WorkReady Philadelphia, managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN), is a portfolio of programs that address 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's continuum of models connect our city's young people to opportunity. PYN works to leverage funding through blended private and public investments that financially support a young person's work experience. Through a competitive procurement process, WorkReady's network of youth serving-organizations (providers) receive administrative and financial support to coordinate with worksites where young people receive a quality work experience. Businesses and organizations throughout the region can also sponsor and/or hire young people to create meaningful experiences, while shaping the future workforce of our city.

  Youth Stories


  Year-Round Programs

Year-round programs offer opportunities for eligible young people ages 12 - 21 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 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 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 ∘ City of Philadelphia - Department of Human Services ∘ City of Philadelphia - Department of Parks and Recreation ∘ Philadelphia Works

WorkReady Supporters that Hired or Sponsored 25 - 99 Interns

Bank of America ∘ Bloomberg Arts Interns ∘ CHUBB ∘ CIGNA ∘ Citizens Bank ∘ Comcast ∘ Drexel University ∘ Get HYPE Philly ∘ Independence Blue Cross ∘ JPMorgan Chase & Co ∘ Lenfest Foundation ∘ 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 ∘ Hahnemann University Hospital ∘ Jefferson ∘ Santander Bank ∘ United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

WorkReady Supporters that Hired or Sponsored 1-9 Interns

AECOM ∘ Alston Beech Foundation ∘ AmeriHealth Caritas ∘ Aria-Jefferson Health ∘ Beneficial Bank ∘ Brandywine Realty Trust ∘ British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia ∘ CBS Television Stations / KYW-TV ∘ Community College of Philadelphia ∘ Cosmic Catering LLC ∘ Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, The ∘ CVS ∘ Deloitte LLP ∘ Deloitte Employee Contributions to the Deloitte Academy ∘ Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation ∘ Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC ∘ Federal Reserve Bank ∘ FMC ∘ Johnson & Johnson ∘ KPMG ∘ Liberty Property Trust ∘ NHS Human Services ∘ Peirce College ∘ Pennoni Associates Inc. ∘ Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust ∘ Philadelphia Business & Technology Center ∘ Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO ∘ Philadelphia Gas Works ∘ Philadelphia International Airport ∘ Radian ∘ Rittenhouse Foundation, The ∘ SMG - Pennsylvania Convention Center ∘ Southeast Regional Workforce Development Partnership ∘ Stoneleigh Foundation ∘ Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP ∘ Tierney ∘ University City Science Center ∘ Visit Philadelphia ∘ WES Health System ∘ WAWA Foundation, The ∘ Wills Eye Hospital

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

Accenture ∘ Philadelphia Works ∘ Philadelphia Water Department ∘ Scribe Video Center ∘ University of Pennsylvania, The

WorkReady Supporters of Chester Internships
Chester Housing Authority ∘ Covanta Energy ∘ Fare & Square ∘ Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack ∘ Monroe Energy ∘ Senior Community Services

  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.


Status Reports:

Youth Voices:

Worksite Toolkit

Resources specific for those participating in the WorkReady internship program.

News & Events