WorkReady Summer

 

If you are 12-24 years old and looking for paid summer WORK EXPERIENCE, check out WorkReady.

It's a program in July-August for youth living in Philadelphia.
This year, WorkReady Summer experiences will include safe in-person participation at least 3 days/week. To keep everyone safe, we will continue to monitor all government orders and recommendations.
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This year, WorkReady Summer experiences will include safe in-person participation at least 3 days/week. To keep everyone safe, we will continue to monitor all government orders and recommendations.

WorkReady is a paid opportunity!

All participants receive either wages or incentives.

Incentive-based programs are targeted towards young people, 12-24, with little to no previous work experience. These programs offer opportunities to learn about careers and career pathways, set short-term goals, and provide the opportunity to work on individual or group projects. Young people can earn up to $595 in incentive-based programs.

Wage-based programs are targeted towards young people, 14-24, with previous work or leadership experience. These programs offer opportunities for career exploration and preparation, and engage participants in hourly work-based experiences. Young people earn $9 per hour in wage-based programs.

How to Get WorkReady

 

Before You Get Started

  ELIGIBILITY

You must live within Philadelphia, be between 12-24, and submit your vital docs to participate.

Individual programs may have additional eligibility requirements. Please visit our program locator to learn more.

  EMAIL ACCESS

You'll need an email address to apply for WorkReady. You can create a free email account using Google, Outlook or Yahoo. We will reach out to you by email, text and phone calls to help you throughout this process.

  Step 1: MARCH - JUNE

Apply online for WorkReady Summer

Filling out an application lets us know you're interested in WorkReady. If you already know which program you want, enter their referral code on your application. If you aren't connected to a WorkReady program partner, you can find a code for one of our programs using our Program Locator.


    FIND A PROGRAM  

Applying to WorkReady Summer does not guarantee placement in a program.

  STEP 2: APRIL - JUNE

GATHER YOUR PAPERWORK

After you apply and select a program, you may be invited to submit the required paperwork. Start collecting your documents and starting your paperwork early. It’s a requirement for WorkReady experiences or any job application.

VITAL DOCUMENTS

If you have your social security card, a form of photo ID that has your address, and a work permit if you’re not 18 yet, you're all set. Don’t have those? No problem. Check out our Vital Docs list to learn what other docs are accepted.

To verify: ACCEPTED DOCUMENTS
Social Security Number
(helps identify and accurately record wages or earnings)
  • Social Security Card
  • Social Service Record
Identity and Age
Philadelphia Residency
Citizenship/Eligibility to work
Selective Service
[males only]
  • If you are 18+, you will need an online verification printout. You can register, or update and verify your existing registration.
  • If you will be turning 18 before the last day of the program, please bring the registration form.
School Status School Records
[such as a report card]
Low Income or proof of additional barrier to employment. Participants must prove low income eligibility or provide proof of barrier to education and employment.

  STEP 3: JULY-AUGUST

SUBMIT YOUR PAPERWORK

You will need to return to your application to upload clear digital copies of your paperwork and vital documents.

DO NOT EMAIL ANY DOCUMENTS


This process, called enrollment, can be completed using a mobile device or computer. Not every applicant will be selected to enroll. If you are selected to enroll, you will be notified by email. We will also text and call you, to help remind you to check your email.


All finished?

PARTICIPATE IN A SUMMER EXPERIENCE BETWEEN JULY-AUGUST

Once you have completed steps 1 through 3, your program partner will share details about your digital or in-person experience.

This summer, all WorkReady experiences will include safe in-person participation at least 3 days per week.

Need Help?

 
If you have questions or need help getting connected to a summer job, you can contact your WorkReady program partner, check out our program locator, or contact the WorkReady Summer Customer Service Center:
Call using the WorkReady Hotline:
267-502-3900

The WorkReady Summer Customer Service Center is available Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

WorkReady is managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network.
Have feedback about your experience? Let us know!

Resources

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:
Is WorkReady virtual this summer?
A:
All WorkReady experiences will include at least 3 days/ per week in person participation. Some programs may be 5 days a week in-person. Participation during in-person days is a requirement of the program. To keep everyone safe, we will continue to monitor all government orders and recommendations.
Q:
What if I and/or my parent or guardian have concerns about in-person experiences?
A:
We recognize everyone can make the best choice for themselves and/or their family related to what programs you may choose to participate in. WorkReady programs will be in-person at least three (3) days per week.
Q:
What safety measures will be in place at WorkReady programs?
A:
All programs are required to adhere to all local, state, and federal guidelines regarding safety of in-person experiences.
Q:
I can’t find my social security card or ID. What other documents are accepted?
A:
You will need one of the following vital documents from each section to meet the requirements to participate in WorkReady. If you do not have them, you can use the links below to find out how to get copies of your vital documents. Processes to obtain documents may be delayed due to COVID-19 regulations.

To verify: ACCEPTED DOCUMENTS
Social Security Number
(helps identify and accurately record wages or earnings)
  • Social Security Card
  • Social Service Record
Identity and Age
Philadelphia Residency
Citizenship/Eligibility to work
Selective Service
[males only]
  • If you are 18+, you will need an online verification printout. You can register, or update and verify your existing registration.
  • If you will be turning 18 before the last day of the program, please bring the registration form.
School Status School Records
[such as a report card]
Low Income or proof of additional barrier to employment. Participants must prove low income eligibility or provide proof of barrier to education and employment.
Q:
I don’t have an email address. How do I set one up?
A:
Check out this video with steps to help you prepare to get WorkReady!
Q:
When will my experience start?
A:
WorkReady summer experiences will occur between July – August. A typical program will run 6 weeks and approximately 20 hours per week, but programs vary.
Q:
How will I get paid?
A:
Payment will be via wages or incentives and will be dependent upon the individual WorkReady program you are connected to this summer.