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Make the Most of Your Summer with Career Connected Learning 

By Cassandra D.

Did you know you can get paid to explore career paths, grow your skills, and find new passions? If you’re 12-24 and live in Philadelphia, you can apply to Career Connected Learning PHL (C2l-PHL) today. 

C2L-PHL works with organizations all over the city doing amazing things. Program options include opportunities in music, the arts, sports, the outdoors, and more. Program activities may include: 

  • Internships 
  • Service learning projects 
  • Career exploration and mentoring 
  • Professional development 
  • Job shadowing 

C2L-PHL is a great time to learn about the kind of jobs you like and discover your strengths. Programs will run from six to eight weeks over the summer. All participants will have the opportunity to earn a stipend of up to $1500.  

If you’re interested in making the most of your summer, applying is easy. Browse the C2L-PHL Program Locator to find an open program near you. Once you’ve found an opportunity you like, click “APPLY” and fill out the survey to get started. After you’ve clicked “SUBMIT,” keep an eye out for an email with next steps to complete your application.  

Summer is the season for fun and adventure, so take this time to start a journey of growth and self-discovery. You can even make friends and earn money along the way!  Programs are filling up quickly, so start your application today. Don’t forget, you must follow the steps in your follow-up email to complete your application.  

The application deadline for this summer is Friday, June 7, so be sure to apply before it’s too late! If you need help completing your application in a language other than English, please call (833) 750-5627. 

Highlights from the 2nd Annual Grow with JEVS

By Erin G.

Thanks to our sponsors, attendees, volunteers, and staff, Grow with JEVS was a huge success! Held at Water Works in Philadelphia, this 2nd annual fundraising event consisted of a cocktail reception, dinner, and entertainment. Key speakers included Dan Fitzpatrick, Mid-Atlantic President of Citizens; Laurie Franz, Chair of JEVS Board of Directors; Cynthia Figueroa, JEVS President & CEO; Revena Washington, JEVS ambassador; and Heather Keafer, JEVS’ Chief of Communications & External Affairs. Among the distinguished guests were Pennsylvania State Senator Jimmy Dillon and Councilmember Rue Landau, who contributed to the festive atmosphere with their presence and support.

Reflecting on Growth and Developments

Emcee Heather Keafer led the opening presentation and highlighted JEVS accomplishments over the last year. Click here to see the JEVS video. Laurie Franz praised the opportunities that JEVS provides as it explores ways to expand its services. “As we address our communities’ most pressing challenges,” she said, “we must continue to grow our network, grow our partnerships, grow our services, and grow solutions.”

Cynthia Figueroa previewed JEVS strategic plan, to be unveiled in full later this summer. She addressed JEVS’ focus on increasing services to youth, growing healthcare programs, expanding geographically, and fostering financial stability. She also announced that, “just last week, JEVS was selected as one of four organizations globally for an investment from ServiceNow.”  

Welcoming Generous Sponsors

JEVS is grateful to all the sponsors who supported Grow with JEVS – thank you!  Citizens, presenting sponsor, continues its long-standing partnership with JEVS. Dan Fitzpatrick stressed the importance of a thriving Philadelphia workforce and a healthy local economy. He also emphasized the role that JEVS plays in providing vital services for the city. 

Hearing Ambassador Testimony

Speaking of her personal and professional experience with JEVS over 15 years, Revena Washington gave a moving speech about the impact the organization has on individuals. From being a program participant to becoming an employee, Revena has earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and today is a Clinical Services Supervisor for JEVS. She specifically thanked the JEVS employees who supported and encouraged her: “they believed in the future me; embraced the current me; and helped me let go of the old me. They showed me that I had the ability to conquer the world.”

Fueling the Future

At JEVS, we continue working with individuals to create sustainable paths to independence and economic security.

However, we can’t do it alone. Your contribution, no matter the size, can make a significant difference in our ability to reach more people and create a lasting impact. When you donate today, you help JEVS provide services for more than 16,000 individuals every year. Together, we can help every person achieve personal independence and fulfillment.

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to a memorable evening. Be sure to follow @jevshumanservices for future updates, news, and ways to get involved!

Citizens’ Role in Fueling Philadelphia’s Economic Growth through Grow with JEVS

By Erin G. 

Dan Fitzpatrick, a commercial banking executive with over 25 years of experience, is the President of Citizens’ Mid-Atlantic Region. In this Q&A, Dan shares about Citizens’ role as the presenting sponsor of Grow with JEVS and the impact of this partnership on Philadelphia’s economic growth and community enrichment.

1. What motivates Citizens to sponsor Grow with JEVS?

Through Citizens’ giving strategy, we support initiatives that lift people up, so that our local economies also succeed. Citizenship is at the heart of our company’s identity, and when people and communities reach their potential – we all thrive. By sponsoring Grow with JEVs, we can fund both JEVS’ mission and a convening event for influential leaders in Philadelphia.

2. How do you see the annual fundraiser Grow with JEVS supporting the Greater Philadelphia communities?  

Events like this shine a light on the needs and opportunities that exist within our city. And most importantly, what solutions JEVs brings to the table. While we celebrate their successes, it is also a call to action on what more needs to be done to help people reach their full potential.

3. Why should public and nonprofit partners work together to provide opportunities for individuals? 

We can’t solve community problems alone. We need to team up to provide multiple opportunities for people to succeed.

4. As a business leader, how do you see the partnership between Citizens and JEVS Human Services supporting local economic growth? 

At Citizens, we believe that supporting workforce development is a key part of having a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive business environment and society. We believe that employed communities drive economies and lead to entrepreneurship.

5. What would you say to encourage other businesses in Philadelphia to support JEVS’ mission?  

By investing in job training and wrap around services, you’re helping to set people up for financial success, which in turn helps Philadelphia to thrive as an economy. And when our city succeeds – we all succeed.

Driving Economic Prosperity in Philadelphia

With gratitude for Citizens’ support for Grow with JEVS, we acknowledge their pivotal role in fueling Philadelphia’s economic growth. JEVS remains steadfast in its mission to work with individuals to create sustainable paths to independence and economic security. Together, we establish lasting impact and build brighter futures for our community.

Unlocking Job Search Success for 55+

In today’s job market, job seekers who are older often face age discrimination. However, nearly 40% of employers prefer hiring older candidates. So, what’s behind this apparent contradiction?

According to Jackie Savoy and Sarah Goodman-Strong, counselors at JEVS Career Solutions for 55+, the issue is the technical skills required in job descriptions. Many jobs require savviness with newer technologies. That’s why continuous learning is vital. Staying current with training appeals to employers and boosts confidence, whether for full-time or part-time positions.

If you’re over 55 and are looking for your next position, now is the time to invest in yourself!

Join us for a free, virtual job search seminar, Strategies for Success, on Thursday, June 6th, from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. Connect with your community and discover available training and resources for older adults. Learn about free career counseling, job search support, skills training for 55+, and computer classes.

Award-winning keynote speaker Michael Robinson, Director of Community Outreach and Hiring for the Lenfest Center at Temple University, is the keynote speaker. Participating agencies include JEVS Human Services, PA CareerLink, and the Mayor’s Commission on Aging, along with an age discrimination attorney and a panel discussion with local employers.

Attendees joining the live Zoom webinar will have the chance to win Amazon gift cards in drawings!

Save your spot for the virtual webinar: click this link to register.

Discover JEVS! Explore Job Openings and Program Services 

JEVS Human Services works with individuals to create sustainable paths to independence and economic security. For over 80 years, JEVS has been providing jobs, education, and vital services. JEVS offers almost 40 programs in PA, DE, and NJ, and is an inclusive, equal-opportunity employer.

Find the program that’s right for you

Image description. A woman in one of the programs at JEVS sits at a table working with wires. Her hair is in two braids, and she is wearing a black shirt and protective goggles. End description.From Workforce Development to Career and Technical Education, Community Living and Home Support, and JEVS Care at Home, JEVS’ programs work together to help people meet their goals. Click this link to read more about available programs and review services.


When you love what you do, it’s not a job. It’s a calling!

Image description. Seven members of the JEVS Human Resources team stand in front of a balloon display and smile for a team photo.Whether you’re passionate about providing support to individuals with disabilities, working with youth, or helping adults achieve their career goals, there’s a place for you at JEVS. Become part of a team dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of others. Click this link to learn more about employment at JEVS and to explore current openings.

Discover JEVS

JEVS serves almost 16,000 individuals annually. Its programs range from career strategies to skills training and support services. JEVS sees a future where every person achieves personal independence and fulfillment. Through receiving services or working here, we invite you to join us. 


When you love what you do, it’s not a job. It’s a calling! 

The work at JEVS goes beyond providing exceptional care and support to our communities. It includes creating an environment where everyone, regardless of background or circumstance, can thrive. As a leading nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, serving Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey, we are committed to creating equal employment opportunities for all.

We firmly believe in the power of diversity and inclusivity. That is why we stand against any form of discrimination or harassment based on factors such as gender, age, race, color, religion, creed, sexual preference or orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, military status, veteran status, handicap, disability, or membership in any other protected group. At JEVS, every individual is valued and respected.

In line with our commitment to fairness and equality, we adhere to the Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance. This ensures that employment decisions are based on candidate qualifications and abilities, rather than any past experiences.

By joining JEVS, you become part of a team dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of others. Whether you’re passionate about supporting individuals with disabilities, empowering at-risk youth, or helping adults achieve their career goals, there’s a place for you here.

We encourage interested individuals to explore the career opportunities available at JEVS Human Services. Whether you’re just starting your career or looking for a new challenge, we offer positions across various departments and locations.

Join us in our mission to build a more inclusive and equitable society. Together, we can make a difference. Visit our website to learn more about our organization and current job opportunities.

April is Celebrate Diversity Month!

By Ashley R.M. 

“Diversity doesn’t look like anyone. It looks like everyone.” –Karen Draper

Celebrate Diversity Month encourages us to embrace our unique differences and recognize the commonalities that unite us.

The purpose of this month-long celebration is to promote acceptance, inclusion, and understanding of different cultures, lifestyles, and perspectives. It’s a time to recognize and honor the diversity of all people, including differences in culture, gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, age, religion, abilities, education level, and other aspects of diversity.

Most importantly, it is a time to reflect on our journey and recommit ourselves to creating more inclusive environments for all employees and the communities we serve.

At JEVS, we recognize Celebrate Diversity Month and are committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Ways You Can Celebrate Diversity
  1. Watch a movie or documentary that explores different cultures, topics, and lifestyles and offers a glimpse of life through a multicultural lens. Need suggestions? Try these: 18 Movies That Celebrate Diversity to Watch as a Family
  2. Read a book about a culture that is not your own or by a writer of an ethnicity different from yours. Need suggestions? Try these: 20 Cultural Diversity Best Books to Read
  3. Cook! Step into the kitchen to try a recipe from a culture you are exploring.

Valuing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion During Women’s History Month and Year-Round

Women’s History Month celebrates women’s contributions to history, culture, and society.

The 2024 National Women’s History Month theme is “Women Who Advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”

This year’s theme is timely. The latest data by the United Nations says the goal of gender equality and empowering all women and girls by 2030 is off track. We want this goal to become reality.

This month and every day, JEVS honors women who are allies for inclusion. They empower us to take a stand, do more, and use our power for the good of others!

As we focus on the theme of ‘Women Who Advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,’ we invite you to recognize the women in your community who support DEI values. Let’s work together to create fair opportunities for everyone, regardless of gender. Each one of us can make a positive impact: let’s remember to appreciate and support people who work toward a future where everyone is treated equally.

Use these links below to explore local events celebrating Women’s History Month:

Three Stories of Hard Work and Success

By Erin G. 

JEVS Human Services (JEVS) supports over 16,000 people in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey through almost 40 programs. These programs cover workforce development, Career and Technical Education (CTE), Community Living and Home Support, and JEVS Care at Home.

We hear heartwarming stories from people in JEVS programs that highlight why our mission is to help individuals create paths to independence and economic security.

During Women’s History Month, we’re sharing the stories of three amazing women who found success in JEVS programs:

Meet Jill

Jill lost her mom to cancer, inspiring her to care for others and study nursing. She found the right program with EduConnect. Jill is a powerful example for her two daughters, and her oldest is graduating from EduConnect in March 2024!

Click this link to read Jill’s story.

Meet Iryna

Due to the Russia-Ukraine war, Iryna and her family had to leave Ukraine. JEVS’ Center for New Americans (CNA) helped them settle in the U.S.

Click this link to read Iryna’s story.

Meet Marie

Originally from Haiti, Marie moved to the U.S. to find better opportunities. Despite facing challenges, her hard work led her to a new path.

Click this link to read Marie’s story.

To explore JEVS’ programs and services, visit our online program directory. Whether you’re seeking workforce development, educational opportunities, community living assistance, or home care services, JEVS can make a difference in your life or the lives of those you care about.


Philadelphia’s Promising Pivot: New Youth Workforce Initiative Aims to Streamline Career Development

By Maryann Pugh

PHILADELPHIA, PA — In a significant move towards fostering youth career development, the City of Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Works have announced their collaboration on a city-wide initiative dubbed “Career Connected Learning PHL” (C2L-PHL). This program aims to integrate and streamline work-based learning activities, providing a host of opportunities for young Philadelphians to kickstart their careers.

Set to launch this summer, C2L-PHL plans to place 8,000 young people, aged 12 to 24, in summer employment. The initiative also seeks to broaden opportunities for year-round work-based learning activities to an additional 2,000 young individuals.

This new initiative represents a significant advancement for Philadelphia’s youth workforce system. It reinforces the city’s commitment to offering high-quality, career-connected learning activities for its younger population.

C2L-PHL succeeds the WorkReady program, which, over the past decade, has provided thousands of Philadelphia youth with paid work experiences during the summer and school year.

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

Jermaine Dawson, Ed.D., deputy superintendent of academic services for the School District of Philadelphia, underscored the importance of the initiative. “Providing our students with opportunities to gain valuable skills that prepare them to realize any future they desire is critical,” Dawson said. “This partnership signifies an important investment in our youth.”

H. Patrick Clancy, president and CEO at Philadelphia Works, echoed these sentiments, highlighting the importance of open communication, stakeholder involvement, and shared vision. “This collaboration signifies a turning point towards establishing a more streamlined, impactful, and equitable youth workforce system for the future of Philadelphia,” Clancy said.

JEVS Human Services (JEVS) has been selected to serve as the fiscal and contracting intermediary for C2L-PHL, supporting program operations, employer engagement, program oversight, and fiscal management.

The importance of this initiative cannot be overstated. By providing young Philadelphians with work experience and career-connected learning opportunities, C2L-PHL is investing in the city’s future workforce. This could result in a more skilled, diverse, and economically vibrant city.

Furthermore, by establishing a more streamlined and efficient system for youth workforce development, C2L-PHL could potentially serve as a model for other cities grappling with similar issues. This initiative shows how collaboration between key stakeholders can lead to innovative solutions that benefit an entire community.

In essence, C2L-PHL is about more than just summer jobs. It’s about empowering Philadelphia’s youth, strengthening the local economy, and shaping the future of the City of Brotherly Love.

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.

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