From our President and CEO Dear Friends, When it comes to solving large scale problems that truly remove barriers for young people, innovative solutions can only be built on a solid foundation through collaboration and a well-established plan. Blueprint for Success is a big picture of our current work and future dreams to alleviate poverty and inequity through education and employment, proven factors in being prepared for a career. Understanding the changing landscape of education and employment for young people allows us to forge the necessary partnerships to design, implement and evaluate services to ensure that young people have access to opportunity. Beyond the service-level interventions, PYN seeks to establish partnerships with youth serving systems in order to address systemic disconnection and achieve long-term results. The real and complex issues of poverty and inequity pushed us toward defining three roles that PYN serves in our communities and accompanying goals that we are striving toward achieving by 2020. Through our planning process emerged our strategic plan, 2020 Vision, which was released in January 2017 and implemented July 1, 2017. PYN has strengthened our foundation to scale up and meet our systems builder goal of creating 20,000 opportunities for young people by 2020. In 2016-2017, PYN’s work yielded 15,801 high quality opportunities for our young people. Our innovation incubation work has been a large focus, and we have developed and implemented three pilot programs to improve post-secondary planning and connections to employment: the Hub at PA CareerLink® West, Pathways to Justice Careers and Post-Secondary Bridging. Our pilots offer new and distinct ways to grow opportunities for young people. The pilots also provide the space to grow and improve as we evaluate success and discover ways to scale and sustain promising practices. PYN continues to seek resources to address inequity and create new on-ramps to high-growth careers. In 2018, PYN will launch three new pilots: Entrepreneurship, Pre-Apprenticeship and a Youth Connectivity strategy designed to close the digital divide. By sharing best practices, we create greater impact. As a strategic consultant, we can help other cities build and improve systems to help more young people. In fact, PYN’s work with the City of Detroit through Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT), has increased the number of summer employment opportunities by 128%, to serve 8,000 youth after three years of capacity building. We are #PYNproud of our partners in Detroit, and even more proud to extend the Philadelphia “love” to benefit more youth. I am inspired by the progress that we have made toward our goals in just six months. In this report, you will find a recap of another successful year. We know that there is much more work to be done, but we are making strides toward our goals. We see the potential and talent in our young people and are committed to addressing the many barriers that impede their progress. When education and employment are well-coordinated and connected, young people have tools to build pathways out of poverty. When individuals thrive and transcend poverty, ultimately communities prosper. Now that we’ve shared our Blueprint for Success, please join us as we continue to build solutions to educate and employ. In service, Together with partners, PYN created Chekemma J. Fulmore-Townsend
high quality education and employment opportunities for young people in 2016-2017.
PYN Annual Report 2016-2017