Summer WorkReady 2017 Showcase

1601 Market Street, 36th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

This summer at The Attic Youth Center, 45 high school age youth participated in a service learning internship to learn to be political advocates, develop their work readiness skills and explore entrepreneurship. The project is funded by Philadelphia’s WorkReady program, a six week, 120- hour summer work experience for young people.

During the program, The Attic Youth Center, a space that creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults, young people address real-world issues, problems, and needs in local to global communities through research, reflection and development of projects. Recognizing the challenges that LGBTQ youth face in our community, The Attic created a six-week work experience where young people will participate in three different workgroups, called “Strive, Thrive, and Survive.”  The groups will focus on the following:

  • Strive: Young people will learn about politics at local, state and federal levels and learn how to advocate for themselves around the many LGBT policy issues they face.
  • Thrive: Using writing as a reflection, young people will work on self-discovery. They will create a portfolio that exemplifies who they are and the strengths that they bring to future employers.
  • Survive: By researching various entrepreneurial endeavors, youth will create business plan proposals that aim to support their community locally and globally. Groups will showcase their companies or organizations and explain to the community how their businesses will be successful.