Prep for your future career with a WorkReady Philadelphia internship!

You get good grades, you’re involved in school activities, you’re thinking about your future career…ready to get some real world work experience?

Through WorkReady Philadelphia, you can make connections with professionals who can show you what it’s like to work in various fields, get solid experience you can list on your resume when you’re ready to apply for jobs, and earn a paycheck!

WorkReady Philadelphia is a cross-sector partnership dedicated to improving the economic outcomes of the region’s youth by attracting, aligning and investing resources in youth workforce-development strategies. Each year, WorkReady programs provide thousands of young people with career exposure and preparation opportunities designed to enhance youth understanding and mastery of skills needed to be successful in a 21st century, global economy.

Photo Credit: Sylvia Giacinta

There are a variety of WorkReady Programs designed to offer work-experience, and help youth prepare for your future careers!  These models include:

WorkReady 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.

To learn more about how you can get involved with a WorkReady program, click here.

The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is the managing partner of WorkReady Philadelphia. In this role, PYN staffs and convenes the partnership, which includes employers, schools, community-based organizations, advocacy groups, labor unions and other stakeholders. Additionally, PYN contracts with several dozen, youth-serving organizations to operate a portfolio of programs on behalf of the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success and Philadelphia Works, Inc.


Find something to do after school A.S.A.P. with ASAP

Photo: Eagles’ Quarterback Michael Vick facing off against Chess Challenge senior Jowel Ammons at the 2012  Eagles Chess Tournament sponsored by ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships and the Eagles Youth Partnership. Photo Credit Rachel Utain-Evans.

Looking for something to do between the end of the school day and going home? Well, of course you can use your STAMP pass to visit a museum, but if you’re looking to hang out and learn something new like chess, debating, or drama, check out the ASAP after school programs directory.

ASAP stands for After School Activities Partnership, and the ASAP directory has clubs and activities you can join all across the city. You can even filter your search through the directory to find stuff just for high schoolers, and locations are laid out on a map so you can find out what’s going on closest to you. If you’re busy after school, there are even ways to filter for before school, weekend, overnight and summer programs.

Click here to try out the directory! If you’ve used the ASAP directory before, let us know about your experience in the comments!

Drop in at the Fleisher Art Memorial Teen Lounge

Photo: Spring Fleisher Public Art Intervention with the Fleisher Art Memorial and Houston Center Teen Lounges. Teens worked with a teaching artist to create stencils with positive messages on them for temporary installation on the Fleisher sidewalk.

The Fleisher Art Memorial teen lounge is one of three lounges in South Philadelphia associated with the Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative (SEPC). The SEPC’s two other lounges locations are United Communities Houston Center, which is at the corner of 8th and Snyder Streets and The Caring People Alliance at 2433 S. 15th Street (which will be opening soon). The Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative is a neighborhood-based organization dedicated to providing educational, safe, fun, and social environments for youth from the ages 13–18. That’s where the SEPC teen lounges come in: The lounges are places made just for teens who want to socialize and enjoy having access to space where they can do art projects, watch movies, play board games, and more. The lounges are totally free and teens can just drop-in whenever the lounge is open. There is no need to register in advance.

Fleisher Art Memorial’s teen lounge is a place you can hang out with friends and get involved with art projects, so if you love to draw or create artwork of any sort this would be a fun place to go. Teens at this lounge get to meet professional artists all the time who show them different ways to express themselves though art and learn new skills and techniques.  They do different art projects such as Storefront Window Installation with Joe Boruchow & Yis Goodwin, where  youth came together to create a window installation in an empty South Street storefront  using art work they made with Yis and Joe. This one-time workshop used arrows as a metaphor allowing youth to express the challenges they faced in their life and goals they wanted to accomplish. Youth assembled their artwork alongside Joe’s and Yis’s work in the storefront and it became an eye-catching collaboration.

Another project was Teen Machines, an exhibit which featured work from teens at Fleisher Art Memorial and Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative. It was a temporary installation at Fleisher which gave teens the ability to express themselves and showcase their artwork.

They are always looking for new people to join in on the fun at the Fleisher teen lounge, and if you do you may have an opportunity to be a part of their next project. You don’t have to be an artist to have fun at this lounge because there are also other fun activities and if you’re not an artist maybe you could learn something about art. You  could probably find skills you didn’t know you had. Have fun with your friends at this lounge! Don’t waste your talent just sitting around after school, get involved!

The Fleisher Art Memorial teen lounge is located at 719 Catherine Street, Philadelphia, PA. The Fleisher teen lounge is open Monday-Wednesday from 4-6pm. For more information visit You can also check out the Fleisher Teen Lounge tumblr:

This post was written by Erika Velez, Summer 2013 STAMP Program Fellow and honorary Teen Council member. Erika attends Kensington Business High School.