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Summer 2012 Vol. 19. No. 6 Focus on A Broken Pipeline to College

From our readers

Putting young people to work

By Anonymous on May 16, 2012 11:18 AM

Philadelphia is facing a summer jobs crisis. Due to diminishing federal funds and the recession, estimates suggest that only 5,400 young people will work this summer through WorkReady Philadelphia, the city's youth workforce development system. Local employers, area foundations, and city and state governments are stepping up. But there's still a way to go to reach the target of 7,500 jobs.

Every job opportunity is important because you never know the impact. Take Olney student Odelia McFadden. An internship at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children inspired her to study adolescent psychology. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees, and this fall will begin a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Michael Burns, a South Philadelphia High student who interned at Wachovia, was offered a full-time position at the company after graduation. He attended college part-time while he worked. Today he works for The Vanguard Group and credits WorkReady for his accomplishments.

Young people want, need, and deserve high-quality experiences offered through WorkReady. The Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success has launched the 2012 Save Summer Jobs campaign, aimed at heightening awareness of this impending crisis and generating donations to increase job opportunities for young people.

Individuals and employers can make a donation to youth slots. To find ways to contribute and get involved, visit our website.

-Stacy E. Holland and Sharmain Matlock-Turner
The writers are president and CEO of Philadelphia Youth Network, and president and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition, respectively.

Comments (4)

Submitted by Wanda Martinez (not verified) on May 27, 2012 11:28 am

Hi My Name is Wanda Martinez, My daughter karinna is 16 year old. She's a good student and also shes trying hard to get a job during the summer but everywhere she goes they say no. Im unemployed and she realy wants to work. Thank you.

Submitted by Philly Parent and Teacher (not verified) on May 27, 2012 12:55 pm

Your daughter should see her school counselor. There are some 20 hour/week jobs this summer that are available through community groups. Our schools has had announcements about summer jobs. If your daughter's school has an after school program run by a community group, they also may help her with a job. Good luck!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 1, 2012 9:21 am

When do you find out if you got a job from work ready?

Submitted by Juan76 (not verified) on August 29, 2014 7:58 am

You are doing a great job for young people. I hope you success!

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