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 Phoenixville Youth Initiative

 

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact Margaret Hamilton at 610-235-4593 or mhamilton@cc-oic.org for more information and/or to apply as an employer or student. You can also contact Chris Pielli at cpielli@cc-oic.org or Javonna Wylie at jwylie@cc-oic.org.

PYI PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
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A collaboration between Chester County OIC and Phoenixville Social Concerns Committee, the Phoenixville Youth Initiative is an eight week summer employment program designed to help low-income, at risk youth aged 14 -19 residing in the Phoenixville Area.

PYI MISSION
To reduce risky behaviors of youth and young adults between the ages of 14-19 in the Phoenixville area by fostering a collaboration among residents, local businesses and non-profit organizations and the school district.

STRUCTURE

  • Up to 8 weeks of paid work & education experience
  • Federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour
  • Open to all Phoenixville residents from 14 through 19 years old

GOALS

  • Introduce and prepare youth for world of work
  • Provide youth the opportunity to gain valuable work experience
  • Reduce youth unemployment during summer months
  • Provide supplemental income to families
  • Help youth to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed in today’s world of work

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EDUCATION COMPONENT

Service days are held once a week for 7 hours to provide students with the opportunity to develop professional skills, participate in leadership and team-building activities, reflect on their accomplishments, growth, and challenges at their workplaces, and explore various businesses and schools.

SERVICE DAY INCLUDES:

  • Work readiness
  • Financial literacy
  • Career exploration
  • Post-secondary education options
  • STEM projects
  • Leadership and Team-building
  • Professional Portfolio Development
  • Business & Post-secondary institution visits

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