WorkReady Philadelphia, managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network is a citywide effort to address the skills gap by convening partners, employers, leaders of youth-serving systems and youth to build a coordinated approach to preparing young people for future employment.

WorkReady stakeholders seek to give young people ages 12-24 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.

When young people have access to early employment opportunities, they are:
  • Applying more essential skills such as communication, time management, accountability and more,
  • Infusing wages back into the local economy, and
  • Generating a professional network to build social capital, navigate complex systems and climb career ladders.

  Youth Stories


With an aligned mission and coordinated service delivery systems, PYN partners on behalf of WorkReady with youth-serving organizations to implement long-term and short-term programmatic solutions.

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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.

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 PYN-managed internship program.

WorkReady providers are youth-serving organizations that offer high-quality experiences, through four summer program models: career exposure, service learning, work experience and internships. 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 (Directly Hired or Financially Supported 100+ Interns)

City of Philadelphia ∘ City of Philadelphia, Department of Human Services ∘ City of Philadelphia, Department of Parks and Recreation ∘ Philadelphia Works

PLATINUM (Directly Hired or Financially Supported 25 - 99 Interns)

Bank of America ∘ Citizens Bank ∘ Comcast ∘ Drexel University ∘ Independence Blue Cross ∘ Lenfest Foundation ∘ PECO ∘ United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey ∘ Wells Fargo

GOLD (Directly Hired or Financially Supported 10-24 Interns)

Amerihealth Caritas ∘ Cancer Treatment Centers of America ∘ CHUBB ∘ Cities for Financial Empowerment ∘ H. Chase Lenfest ∘ Jefferson

SILVER (Directly Hired or Financially Supported 1-9 Interns)

AECOM ∘ Alston Beech Foundation ∘ Bank of America ∘ Brown's Superstores Inc. ∘ The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia ∘ The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ∘ CityLife Health ∘ Community College of Philadelphia ∘ CVS Health ∘ Customers Bank ∘ Deloitte LLP ∘ Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation ∘ Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC ∘ Educational Data Systems, Inc. ∘ Educationa Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates ∘ Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia ∘ Fox & Roach Charities ∘ Jefferson Health - Northeast ∘ Lutron Electrics ∘ M&T Bank ∘ Parkway Corporation ∘ Peirce College ∘ Pennoni Associates Inc. ∘ Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company ∘ Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine ∘ Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO ∘ Philadelphia Gas Works ∘ Philadelphia International Airport ∘ Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Health and Welfare Fund ∘ Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) ∘ Philadelphia Regional Port Authority ∘ The Rittenhouse Foundation ∘ The Southeastern Pennsylvania Manufacturing Alliance (SEPMA) ∘ SMG - Pennsylvania Convention Center ∘ Slalom, LLC ∘ Stoneleigh Foundation ∘ Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young ∘ Subaru Foundation ∘ Tierney ∘ University City Science Center ∘ Visit Philadelphia ∘ The Wawa Foundation ∘ Wills Eye Health System

  Contracted youth-serving organizations that operate programming
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  • The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
  • City of Philadelphia
    • Department of Commerce
    • Department of Human Services
    • Workforce Steering Committee
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • Generation Work powered by
    • Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN)
    • Philadelphia Youth Network
    • District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund
    • YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School
  • Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth
  • Philadelphia Family Court
  • Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Education
  • Philadelphia Youth Network (managing partner)
  • Philadelphia Works, Inc.
  • School District of Philadelphia
  • UAC Summer Jobs Champion Cabinet
  • WorkReady Supports
    • Employers
    • Investors
    • Providers

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.

News & Events