Presentation on theme: "Philadelphia Youth Network"— Presentation transcript:
1 Philadelphia Youth Network Leveraging Resources to Support the Educational Needs of Disconnected YouthAmerican Youth Policy ForumDecember 14, 2009Jenny Bogoni, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
2 Agenda About the Philadelphia Youth Network Case Study of Project U-TurnConditions for Success
3 Philadelphia Youth Network Vision:Philadelphia’s young people take their rightful places as full and contributing members of a world-class workforce for the region .
4 Philadelphia Youth Network Mission:As a catalyst for collective action, the Philadelphia Youth Network makes connections among individuals, organizations and systems. We increase capacity and resources in order to provide world-class preparation so our City’s youth can thrive in a regional and global economy.A Youth Intermediary:As an intermediary, PYN’s role is to make connections between what students learn in the classroom and what is expected in the job, between willing employers and prepared applicants, between systems that serve youth, and between expectations and results.
5 Philadelphia Youth Network History:Started in 1999 to sustain the city’s School-to-Work system and manage provisions of the Workforce Investment ActStaffed the Youth Council from inceptionServes as administrator of WIA and related investmentsBegan with the vision to use WIA funds to leverage additional investments and broad systems change
6 Philadelphia Youth Network A Decade Later:Substantially increased its portfolio of investments to approximately $35 million in FY ‘10Manages a large-scale youth workforce development system serving nearly 10,000 youth annuallyConvenes a city-wide collaborative that has managed to dramatically increase the number of high-quality educational options for disconnected youth
7 Philadelphia Youth Network Two citywide initiatives:Convenes Project U-Turn, a cross-sector collaborative, addressing city-wide capacity to support struggling students and OSYLeads WorkReady Philadelphia, the City’s youth workforce development system
8 Project U-Turn: a citywide campaign to focus public attention on Philadelphia’s dropout crisis and to design strategies and leverage investments to resolve it.
9 Project U-Turn Major Successes Tangible Results:Nearly 5,000 multiple pathways slots representing a true portfolio of options for out-of-school and disconnected youthRe-Engagement Center at the Central School District headquarters to assist students in re-enrolling in schoolEducation Support Center created inside Department of Human ServicesMore than $73 Million leveraged to support work planPolitical Accomplishments:Dropout challenge is embraced by the Mayor, Schools Superindendent, and other key leadersAssembled and maintained a high-level, cross-sector partnership
10 Setting the Stage Strategic Decisions: Created a formal out-of-school youth committeeIncreased the Council’s investment in OSY from 30% to 50% of the WIA fundsPositioned the work under the Youth Council – a table already focusing on both education and workforce outcomes for youthFocused on a shared vision with detailed workplanMoved beyond the problem to solutions – avoided glorifying problemIncorporated economic cost / benefit analysis in the messagingMade space for the major systems to claim accomplishmentsProvided political cover as necessary
11 In Retrospect Key Steps: Selected to receive funding from the Youth Transitions Funders Group – 1 of 5 citiesMade major investments in data collection and analysis on the outcomes and characteristics of struggling students in PhiladelphiaCreated and articulated an agenda – a Call to Action – based on the dataStrategically positioned the work to be adopted by the Mayor’s Office and the School District
12 Creating the Right Environment Recommendations:Develop local and regional capacity to support dropout re-engagementPromote collection and analysis of data on dropouts and near dropoutsSupport local and regional efforts to innovate
13 Philadelphia Youth Network Leveraging Resources to Support the Educational Needs of Disconnected YouthFor more information, contact: