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ERIC Number: ED539920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
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More than A Summer Job: WorkReady 2009 Report
Philadelphia Youth Network
WorkReady Philadelphia is the City's comprehensive approach to youth workforce development. Since its founding in 2003, the initiative's efforts have leveraged funds from a variety of sources to significantly expand available opportunities for Philadelphia's youth. The WorkReady Philadelphia system aligns the efforts of the private sector, government, the School District of Philadelphia, foundations and community-based organizations to provide career preparation, academic enrichment, college exposure and work readiness training for youth ages 14-24, through year-round and summer-only programs. This summer, WorkReady benefited from the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), also known as the "stimulus package," which allocated funds for youth employment. As a result, more young people than ever were able to participate in a WorkReady experience. ARRA also increased the maximum age of the youth served through WorkReady from 21 to 24. During Summer 2009, WorkReady Philadelphia programs provided 8,500 young people throughout the Philadelphia region with six weeks of high-quality, work-related experiences. The work environments where youth participants were placed were incredibly diverse, ranging from universities to museums to corporate offices. In addition to being exposed to the world of work, youth were able to gain skills, explore careers and connect with positive adults. When young people learn how to become better employees, entrepreneurs and leaders, we are all better off as a City and as a society. WorkReady Philadelphia is more than a set of programs. It is a broad system and an effective investment vehicle. It is a powerful representation of an unwavering commitment to youth and to the educational and economic success of the region. This report provides participation data, personal accounts and system-wide information from WorkReady Summer 2009.
Philadelphia Youth Network. 714 Market Street Suite 304, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 267-502-3800; Fax: 267-502-3801; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Philadelphia Youth Network
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009