Investing in the Next Generation of Leaders: An Inclusive Neighborhood Growth Issue Forum

Wednesday, May 24, 2023
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Preparing our young people to enter the workforce is vital toward increasing social mobility, and improving the health and safety of our neighborhoods. For many young people, their first glimpse at the world of work can influence the career path they choose to take. While the rise of hybrid and remote workplaces has changed the traditional internship experience, remote and hybrid internships still provide both students and businesses valuable opportunities to plan for their future. 

Internships are a benefit to both employers and students. The best way for students to choose a career and expand their professional network is through work experience. Employing students gives businesses access to future talent as they are just beginning to consider their careers, builds brand awareness and competitiveness, and contributes to the local community's well-being. The youth of today are the workforce of tomorrow, and the business community is powerfully situated to be an agent of positive change by showing students the possibilities that are out there in the workforce.

Join us at our final in-person issue forum of the season for an interactive discourse on the business and societal benefits of increasing internship opportunities for middle and high school students from all walks of life. Discuss with regional leaders how offering internships can cultivate students’ interest in our region’s promising industries and help build future pipelines to infuse diverse talent into our workforces. Learn how you and your company can play a role in helping students put their technical skills to use, build a professional network, and acquire the interpersonal skills required to have a prosperous career in any industry.

Speakers to Date:
Dan Fitzpatrick, President, Citizens Mid-Atlantic Region
Farah Jimenez, President & CEO, Philadelphia Education Fund
Yvette Núñez, Chief External Affairs Officer, Mastery Schools
Wendy-Anne Roberts-Johnson, President & CEO,  Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN)

This Event is Closed


The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia strives to create an inclusive and equitable environment for all. If you have a disability and require accommodations in order to fully participate in this event, please contact us here at least three business days in advance of the event. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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