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Philadelphia's First Career Development Program

Offering  paid career development opportunities for Philadelphia youth 12-24 years old. 


What Is WorkReady?

Important Updates!

Get paid while learning skills that will open doors to future career opportunities!

The Philadelphia Youth Network's WorkReady programs represent a comprehensive youth employment initiative designed to provide young individuals in Philadelphia with valuable work experience, skills development, and career exposure. WorkReady programs aim to prepare youth for the workforce by offering career development curriculum along with a range of paid employment opportunities, including internships, summer jobs, and apprenticeships.

WorkReady collaborates with various local businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to create meaningful employment opportunities for participants. Through this initiative, the Philadelphia Youth Network strives to empower youth, enhance their employability, and foster a pipeline of skilled and motivated future workers in the city. 


WorkReady stakeholders seek to give young people access to a meaningful paid work experience that promotes self-efficacy, connects youth to caring adults, and offers the opportunity to build the transferable skills required to secure and sustain employment.

  • WorkReady is evolving!  As of 2024, PYN and WorkReady will no longer oversee Philadelphia's general Summer Youth Employment Program.

  • As of this summer, applications for the general pool of 8,000 city funded summer job opportunities will be hosted through the city's new Career Connected Learning Philadelphia (C2L PHL) webpage.

  • Read more and apply online at


  • While WorkReady will offer less job opportunities this summer, we are planning to offer nearly 1,000 of the highest quality, most meaningful year-round internship and career development opportunities our city has to offer!

Paid Job Opportunities 

Career Exposure

Direct Worksite  


Career Coaching + Mentorship

Professional Skills Development

Financial Literacy + Empowerment 

Unique + Diverse Worksites

Resume Building

+ Career Curriculum 

School Year Programs

Historically a summer experience, PYN's WorkReady program has been expanded to include year-round career development opportunities through two new innovative program initiatives—  The WorkReady BOOST (Blueprint for Occupational Opportunities, Success, and Training) and WorkReady VIP (Violence Intervention and Prevention) programs.

This expansion brings hundreds of high-quality, year round career development opportunities to Philadelphia, providing participants with paid internship opportunities and unique pathways for personal and professional growth. 

Education Participants

Due to limited capacity, youth should be prepared to submit basic applications and participate in a pre-screening interview process! Follow the links below to learn more about each of our WorkReady Initiatives and find the right one for you. 

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 (Blueprint for Occupational Opportunities, Success, and Training)

WorkReady - BOOST

Funded by grant dollars from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) this initiative is focused on offering occupational opportunities, financial literacy, and jobsite training, equipping youth with essential skills for future success.


Tailored for individuals aged 14 to 24 in Philadelphia's highest priority violence affected zip codes, WorkReady VIP offers comprehensive work experiences, mentorship, and career development curriculum paired with opportunities for social emotional learning, and conflict resolution strategies.

WorkReady - VIP

(Violence Intervention and Prevention)

Summer Programs

WorkReady Summer is designed to help 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.


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 Summer experiences typically take place through Youth Employer Partners around Philadelphia and include 120 hours of paid work experience along with professional development sessions, industry tours, and career coaching.  


Hear it from PYN alumni

Success Stories

At PYN, we measure our success by the impact we have on the lives of the young people we serve. Here are some of our success stories.

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