The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the nonprofit Philadelphia Youth Network to retool its annual summer jobs program called WorkReady, said the network's CEO Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend.
"WorkReady is going digital," she explained, "and that will mean that young people will have workforce experiences, but many of those experiences will happen on the device of their choice."
The six-week program in July and August gives 8,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 24 the opportunity to earn up to $595. 550 of the jobs are for School District of Philadelphia students and they're set up to provide online summer experiences in three areas: career exposure, financial literacy, and digital literacy and brand identity.
Last summer's employers included Bank of America, Drexel University and PECO. Applications are due by the end of June, and working papers are not required.
For now, the jobs are online and the district says along with PYN, it's monitoring whether any in-person experiences will be permitted later in the summer.