These pages contain valuable information aimed at public, private, and non-profit stakeholders interested in supporting and/or offering high-quality youth career preparation activities. We are grateful to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the funding that supported the development and distribution of this information.
Three programs are profiled, and in each case, we provide you with a guide that features "how-to" materials, lessons learned, and recommendations for successful replication. This information is based on the experiences of the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN), a twelve-year-old youth intermediary organization that manages a wide variety of career preparation programs on behalf of the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success and the Workforce Investment Board.
In 2008, Mayor Michael Nutter reconstituted the Philadelphia Youth Council and established it as the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success. In addition to driving the city's ambitious education goals, the mayor charged the Council with overseeing and making recommendations on the use of Philadelphia's youth workforce development funding, including those funds available through the TANF Youth Development Fund and the Workforce Investment Act.
Soon after its creation, the Council and its subcommittees undertook a detailed review of programs currently being funded, with the goal of refining existing approaches and creating new designs in order to (1) better prepare Philadelphia youth for college and careers and (2) align funded activities more closely with the funding streams' performance measures.
Of the new or revised approaches approved by the Council, three are featured in these pages, with detailed information for stakeholders wishing to learn more about them and practical, experienced-based ideas and recommendations on how to adopt similar approaches and put them into place. The three models include