The City of Philadelphia was awarded a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to create an AmeriCorps program designed to address Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s environmental stewardship initiatives as well as the City’s youth violence prevention priorities.
Mayor Nutter has identified Environmental Sustainability among his top five priorities for Philadelphia in his Five-Year Financial and Strategic Plan (2013-2017). Plans to achieve the Mayor’s priority goal are outlined in ‘Greenworks Philadelphia,’ the City’s comprehensive, nationally recognized plan to tackle pressing environmental challenges, including the need for improved stormwater management, increased tree coverage, and revitalized public land.
Additionally, the City of Philadelphia is working closely with the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to develop a youth violence prevention strategy. PowerCorpsPHL is a key component of that strategy. It will address the need for high quality opportunities for young adults, ages 18 to 26, at risk of committing violent offense to develop the skills required to secure meaningful work and become civically engaged members of society.
EducationWorks (EW) is a nonprofit organization that provides strong support for economically disadvantaged communities in Philadelphia and Chester, Pennsylvania and Camden and Trenton, New Jersey. EW’s mission is to provide educational programs and services that enrich the lives of children, youth and families confronting high rates of poverty and other barriers to educational achievement. By tackling core issues like literacy, graduation rates, safety and social awareness EW is equipping individuals with the tools they need to stay safe, finish school, make good choices and become productive members of their communities.
EW works directly with community and school leaders to uncover current and emerging needs and create customized programs that will have the greatest impact. From in-school programs to after-school and summer programs and beyond, EW serves children as young as 6 weeks all the way through adulthood.
EW works exclusively in neighborhoods hard hit by poverty, low employment and low educational achievement. Backed by 30 years of program management experience and hundreds of trained staff, EW improves the lives of over 15,000 students and families annually.
Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is a nationally-recognized intermediary organization dedicated to improving the economic and education outcomes of Philadelphia’s youth. PYN organizes its work around five core functions:
- Leveraging, coordinating and managing public and private investments directed at youth education and workforce development in the Philadelphia region
- Convening and leading cross-sector partnerships and initiatives that enhance opportunities available to Philadelphia youth
- Designing, overseeing and replicating effective program models that prepare Philadelphia youth for higher education and the future workforce (focusing particularly on youth that live in poverty, have dropped out, or are at risk of dropping out of school and/or are involved with public care systems)
- Managing a service-delivery system created to ensure citywide coordination of youth career-connected educational services
- Building the capacity of youth-serving providers
PYN manages two citywide initiatives on behalf of the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success a committee of the Philadelphia Works, Inc. Board:
- Project U-Turn, Philadelphia’s collaborative approach to dropout prevention and re-engagement.
- WorkReady Philadelphia, a cross-sector partnership dedicated to attracting, aligning and investing resources in research-based, youth workforce-development strategies.