MAYOR NUTTER on Monday encouraged employers to hire 10,000 Philadelphia youth this summer as part of his Summer Jobs Challenge.
Summer jobs and internships "provide young people with valuable work experience, put money in their pockets and teach them the value of a dollar - regardless of whether a dollar is actually worth a dollar today anymore. That'll be a different speech," Nutter said at a news conference.
WorkReady Philadelphia, which is managed by the nonprofit Philadelphia Youth Network, organizes the summer jobs drive. The program served 6,000 city youth last year, but had to turn down 8,000 applicants because of a shortage of positions.