The WorkReady campaign is a cross-sector, citywide initiative dedicated to improving the economic outcomes of the region's youth by attracting, aligning, and investing resources in coordinated, youth-workforce-development programs.

The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is the managing partner of the WorkReady Philadelphia campaign and provides oversight to programs funded under the WorkReady umbrella. In addition, PYN is the competitively-procured YouthWorks Administrator and provides program oversight for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds invested in the WorkReady portfolio of programs.


  Year-Round Programs

Year-round programs offer skills development opportunities for youth both in school and out of school which focus on career-connected learning, industry-specific training and GED attainment.

  Summer Employment Models

Summer employment models offer educationally-enriched work opportunities to in-school and out of school youth 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.

These models challenge youth to understand the correlations between work experience, skill attainment and high school completion and how those variables impact their potential for college and career success.

WorkReady Youth

Get Connected

In Philadelphia, our work as a city is not complete until sustainable systems are built that enable every young person in Philadelphia to access meaningful, career-focused programming, achieve a secondary credential and succeed in their post-secondary choice. Building scalable solutions for youth that benefit the entire community is the cornerstone of this work. Investing in WorkReady is really an investment in the future of Philadelphia.

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:
  • Hire or sponsor a youth to work for six weeks from July 6 through August 14th. The cost per slot is $1,700
  • Host a youth to at your worksite
  • Get recognized for your pre-existing summer internship program

Worksite Toolkit

Resources specific for those participating in the WorkReady internship program.

WorkReady Providers are youth-serving organizations that offer educationally-enriched, career-exposure and work-based-learning opportunities under the umbrella of WorkReady Philadelphia year round for youth ages 12-24 years.

The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) contracts with more than 60 providers to operate the aforementioned programs through an RFP (Request for Proposal) process.

All RFPs are posted on PYN's website.

Across the city, businesses and individuals 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, improve outcomes for young people and increase your bottom line. The benefits are endless, and the impact is timeless. Be part of something spectacular in Philadelphia by committing to join us on this journey.


There are several ways that investors and employers can support the WorkReady Summer Work Employment program. These include hiring and hosting youth, sponsoring experiences, becoming a Seal of Approval Supporter, and more.


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

To learn more about WorkReady Philadelphia, please email us.

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 ∘ Cancer Treatment Centers of America ∘ Citizens Bank Foundation ∘ Comcast ∘ Drexel University ∘ Get HYPE Philly ∘ Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance ∘ Independence Blue Cross ∘ Lenfest Foundation ∘ Lincoln Financial Foundation ∘ Patricia Kind Family Foundation ∘ PECO ∘ Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals ∘ United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey ∘ Wells Fargo Foundation, The

WorkReady Supporters that Hired or Sponsored 10-24 Interns
AmeriHealth Caritas ∘ Brown's Superstores, Inc. ∘ CIGNA ∘ Hahnemann University Hospital ∘ Lankenau Medical Center ∘ Lincoln Financial Foundation ∘ Philadelphia Gas Works ∘ Southeast Regional Workforce Development Partnership (SERWDP)

WorkReady Supporters that Hired or Sponsored 1-9 Interns
Accenture ∘ ACE Group ∘ AECOM ∘ Aqua America, Inc. ∘ Aria health ∘ Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia ∘ Bayada Home Health Care ∘ Beneficial Bank ∘ Blank Rome LLP ∘ Brandywine Realty Trust ∘ CB Richard Ellis, Inc. ∘ CBS3 & The CW Philly ∘ CBS Radio Philadelphia ∘ Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, The ∘ Community College of Philadelphia ∘ Cozen O'Connor ∘ CVS Health ∘ Day & Zimmermann ∘ Deloitte LLP ∘ Deloitte Employee Contributions to the Deloitte Education Collaborative ∘ DeVry University ∘ District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund ∘ Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation ∘ Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC ∘ Elwyn ∘ Ernst & Young ∘ ESM Productions ∘ Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia ∘ Fox Rothschild LLP ∘ FMC Corporation ∘ Friends Hospital ∘ Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce ∘ Kennedy House, Inc ∘ KPMG ∘ LaSalle University ∘ Liberty Property Trust ∘ Magee Rehabilitation Hospital ∘ Marketplace Philadelphia Management ∘ Mercy Philadelphia Hospital ∘ National Liberty Museum ∘ NHS Human Services ∘ Northeast Building Products Corporation ∘ Peirce College ∘ Pennoni Associates, Inc ∘ Pennsylvania Convention Center ∘ Philadelphia Academies, Inc. ∘ Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine ∘ Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO ∘ Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Health and Welfare Fund ∘ Philadelphia International Airport ∘ Philadelphia Works, Inc. ∘ Philadelphia Youth Network ∘ Progress Physical Therapy LLC ∘ Public Health Management Corproation ∘ Radian ∘ Reed Smith ∘ Rittenhouse Foundation ∘ Santander ∘ Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis ∘ Spike's Trophies, Ltd. ∘ Stockwell Elastomerics, Inc. ∘ Stoneleigh Foundation ∘ Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP ∘ Tierney ∘ Towers Watson ∘ Tronox ∘ Turner Construction Company ∘ United Parcel Service (UPS) ∘ University City Science Center ∘ Visit Philadelphia ∘ WAWA Foundation, The ∘ WES Health Systems ∘ Wills Eye Hospital

WorkReady Seal of Approval Employers
Businesses that host their own internship programs that meet WorkReady's criteria for excellence
Accenture ∘ American Pool Pennsylvania ∘ Ballard Spahr LLP ∘ College of Physicians of Philadelphia, The ∘ Department of Parks and Recreation ∘ Elliott-Lewis Corporation ∘ Independence Blue Cross ∘ Philadelphia International Airport ∘ Philadelphia Parking Authority - Office of Fleet Management ∘ Philadelphia Water Department ∘ Scribe Video Center ∘ SEPTA ∘ Sparkling Pool Services, Inc. ∘ Tech Impact ∘ Village of Arts and Humanities/KICKS USA, The ∘ University of Pennsylvania, The ∘ U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District ∘ West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution

WorkReady Supporters of Chester Internships
Chester Community Improvement Project ∘ Chester Housing Authority ∘ Chester Senior Center ∘ City of Chester ∘ Covanta Energy ∘ Crozer Keystone ∘ Fare ↦ Square ∘ Harambee Child Learning Center ∘ Harrah's Philadelphia ∘ Healthcare Solutions ∘ Hedgerow Theatre ∘ Nia Center ∘ Pentec Health ∘ Rocky Run YMCA ∘ Rotary Club of Swarthmore ∘ Swarthmore College

  Contracted youth-serving organizations that operate programming

E3 Centers
The Bridge, an affiliate of PHMCCommunities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc.Congreso de Latinos UnidosJEVS Human Services
In-School Youth Programs

Industry Pipeline
ACE Mentoring ProgramCommunities in Schools of Philadelphia, Inc.Penn MedicinePhiladelphia Academies, Inc.

21st Century Continuum
De LaSalle VocationalDistrict 1199C Training & Upgrading FundFederation of Neighborhood CentersJEVS Human ServicesPhiladelphia FuturesUniversity of Pennsylvania - Netter Center for Community PartnershipsUrban Affairs Coalition

Out-of-School Youth Programs

GED to College
District 1199C Training & Upgrading FundTemple University - Center for Social Policy and Community DevelopmentYESPhilly

Occupational Skills Training Programs
District 1199C Training & Upgrading FundJEVS Human Services/Orleans Technical InstituteTemple University - Center for Social Policy and Community DevelopmentYouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

Summer 2015 Approved Providers

Career Exposure
ASPIRA, Inc. of PennsylvaniaCongreso de Latinos UnidosDistrict 1199C Training and Upgrading FundFoundations, Inc.New Foundations Charter SchoolUrban Affairs Coalition

Service Learning
Asian Americans United - CYOPAsian Americans United - AAUASPIRA, Inc. of PennsylvaniaAttic Youth CenterAwbury Arboretum AssociationBPSOS-Delaware ValleyCaring People AllianceCity of Philadelphia Mural Arts ProgramCommunities in Schools of PhiladelphiaConcilioCongreso de Latinos UnidosEducationWorksFederation of Neighborhood CentersFrankford Community Development CorporationFree Library of Philadelphia FoundationLULAC National Educational Service CentersLutheran Settlement HouseNorris Square Neighborhood ProjectNu Sigma Youth ServicesPhiladelphia Education FundPhiladelphia Wooden Boat FactorySankofa Freedom Academy Charter SchoolSEAMAACStudent Conservation AssociationTemple University - ITSRGTemple University - UCCUnited Communities Southeast PhiladelphiaUniversity of Pennsylvania - LOCUniversity of Pennsylvania - UNIWomen's Christian AllianceYES Philly

ASPIRA, Inc. of PennsylvaniaBPSOS-Delaware ValleyCommunities in Schools of PhiladelphiaCongreso de Latinos UnidosCorinthian Community Center/JAAMA Empowerment ProgramNew Foundations Charter SchoolNorth Light Community CenterPeople for People, Inc.Philadelphia Academies, Inc.Temple University - ITSRGUrban Affairs CoalitionValley Youth House

Work Experience
Allegheny West FoundationASPIRA, Inc. of PennsylvaniaBoys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, Inc.Catholic Social ServicesCorinthian Community Center/JAAMA Empowerment ProgramDe La Salle VocationalDistrict 1199c Training and Upgrading FundEpiscopal Community ServicesFoundations, Inc.Free Library of PhiladelphiaJEVS Human ServicesLutheran Children and Family ServiceManagement and Environmental Technologies, Inc. (MET)Metropolitan Career CenterNew Foundations Charter SchoolPhiladelphia Parks and RecreationPhiladelphia Physicians for Social ResponsibilityProject HOMEPublic Safety Initiative, Inc.Resources for Human Development, Inc.Sunrise of PhiladelphiaTemple University/CSPCDUnited Communities Southeast PhiladelphiaUrban Affairs CoalitionValley Youth HouseYO-ACAPZhang Sah

  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


Organization Attending Member Title
School District of Philadelphia
440 North Broad Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Michelle Armstrong Director, Office of Career and Technical Education


Organization Attending Member Title
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 5th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1294
Yemele Ayala Associate Vice President for Education and Income Community Impact Department


Organization Attending Member Title
University City District
3940 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Matt Bergheiser Executive Director
Philadelphia Academies
230 South Broad Street, Suite 1300
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Lisa Nutter;
Jay Vasquez
Director of Field Operations
Free Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
Christine Caputo;
Tara Murphy
Interim Chief, Public Service Support;
Acting OST/Public Services Supervisor II
District 1199C Land Title Building
10th Floor
100 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19110
Cheryl Feldman Director
Equal Measure
1528 Walnut Street, Suite 805
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Sarah Singer-Quast Senior Project Manager

Employer/Economic Development

Organization Attending Member Title
One Comcast Center
1701 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Deborah Buhles Sr. Director, Administration
Economy League
230 S. Broad Street, Suite 403
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Laura Johnson Director, Initiatives and Communications
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Jennie Sparandara (Co-Chair) Director
Independence Blue Cross
1901 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
John Clayton (Co-Chair) Manager Diversity, Inclusion & Workforce Initiatives
CEO Council for Growth
200 South Broad Street, Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102-3813
Patria Day Coordinator
The AmeriHealth Mercry Family of Companies
100 Stevens Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19113
Tracy Mack Manager, Enterprise Workforce Initiatives

Workforce System Gov't/Quasi Gov't

Organization Attending Member Title
Philadelphia Works
1617 J.F.K. Boulevard, 13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Lori Carter;
Meg Shope Koppel;
Anastasia Vishnyakova
Manager of Programs (Youth);
Senior Vice President of Research, Policy & Innovation;
Senior Research Analyst
22 S 22nd Street, #2
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1294
Nicole Fuller AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison
DOL/Job Corps
170 S. Independence Mall West
The Curtis Center, Suite 825 East
Philadelphia, PA 19106
William Peebles Project Manager/Contract Officer Representative


Organization Attending Member Title
12 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Erik Solivan Executive Vice President
City of Philadelphia, Human Resources
1101 Market Street, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Karla Hill Human Resources Manager, III
Department of Human Services
1515 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Lorraine McGirt OST Coordinator

New Members

Organization Attending Member Title
The AmeriHealth Mercry Family of Companies Tracy Mack Manager, Enterprise Workforce Initiatives
Equal Measure Sarah Singer-Quast Senior Project Manager
City of Philadelphia Karla Hill Human Resources Manager, III
CEO Council for Growth
200 South Broad Street, Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102-3813
Patria Day Coordinator
Department of Human Services Lorraine McGirt OST Coordinator
Philadelphia Academies
230 South Broad Street, Suite 1300
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Jay Vazquez Director of Field Operations
WorkReady Youth

Reports & Resources

WorkReady 10th Anniversary Report: Commemorate the Past. Celebrate the Present. Commit to the Future.

The latest WorkReady publication, highlights the essential factors that have contributed to the success of WorkReady Philadelphia over the last decade, presents the latest developments from the 2012-2013 program year, and offers a glimpse of what is ahead.

Elements of Success: The WorkReady 2011-2012 Report

The 2011-2012 WorkReady report shows how each element of the WorkReady community - investors, program models, youth-serving organizations, and young people, themselves - work together to realize successful WorkReady programming.

The Bigger Picture: 2010-2011 Report

This year's annual interactive report shows the bigger picture of the WorkReady system: the dozens of summer and year-round programs that operate under the WorkReady umbrella, and the multitude of stakeholders that make them possible.

WorkReady Defined: 2010 Report

This two-part publication presents dual views of WorkReady Summer 2010 - as a collective effort committed to preparing our young people for bright futures in the world of work and as the individual youth experience, revealed through the stories of nine youth participants.

More Than A Summer Job

This report highlights the major events of WorkReady Summer 2009 and profiles 13 youth that received their 'first break' through WorkReady programs.

Youth Voices

A report that provides 18 first-hand perspectives from participants at ten worksites.

Worksite Toolkit

Resources specific for those participating in the WorkReady internship program.

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