PYN is now accepting applications for summer jobs


WorkReady Philadelphia, managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN), is a portfolio of programs that address the skills gap for vulnerable young people.

With programs in the summer and year-round, WorkReady provides young people career-connected education designed to create long-lasting relationships while gaining the critical 21st century skills that are foundational to entering the workforce. WorkReady addresses the importance of youth employment by providing young people an opportunity to learn and bringing employers new energy, creativity, comfort with technology and eagerness to learn.

WorkReady's continuum of models connect our city's young people to opportunity. PYN works to leverage funding through blended private and public investments that financially support a young person's work experience. Through a competitive procurement process, WorkReady's network of youth serving-organizations (providers) receive administrative and financial support to coordinate with worksites where young people receive a quality work experience. Businesses and organizations throughout the region can also sponsor and/or hire young people to create meaningful experiences, while shaping the future workforce of our city.

  Youth Stories


  Year-Round Programs

Year-round programs offer opportunities for eligible young people ages 12 - 21 both in-school and out-of-school. These programs focus on career-connected education, credential attainment to pave a viable career pathway and placement in post-secondary education or employment opportunities.

  WorkReady Summer Models

WorkReady summer models offer educationally-enriched work exposure to in-school and out-of-school youth and young adults, ages 14-21. Participants complete a six-week (120 hour), paid work experience that fosters the acquisition of the 21st century skills through work-based learning. This continuum of models challenges youth to understand the correlations between work experience, high school completion and credential attainment, and how those variables impact their potential for college and career success.

Get Connected

In Philadelphia, our work as a city is not complete until equitable systems are built that enable every young person to access meaningful, career-readiness programming, achieve a secondary credential and succeed in their post-secondary choice.

Building scalable solutions for young people that benefit our city is the cornerstone of this work. Investing in WorkReady is an investment in the future of Philadelphia.

Young people involved in WorkReady participate in early exposure of various career opportunities while:

  • Gaining transferable workplace skills
  • Completing projects and eligibility for school credit
  • Making long-lasting connections
  • Learning fiscal responsibility and financial literacy

Youth Application

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Businesses and individuals can have a significant impact in shaping the future workforce of our region when they participate in WorkReady programming.

Joining WorkReady Philadelphia as an employer 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.

Connect to WorkReady:

  • Financially sponsor a young person's summer work experience ($1,800 provides one summer opportunity)
  • Hire a young person at your workplace
  • Get recognition for your pre-existing summer internship program with the WorkReady Seal of Approval

Worksite Toolkit

Resources specific for those participating in the WorkReady internship program.

WorkReady providers are youth-serving organizations that offer high-quality experiences, through three summer program models: career-exposure, service-based learning, and work experience. Providers serve young people ages 12-24.

Current list of contracted WorkReady Providers

Across the city, public and private investors 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 and improves outcomes for young people. The benefits are endless and the impact is timeless. Be part of something spectacular in Philadelphia by committing to join us on this journey.

Invest in summer work experiences

There are several ways that investors and employers can support WorkReady Philadelphia. These include financially sponsoring youth work experiences through investments and Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, hiring young people at your workplace, becoming a Seal of Approval supporter, and more.

Create unique funding opportunities

There are many ways to partner with PYN outside of donations and work experiences. If you are interested in discussing sponsorship and in-kind donations, or interested in exploring public-private partnerships, contact Stephanie Gambone, Executive Vice President.

Who's Involved

  Organizations that invest in various youth programming across the WorkReady system

DIAMOND (Hired or Sponsored 100+ Interns)

City of Philadelphia

GOLD (Hired or Sponsored 10-24 Interns)

CHUBB ∘ Cancer Treatment Centers of America

SILVER (Hired or Sponsored 1-9 Interns)

AECOM ∘ The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ∘ Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust ∘ Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine ∘ Radian Group, Inc. ∘ Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young ∘ Tierney

  Provides a minimum direct investment of $100,000 and/or a has a network of 5,000+ that influences increased opportunities for youth


Recruitment Partners
Has a network of 100+ that directly support one WorkReady summer experience for youth.
Philadelphia AcademiesUAC

Recruitment Supporters
Has a network of 500+ that influences increased opportunities for youth.
Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of CommerceMain Line Chamber of Commerce

Reports & Resources

Success starts with summer

Summer jobs are a critical entry point for youth employment. This resource highlights the WorkReady summer program.

2015-2016 WorkReady Status Report

This status report shows the impact of WorkReady Philadelphia and highlights the importance of youth employment.


Status Reports:

Youth Voices:

Worksite Toolkit

Resources specific for those participating in the WorkReady internship program.

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