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Philadelphia’s Youth Workforce System Reimagined

Career Connected Learning PHL (C2L-PHL) poised to transform Philadelphia’s workforce landscape, offering more varied and comprehensive opportunities for youth
 

PHILADELPHIA –  The City of Philadelphia (the City), the School District of Philadelphia(the District), and Philadelphia Works (PhilaWorks) today announced they are aligning to better support the career development of Philadelphia’s youth. “Career Connected Learning PHL” (C2L-PHL) is a new city-wide youth workforce initiative that will integrate and streamline work-based learning activities, thereby broadening opportunities for Philadelphia youth to achieve career success.

Beginning this summer, the project will place 8,000 young people ages 12 to 24 in summer employment, and will expand opportunities for year-round work-based learning activities to 2,000 young people.

The initiative is a significant step forward for Philadelphia’s youth workforce system, reinforcing the city’s commitment to providing high-quality, career-connected learning activities for young people.

C2L-PHL replaces the WorkReady program which, during the past decade, placed thousands of Philadelphia youth in paid work experiences during the summer and school year.

Vanessa Garrett Harley, Director for the Office of Children and Families said, “C2L-PHL will offer many of our young people their first experience in the workforce and will help them discover the many pathways that they can take to build life-sustaining and thriving careers.”

“Providing our students with opportunities to gain valuable skills that prepare them to realize any future they desire is critical,” said Jermaine Dawson, Ed.D., deputy superintendent of academic services for the School District of Philadelphia. “This partnership signifies an important investment in our youth, one that we hope engages them in Philadelphia’s workforce and economy for generations to come.”

H. Patrick Clancy, president and CEO at Philadelphia Works, said, “We are deeply committed to fostering open communication, ensuring that all stakeholders are kept well-informed and involved in our shared vision. It is with great enthusiasm that we continue our partnership with the City, the District, and the exceptional organizations that are connected to C2L-PHL. This collaboration signifies a turning point towards establishing a more streamlined, impactful, and equitable youth workforce system for the future of Philadelphia.”

JEVS Human Services (JEVS) has been selected to serve as the fiscal and contracting intermediary for C2L-PHL. JEVS will support program operations, employer engagement, program oversight, and fiscal management. 
 
The C2L-PHL partnership is committed to collaborating with stakeholders to support students and young adults to navigate the myriad of career opportunities available for them to grow, learn, earn, and stay in Philadelphia.

C2L-PHL enrollment opens in Spring 2024. Youth and their caregivers should periodically check the website at phila.gov/c2lphl for updated information about the program.

For questions about C2L-PHL, email: [email protected].


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About Career Connected Learning PHL (C2L-PHL):
C2L-PHL is a city-wide collaboration for work-based learning and career exploration opportunities serving Philadelphia’s youth ages 12-24. From career awareness to job experience, these activities connect the reality of work to the learning environment. C2L-PHL is Philly’s version of career connected learning, a proven, nationwide model. Led by the City of Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Works, our approach has three goals for youth:
 
1. Access, experience, and explore different career paths and fields
2. Work on the tools and skills needed to explore, set, and achieve career goals
3. Identify and utilize strengths and passions to inform career decisions

 

JEVS Human Services Honors World Refugee Day

Join JEVS Human Services (JEVS) in honoring World Refugee Day. World Refugee Day is a time for us to acknowledge the strength and courage of refugees around the globe. This day is important to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.

JEVS was founded in 1941 when a group of 25 concerned citizens deeply committed to helping refugees came together. Today, JEVS Center for New Americans (CNA), provides services to help hundreds of refugees, asylees and victims of trafficking to find employment. Since December 2022, CNA has served 680 refugees.

Services that are available:

· Vocational English Language Training classes

· Acculturation workshops

· Case management services

· Interviewing, resume writing, workforce foundation skills, and job readiness and retention workshops

· Computer literacy classes and follow-up

· Youth program assisting 16- and 17-year-olds find part-time working during the school year, or full-time summer employment

Let’s honor refugees together on June 20th. Together we can raise awareness on World Refugee Day.

Orleans Technical College renews accreditation

Last week, the Accreditation Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) renewed JEVS Human Services Orleans Technical College’s (Orleans Tech) accreditation for another five years. The renewal is a testament to the college’s commitment to providing quality career and technical education centered on the needs of students and employers.

“The renewal of accreditation was a year-long process that required all operational functions of the college to come together and present a comprehensive self-evaluation report that focused on the institution’s policies and procedures. This was a true team effort and speaks to the excellent work of the administration, faculty, and staff,” said Rodney Brutton, Orleans Tech Campus President.

The ACCSC is an institutional accreditor recognized by the United States Department of Education. One of the benefits of accreditation is that students are eligible for Federal financial aid.

For more information on Orleans Technical College, please click here: https://orleanstech.edu/ For more information on the ACCSC, please click here: https://www.accsc.org/

JEVS Human Services celebrated its work and partnerships during annual fundraising cocktail reception

Top Corporate Sponsors include Aetna and Odell Studner Insurance Brokers & Consultants

Philadelphia (June 2, 2023) – JEVS Human Services (JEVS) celebrated its work, legacy and partnerships on Thursday, June 1st with 300 donors, volunteers, and staff at the Waterworks in Philadelphia. Joined by several corporate sponsors, including Aetna and Odell Studner Insurance Brokers & Consultants, the money raised from the event supported the work of JEVS career training, workforce development, and independent living services for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

“Working together—staff, volunteers, donors, and program participants—we form a strong partnership. It’s a partnership that that’s committed to being the change that’s needed right now,” said Cynthia F. Figueroa, JEVS President & CEO. “It is through these efforts that we are able to provide support for more than 16,000 individuals each year to meet their goals.”

JEVS Human Services, a leading human services agency headquartered in Philadelphia, provides innovative and comprehensive programs and services designed to enhance the self-sufficiency and quality of life of its clients. JEVS empowers individuals through workforce development, career and technical education, and support services in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Contact: Melody Zimmerman, Director of External Affairs
[email protected]
445-246-7215

Metro Philadelphia Latino Power Players

By Catriona Ting-Morton, Metro 

There are countless groups and individuals upholding Philadelphia’s vital Latino and Hispanic communities. Metro Philadelphia’s Latino Power Players list honors some of those change-makers that make this great community what it is – a proud, collaborative hub of businesses, nonprofits, and public officials putting Philadelphia’s Latino communities on the map. From owners of award-winning restaurants, to CEOs of leading organizations, so many incredible people make Philadelphia’s Latino community the remarkable scene that it is.

Cynthia Figueroa
President and CEO, JEVS Human Services

Cynthia F. Figueroa is the president and CEO of JEVS Human Services. Cynthia is a dynamic leader with 25 years of experience in the government and non-profit human service sectors. She builds high-performing, diverse teams and develops outcome-based programs and services. She’s also  a creative problem-solver, a staunch advocate for vulnerable communities, and skilled at leading effective collaborations. Prior to JEVS, Cynthia was City of Philadelphia Deputy Mayor, Office of Children and Families.

What makes the Philadelphia Latino community unique?
The history and diversity of the community. Philadelphia is home to one of the largest concentrations of Puerto Ricans on the mainland. Although NYC and Orlando also have large Latino communities, Philadelphia’s Latino community is majority Puerto Rican, with a growing Mexican, Central, and South American communities. The Latino community has a strong civic and cultural present in this City.  

What more do you think could be done to support the Latino community in Philadelphia?
Continued representation in government, the private sector, as well as in Latino owned and operated entities. There are also significant issues impacting geographic sectors of the City that have a large concentration of the Latino community, including the opioid crisis, gun violence, blight, the state of public education, and the conditions of the school buildings. A specific plan that coordinates effort for all communities to be safe and offer quality education is needed. 

If you were taking someone on a tour of your neighborhood, what would be your first stop?
A few stops for sure, but in the order of heading north, I would stop at Taller Puertorriqueño and view what is on display in the gallery. I would then pop into Congreso to say “hi” to old friends and then I would head to Tierra Colombian for an incredible meal.

Do you have any local Latino heroes you look up to?
So many: Alba Martinez, Pedro Ramos, Sara Manzano Diaz, the Honorable Teresa Sarmina, Jaqueline Romero and the Reverend Bonnie Carmada.

Read the full article here.

State funds for Orleans Tech

Cynthia F. Figueroa, President and CEO of JEVS Human Services accepts a check from State Rep. Martin White and state Sen. Jim Dillon with students of Orleans Technical College.

By Northeast Times

JEVS Human Services has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to support Orleans Technical College. RACP grants are awarded to organizations of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical significance for improvement projects.

The grant will allow for the renovation of the existing Orleans Tech campus, 2770 Red Lion Road. Included in these renovations are upgrades and new security features in the school’s main atrium.

State Rep. Martin White and state Sen. Jim Dillon presented the check on Monday.

“We’re grateful for Sen. Dillon and Rep. White’s support of our nonprofit career and technical education program. The RACP grant will help JEVS continue its quality education services in a modern, state-of-the-art-space — preparing individuals for in-demand careers,” said Cynthia F. Figueroa, JEVS president and CEO.

“Schools like Orleans Technical College are helping students acquire skills that will lead to good-paying careers in jobs that too often go unfilled,” White said. “This funding will help Orleans expand its mission, which will give our Pennsylvanians greater educational options.”

“When I visited Orleans Tech, I saw first-hand how their programs prepare people in my district and all over the Delaware Valley for good, family-sustaining jobs,” Dillon said. “At a time when people are anxious about the economy and student debt, I’m happy we invested in an institution with a 40-year history of teaching in-demand skills and providing industry-recognized credentials.”

Orleans Tech offers six-month job training programs in various building trades and prepares graduates for employment with companies large and small that provide residential and commercial construction, repair and maintenance. Orleans Tech also offers vocational education and job placement in the health care field.

Follow this link to the NorthEast Times

JEVS Human Services Orleans Technical College Receives $500,000 Grant through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP)

Senator Jimmy Dillon and Representative Martina White supported JEVS Human Services request for RACP funding to support its career and technical education programs.
Collaboration creates access to job opportunities for aspiring phlebotomists with Labcorp

Philadelphia (April 17, 2023) – JEVS Human Services (JEVS) has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) by the PA Office of the Budget to support Orleans Technical College (Orleans Tech). RACP grants are awarded to organizations of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical significance for improvement projects.

The grant will allow for the renovation of the existing Orleans Tech campus in Northeast Philadelphia. Included in these renovations are upgrades and new security features in the school’s main atrium.

“We’re grateful for Senator Dillon and Representative White’s support of our non-profit career and technical education program. The RACP grant will help JEVS continue its quality education services in a modern, state of the art space—preparing individuals for in-demand careers,” said Cynthia F. Figueroa, JEVS President & CEO.

“Schools like Orleans Technical College are helping students acquire skills that will lead to good-paying careers in jobs that too often go unfilled,” Representative White said. “This funding will help Orleans expand its mission, which will give our Pennsylvanians greater educational options.”

“When I visited Orleans Tech, I saw first-hand how their programs prepare people in my district and all over the Delaware Valley for good, family-sustaining jobs,” said Senator Dillon. “At a time when people are anxious about the economy and student debt, I’m happy we invested in an institution with a 40-year history of teaching in-demand skills and providing industry-recognized credentials.”

JEVS’ non-profit career training school, Orleans Technical College, prepares adults for new futures. Since 1974, Orleans Tech has helped students move toward one common goal: learning new skills to enhance their success in the workforce. Orleans Tech offers six-month job training programs in various building trades and prepares graduates for employment with companies–large and small–that provide residential and commercial construction, repair, and maintenance. Building on JEVS’s decades of experience working with people in need, Orleans Tech also offers vocational education and job placement in the health care field.

For more information, please visit www.jevshumanservices.org and www.orleanstech.edu.

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Media contact: Melody Zimmerman, Director of External Affairs, JEVS Human Services
email: [email protected]
text/call: 445-246-7215

 

JEVS Human Services announces new training program and externship opportunities for EduConnect students

Collaboration creates access to job opportunities for aspiring phlebotomists with Labcorp

Philadelphia (April 12, 2023) – JEVS Human Services (JEVS) today announced a strategic relationship with Labcorp (NYSE: LH), a leading global life sciences company, that creates a new training program and access to employment opportunities for students in the JEVS EduConnect program. Through an 80-hour phlebotomy credentialing program, students will participate in an externship at a Labcorp facility, be certified to become a phlebotomist, and gain access to potential long-term employment opportunities.

“The strategic relationship between Labcorp and JEVS is critical to supporting the students we serve start in their career goals,” said Cynthia F. Figueroa, JEVS President & CEO. “Our connection with Labcorp allowed us to create a program specifically for phlebotomy, and it demonstrates our commitment to grow the greater Philadelphia workforce to support real needs in the community.”

JEVS healthcare training programs empower individuals across the Greater Philadelphia region with educational and employment opportunities in high demand industries. JEVS is currently offering training programs and certifications for Pharmacy Technicians, Sterile Processing Technicians, Clinical Medical Assistants and now Phlebotomists.

For more information, please visit www.jevshumanservices.org.

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Media contact: Melody Zimmerman, Director of External Affairs, JEVS Human Services
email: [email protected]
text/call: 445-246-7215

In 2022, JEVS Helped Thousands Achieve Their Goals

In 2022, JEVS Human Services (JEVS) supported over 16,000 individuals to achieve their goals. Our programs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware reflect JEVS core service areas: workforce development, career and technical education, and in-home supports. 

A few highlights from last year include: 

Plus: 

JEVS’s quality services are fueled by innovation and our commitment to do what is right and just. Support our work throughout the year by volunteering or donating

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