WorkReady Youth

Given our current realities during the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer, WorkReady has been redesigned.

All participants will have the opportunity to earn incentives digitally and we will continue to monitor local, state and government orders and recommendations to determine the best options for in-person summer experiences for participants.

How to Get WorkReady


Roadmap to a digital WorkReady experience:


Gather your docs! For any job (not just WorkReady), you must provide vital documents to prove you are eligible to work. Before getting started, check to see what documents you have already or identify what you will need to locate.

Digital experiences that are incentive-based will not require a work permit.

Do you have an email address? You’ll need one to apply for WorkReady. If you need to, you can create a free email account using Google, Outlook, or Yahoo.

Pro-tip: make your email address professional, such as We will contact you at the email address you enter on your application, so make sure to check your email often.
WorkReady Apply

Step 1: Apply February June

Filling out an application lets us know you’re interested in WorkReady and the earlier you apply, the better. This is also the opportunity to indicate if you are connected to a WorkReady partner organization or are interested in working with a specific WorkReady partner organization by using their referral code. You can find a list of WorkReady partner organizations here.Applying does not guarantee placement in a program.

WorkReady Enroll

Step 2: Enroll March June

Enrollment is the opportunity to complete and sign required paperwork and submit copies or pictures of documents necessary to continue beyond the application phase. Enrollment is by invitation only and can be completed on a mobile device or computer by using a secure folder that will be sent to the email address used on the application.

To verify: You will need one of the following vital documents. 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.
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. Additional information can be found here.
WorkReady Match

Step 3: Participate in a digital experience between July-August

Once you have completed steps 1 & 2, if selected, you partner organization will share details about your digital or in-person experience.

WorkReady Finish

WorkReady Partner organizations will provide three possible digital experiences for youth to explore.

Young people will receive payment* connected to completing milestones or tasks digitally.

Participants may have...

experiences developed and led by WorkReady partner organization,

experiences in three tracks developed by PYN and led by the WorkReady partner organization,

a hybrid of experiences developed by PYN and by the WorkReady partner organization and led by WorkReady partner

...with a focus on...

Digital Career Exposure
learning about various career opportunities based on personal interests, abilities and aptitudes.

Financial Literacy
learning how money is earned, spent, saved and how to use financial resources.

Digital Literacy and Brand Identity
learning how to use, share and contribute to information through digital technologies.

*max incentive is $595 for WorkReady 2020

Contact Us

WorkReady is managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN). If you have questions or need help getting connected to a summer job, you can contact your WorkReady program partner or contact PYN directly by:

The WorkReady youth hotline is managed Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.