Philadelphia Youth Network is fighting poverty by connecting young people to jobs

Philly’s youth unemployment rate has been hovering between 14 and 16 percent for the past few years — and that number jumps by 10 points when considering youth of color.

One way to tackle the issue? Prepare those young people for employment and then connect them to job opportunities. Seems pretty simple, right?

Since 1999, Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) has been equipping 12- to 24-year-olds with the tools to be successful in the workforce. Through initiatives such as Project U-Turn, PYN’s post-dropout education re-engagement program, and WorkReady, its work readiness program that tackles the skills gap, PYN created over 15,000 “high quality opportunities” for young people, according to its 2016-2017 annual report.

“We look for, and try to match our services to, young people who live in communities with higher poverty rates and lower youth employment rates,” said President and CEO Chekemma J. Fulmore-Townsend. “We are also looking at high school graduation rates at different schools because we want to make sure that those young people are also having the opportunity to extend their learning through work-based experiences.”

Click here to read Melissa Simpson’s complete article published on the Generocity website.

About Timmothy Boettcher

Business Career Originally recruited in 1998 as a software engineer to design and develop cutting edge technology for new products, Mr. Boettcher assumed leadership for Research and Development and then Engineering before being named President of Realityworks in 2005. Responsible for total operations, he has driven significant understanding of market opportunities, gatekeepers, and funding in education, healthcare, and public service markets; bolstered production and supply chain efficiencies; acquired and launched new age technology; rebuilt leadership competencies; led growth into the Company’s over 65% US school system and over 90 country presence; and led the implementation of the Company’s ESOP to build on the societal mission of the Company and further the family oriented culture to reward employees for their success in achieving the mission and efforts to drive growth. Focused on high market growth, he has led the Company’s turnaround and achieved double-digit top line growth simultaneously with dramatic profit and cash flow improvement. Mr. Boettcher brings more than twenty years of engineering, product development, and global operations experience in education, advanced technology, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Prior to joining Realityworks, he held positions at Cray Research, a leading manufacturer of the world’s fastest supercomputers and Wal-Mart Distribution, the world’s leader in distribution and logistics. Professional & Community Activities Mr. Boettcher is passionate about building effective connections between our countries workforce development system, economic development programs, and education infrastructure. A solid connection between these systems is needed to ensure our youth and workforce are prepared to be global competitive and ready to take on the challenges and needs faced by industry. In delivering on this passion Mr. Boettcher: - has presented workforce development strategies on the national level for Harvard’s Pathway’s to Prosperity, U.S. Department of Labor, and at many Career and Technical Education events. - established and currently chairs the Industry Workforce Needs Council (IWNC), a national level group of industry leaders that works directly with education to increase support for Career and Technical Education in the country in alignment with industry needs. - served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Career and Technical Education. - chaired the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (Chair) to help establish and lead regional workforce development initiatives. - established and led the Innovation Foundation of Western Wisconsin (Chair) to help bring critical C-level talent to start-ups and small to mid-sized companies to help them grow. - served on the Board for the Eau Claire Economic Development Corporation (President). - and provides guidance to institutions like the International Business Programs Advisory Council of the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire). Mr. Boettcher also holds seven U.S. and foreign patents.

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