Two Philadelphia-area organizations gain national recognition for their youth career programs

“Philadelphia Works is thrilled to win a Big Ideas, Bright Cities Challenge grant,” said Kimberly McCaffrey, head of the youth workforce system at Philadelphia Works. “CCL systems support large-scale efforts to engage middle and high school students in meaningful work experiences and ultimately connect graduates to next steps toward jobs that pay a living wage and provide career opportunities. ‘career progression.”

The CCL system will streamline the thousands of career opportunities in philadelphia cream. The online platform makes it easier for young people to find a wide range of internships and jobs in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Young the people in philadelphia cream have difficulty connecting to job opportunities due to the lack of knowledge they have,” said Timothy Perry, a former Philadelphia Works intern. “They often don’t have time to learn about new opportunities. The CCA system consolidates information in one place, making it easier to transition from young people to employers.”

GBC-Education has also named The Trust for Public Land (TPL) in Camden, New Jersey finalist of the “Big Ideas, Bright Cities Challenge”. TPL and the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority will create the city’s first schoolyard for high school workers at Mastery Charter High School. The site will be an outdoor learning environment to support the school’s goals of becoming a green jobs incubator. This is another way for the Challenge to support 21st professional skills of the century.

The “Big Ideas, Bright Cities Challenge” rewards teams for their bold and innovative ideas that enable young people to participate in the labor market. It helps to solve a pressing problem: in the United States, one in ten young people is not in school and does not have a job, a total of four million young people. These young people are indispensable in the labor market. The most recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found 11.3 million job openings – a near record high – with openings rising in many sectors, including services and manufacturing.

“Cities and businesses across the country are struggling to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. They need to attract young and diverse workers who are excited about the innovation and energy of urban centres,” said Justin vanFleet, Executive Director of GBC-Education. “To jump-start these efforts, cities must reimagine how they can create ecosystems for young people to learn the skills they need for meaningful employment. That’s exactly what Philadelphia Works, the Trust for Public Land and other teams have done. Their ideas are hugely inspiring.”

The winning team comes from Greensboro, North Carolina. Philadelphia Works and TPL are among a select group of 14 finalists from across the country. Together, these organizations will form a national community of practice of changemakers. Over the next year, this network will share best practices and connect with business leaders and policy makers invested in youth skills development efforts. This will allow their ideas to grow, succeed and inspire others. Learn more about the “Big Ideas, Bright Cities Challenge” and see the full list of winners and finalists here.

The “Big Ideas, Bright Cities Challenge” is made possible thanks to the support of Deloitte and Dell Technologies.

About the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education)
GBC-Education is a movement of businesses committed to ending the global education crisis and unlocking the potential of the next generation. Our mission is to ensure that every child has the best start in life, a safe place to learn and skills for the future. Created as an initiative of the global children’s charity Theirworld in 2012, the Global Business Coalition for Education is committed to bringing together the expertise and resources of the business world with the campaign for global education and l sustainable development goal 4.

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