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Description of Agency
Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is a solutions-builder forging together significant players to alleviate a root cause of poverty by preparing 12-24-year-olds to become productive working adults. Our work is grounded in the understanding that young people need access to both education and employment, proven factors in being prepared for a career. With a track record of increasing impact, PYN funds and brokers action with the right partners to collectively address barriers. PYN constructs systems to create change, while innovating to meet evolving needs. Together with our partners, PYN dramatically changes the trajectory of individuals’ lives by giving voice to underserved youth, and ultimately creating a pipeline for an educated, engaged workforce.
To create coordinated systems which promote the attainment of academic achievement, economic opportunity and personal success.
Founded in 1999, PYN was among the first organizations in the country to systematically increase connections between formal education and employment preparation. Since then, PYN has become a leader in innovating service delivery, leveraging funding, aligning partners and enhancing systems to support better outcomes in education and employment for youth in Philadelphia. Using a collective impact approach, PYN unites leaders and resources to create new solutions to complex, large-scale social problems. Since its inception, PYN has secured more than $500M dollars from public and private sources and managed over 200 plus contracts with community-based organizations to create a coordinated youth service system and high-quality opportunities for more than 175,000 young people.