Youth Programs

The Center for Community Partnerships operates the following four youth-focused programs.

Youth Employment Project

The Youth Employment Project provides Philadelphia students between the ages of 17 and 24 who have a GED or high school diploma with career training opportunities. Program participants have access to academic support and career educational counseling. They participate in activities focused on

  • career exploration, including tours of colleges and vocational schools;
  • career-based mentoring and job shadowing opportunities;
  • internship opportunities;
  • job readiness; and
  • literacy.

Career advisors provide students with support during and after they complete their education, as well as training to help students stay on track with their personal goals.

The Youth Employment Project has partnerships throughout Philadelphia to expose students to internship opportunities so they gain valuable workplace experience and earn incentive pay for workplace achievement.

The program includes two tracks intended to provide students with job skills training.

Achieving Independence Center

The Achieving Independence Center believes that students who attend inner city or urban school districts are underserved and have limited access to career and educational counseling or academic support services. Compared to students in private or suburban school districts, these students can often have lower academic self esteem, graduation rates and standardized test scores than students in private or suburban school districts. They may have limited career options, or may rely on public welfare systems.

Youth attending urban schools who are involved in the child welfare system may face even greater challenges. Those who experience multiple residential placements are often enrolled in different schools throughout their middle and high school years. These experiences may lead to below-level reading, mathematics and writing skills, as well as a lack of continuous academic support services. Student drop-out rates tend to be higher, and many who graduate high school may have have limited higher education options due to low grade point averages, poor critical thinking skills and low standardized test scores.

The Achieving Independence Center seeks to address many of these challenges through educational support services for youth transitioning out of the dependent care system.

Staff at the Achieving Independence Center are responsible for the following services.

  • Educational and vocational training linkage and referrals.
  • GED linkage and referrals.
  • Grant assistance, including individual counseling sessions to help students complete the application process.
  • Higher education assistance, including college tours, individual counseling sessions, and fairs and workshops, as well as help with completing post-secondary applications, financial aid applications and scholarship applications.
  • High school support and retention, including assistance with homework, group activities and individual counseling sessions.

For more information, contact Harold Brooks, the program coordinator.

Achieving Independence Center
1415 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: 215-574-9194, ext. 232
Fax: 215-574-9196

A Temple student peers closely at the monitor as they work in the computer lab.


The WorkReady program’s work experience model provides an engaging and high-quality opportunity for enrolled youth who are between the ages of 14 and 18 years, including exposure to careers that may otherwise be considered inaccessible to underserved youth. Students also develop and refine skills critical to the workplace.

WorkReady places students in appropriate work sites in which they can acquire, enhance and use their skills to meaningfully contribute to the workforce. Students have access to the following three industry sector options for placements.

  • Culture and Education: These work sites align with the education industry sector, and they are located in education venues and centers. Students who request this sector and who are assessed to have a career interest in education, or field work related to education, are referred to this placement option. These placements are are primarily located at Temple’s Main Campus or at summer camp programs, including The Advocate Center for Culture and Education and the Beckett Life Center.
  • Intergenerational and Healthcare: Students are placed in Senior Centers, such as North Philadelphia’s North City Congress or Yorktown Arms, through the Yorktown Community Development Corporation. They have opportunities to work with older generations and with issues related to healthcare.
  • Hospitality and Business Services: These placements align Temple University’s Fox School of Business and the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management. Students are placed in non-profit business offices or in hospitality venues such as the Conwell Inn at Temple’s Main Campus.

For more information, contact the Center for Community Partnerships.
Center for Community Partnerships
Temple University
Ritter Annex, 4th Fl.
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: 215-204-7491
Fax: 215-204-3429

Employment Connections for Opportunity Youth

Temple’s Employment Connections for Opportunity Youth program serves students who are between 17 to 21 years old and who have aged or are currently aging out of foster care. Young adults who have dropped out of school, are current seniors in high school, or graduated with their Diploma or GED are eligible for this program. Sponsored in part by Philadelphia Works, Inc., the Employment Connections for Opportunity Youth program provides a comprehensive approach to college and career connectedness, including opportunities to explore career options and exposure to career or college pathways.

Participants have access to the following support services.

  • Academic support
  • Assistance with high school equivalency certification (General Education Development or High School Equivalency Test exams)
  • Career coaching
  • Career exploration workshops
  • College tours and cultural awareness trips
  • Education and career development
  • Information technology and customer service certifications
  • Paid work experience
  • Post-secondary tuition and book assistance
  • Referral to advance skills training programs
  • Technology certification
  • Transportation assistance
  • Work and school clothing/uniforms

For more information, contact the Center for Community Partnerships.
Center for Community Partnerships
Temple University
Ritter Annex, 4th Fl.
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: 215-204-7491
Fax: 215-204-3429