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ERIC Number: ED540205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Young People Take Their Rightful Places as Full and Contributing Members of a World Class Workforce: Philadelphia Youth Network Annual Report 2006
Philadelphia Youth Network
The title of this year's annual report has particular meaning for all of the staff at the Philadelphia Youth Network. The phrase derives from Philadelphia Youth Network's (PYN's) new vision statement, developed as part of its recent strategic planning process, which reads: All of our city's young people take their rightful places as full and contributing members of a world class work force for the region. Implicit in this statement is a belief that too many of the young people they serve have limited access to workplace experience and social networks that can lead to occupations that are in demand today in the regional economy. And that in order to take their rightful places in that economy, they need to equip these young people with the skills and habits of work that will enable them to compete successfully for those jobs. While they are not yet close to achieving this vision, 2006 saw clear movement in that direction: (1) Project U-Turn, the City-wide campaign to address Philadelphia's dropout crisis, was launched in October. As a result, the City became aware of the magnitude of the problem, and also came to understand what can be done about it. At the same time, disconnected young people in the City began to understand that they are valued, and that they have options to return to school and move toward self-sufficiency; (2) WorkReady Philadelphia also made considerable progress. The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce embraced the WorkReady agenda, committing to double the number of employer-paid youth internships and bringing youth workforce development to the public's attention as never before; and (3) Key partners in the City and at the state also accelerated their efforts on behalf of young people. This report also includes profiles of several students. It shows their individual career goals, first jobs, first breaks, ideal jobs, impact of WorkReady Internship and their college plans. [For the 2005 Annual Report, see ED540215.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia Youth Network
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania