About

WorkReady Philadelphia, managed by the The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN), addresses 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 is a citywide effort that uses cross-sector partnerships to connect our city’s young people to opportunity. PYN works to leverage funding through public and private investments that financially sponsor a young person’s work experience. WorkReady distributes support to a network of providers through a competitive procurement process, who coordinate worksites where young people have their introduction to the world of work. Employers throughout the region also sponsor and/or hire young people to create meaningful experiences, while shaping the future workforce of our city.


  Youth Stories

Programs

  Year-Round Programs

Year-round programs offer opportunities for eligible young people ages 16-24 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 21st Century WorkReady skills
  • Completing projects and eligibility for school credit
  • Making long-lasting connections
  • Learning fiscal responsibility and financial literacy

Youth Application

Each year, young people are required to submit a new application. Once the application is completed, please check your email inbox for a confirmation (check your spam folder!). This will contain information and documents that you will need if you are invited to an enrollment appointment. We make every effort to find opportunities for as many young people as possible, but due to the overwhelming demand for summer employment, placement in a program cannot be guaranteed.

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

WorkReady Supporters that Hired or Sponsored 100+ Interns

City of Philadelphia


WorkReady Supporters that Hired or Sponsored 25 - 99 Interns

Bank of America ∘ Bloomberg Arts Interns ∘ CHUBB ∘ CIGNA ∘ Citizens Bank ∘ Drexel University ∘ Get HYPE Philly ∘ Independence Blue Cross ∘ Patricia Kind Family Foundation ∘ PECO ∘ Wells Fargo Foundation, The


WorkReady Supporters that Hired or Sponsored 10-24 Interns

Brown's ShopRite ∘ Cancer Treatment Centers of America ∘ Comcast ∘ Hahnemann University Hospital ∘ Jefferson ∘ Southeast Regional Workforce Development Partnership


WorkReady Supporters that Hired or Sponsored 1-9 Interns

AECOM ∘ American Bible Society ∘ AmeriHealth Caritas ∘ Beneficial Bank ∘ Brandywine Realty Trust ∘ Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia ∘ Community College of Philadelphia ∘ Cosmic Catering LLC ∘ Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, The ∘ CVS ∘ Deloitte LLP ∘ Deloitte Employee Contributions to the Deloitte Academy ∘ Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC ∘ Federal Reserve Bank ∘ Liberty Property Trust ∘ NHS Human Services ∘ Peirce College ∘ Pennoni Associates Inc. ∘ Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust ∘ Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO ∘ Philadelphia Gas Works ∘ Philadelphia International Airport ∘ Radian ∘ Rittenhouse Foundation, The ∘ SMG - Pennsylvania Convention Center ∘ Southeast Regional Workforce Development Partnership ∘ Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP ∘ Tierney ∘ University City Science Center ∘ Visit Philadelphia ∘ WES Health System ∘ Wills Eye Hospital


WorkReady Seal of Approval Employers (Internships)
Businesses that host their own internship programs that meet WorkReady's criteria for excellence.

Philadelphia Works

  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.


  Archive

Status Reports:

Youth Voices:


Worksite Toolkit

Resources specific for those participating in the WorkReady internship program.

News & Events