadelphia.
65% of WorkReady participants were unemployed prior to WorkReady Summer, and 21% said WorkReady was their first job.
94% of participants felt more prepared for their future after a WorkReady Summer experience.
WorkReady ParticipantAnjali-Kana B., WorkReady participant
One of the skills that WorkReady has taught me this summer is communication skills. I have always been shy and usually never volunteered to speak in a public setting. However, the supportive instructors and the comfortable environment allowed me to practice speaking about my work to my peers and finding the most effective way to communicate. I have always struggled with public speaking and although I do not excel in it even now, gaining experience and practicing speaking through WorkReady will allow me to continue to improve in the future.
WorkReady Alum and VolunteerWilbur C., WorkReady volunteer
WorkReady (a.k.a. Youthworks) provides a young person with the opportunity to gain real life experiences in different areas of employment. It is a chance to test out different fields to see where you might want to focus your education and career later on in life. Work Ready is also a chance to give back to the community. I know as a worker and as a worksite provider the opportunity to enhance the quality of life in a neighborhood is present and we encourage young people to dive in deep as this is your city and community.
WorkReady ParticipantWorkReady participant
WorkReady is a program that helps to identify your dreams, goals, and jobs for the future. WorkReady also helps to make new friends and make you more strong and confident in personality and life.
WorkReady programs provide 6-8 week experiences in the Summer and throughout the school year during and after school-time hours.Learn More
WorkReady programs provide paid opportunities for young people to build skills and gain work experience.Learn More
WorkReady includes skill-building opportunities for teens and young adults including how to apply for a job, understanding and managing money, building technological skills, developing resumes, learning about careers and industries, and much more.Learn More
Employers are vital to the success of our WorkReady program. Last year, even with the economic impacts of the pandemic, our employer partners not only invested $618,500 into WorkReady, they also provided virtual internships, participated in virtual career panels and helped explore new ways to build a local and diverse talent pipeline.