Summer WorkReady 2017

About Summer WorkReady:
The WorkReady campaign is a cross-sector, citywide initiative dedicated to improving the economic outcomes of the region's youth by attracting, aligning, and investing resources in coordinated, youth-workforce-development programs.

The Service Learning Model, designed for youth with minimal to no prior work experience, will allow youth to collectively address real-world issues, problems and needs within the local, regional, national or global community. Youth work in groups to explore these issues through research, reflection, and development of projects, as well as through direct service and/or advocacy. During their projects, youth should acquire the necessary knowledge to develop targeted work-readiness skills.

About our organization:
The Attic Youth Center creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society.

Since 1993, over 15,000 LGBTQ youth and youth allies have walked through the doors of The Attic Youth Center.  Whether youth are seeking a caring adult to talk to, a safe space to express their identity, activities to participate in after school, or assistance with finding housing or a job, The Attic strives to have a positive impact on many aspects of their lives.
The Attic consistently evaluates its programming in effort to assure that each youth who participates in Attic services and activities grows and thrives. Over time, The Attic has found that consistent participation in Attic programming leads to:

  • Increased positive behavior/personal and social responsibility
  • Increased social and emotional competencies (e.g. interpersonal skills, adaptability, teamwork)
  • Increased leadership capacity (e.g. public speaking, group facilitation, advocacy)
  • Improved literacy, study skills, and academic competencies
  • Improved job acquisition skills
  • Increased 21st century skills (e.g. information technology literacy, critical thinking, creativity and innovation, etc.)
  • Improved school attendance

Each summer The Attic offers a paid internship opportunity for Philadelphia’s LGBTQ high school students. This program is part of Philadelphia Youth Network’s WorkReady initiative, which funds workforce development opportunities for youth. The Attic’s internship program empowers LGBTQ youth and youth allies to work toward safety and visibility for LGBTQ youth in Philly. Each summer, the program has a theme (last year it was Black Lives Matter) and youth interns help create practical, usable, resources like a toolkit for teachers, videos to share their stories with others, performances, or research briefs.

The internship is for 6 weeks, from early July to mid August.  Interns work 20 hours a week, Monday-Thursday, from 10am - 3:00pm. They are paid $7.25 an hour.

Applications are available in April. Youth must physically come to the Attic to apply.

So what’s this years theme and driving question?

How do we prepare young people to strive, thrive and survive in an ever-changing world?
This summer, join The Attic’s service learning project in exploring how we, as a community, can learn skills to strive, thrive, and survive as young adults in these challenging times. In the current political environment , LGBTQ individuals, communities of color, and immigrants, are being impacted the most.  This is a paid internship where you will work on projects to set personal goals, learn how to engage politically, and develop economic and business skills, all of which will help you succeed in the future.

What you can expect to learn?

Thrive – Goal Setting/Problem Solving/Personal Skills
Strive – Civic Engagement
Survive – Economics/Ed Voc

Youth will have the opportunity to participates in all three topics.

What is your expected schedule?
This six week summer program will begin July 10th, youth are expected to work Monday - Thursday from 10:00am - 3:00pm, includes a paid lunch break, lunch will be provided.

What do we expect from our Summer Interns?
We expect youth to show up on time, be engaged with subject matter and really be invested in the work that will lead to their own success and the culmination of a final project.

If you are ready to get started click here.


For more information contact [email protected], or call (215) 545-4331 x 119.