About Us

Communities In Schools of Philadelphia operates Career Advancement & Retention Effort (CARE).  With a high level of quality and commitment, CISP’s CARE employment program pledges:
  1. to help business and industry build a qualified workforce
  2. to help new, established and expanding firms secure a productive labor force as quickly, economically and efficiently as possible
  3. to match qualified candidates with skilled positions
  4. to provide an immediate job-ready labor pool.  Currently the CARE program operates with 90% of student participants earning a certificate of completion.

Our CARE employment program works with a consortium of organizations contracted to participate in the City of Philadelphia’s comprehensive approach to youth workforce development. Communities In Schools of Philadelphia partners with the efforts of the private sector, government, School District of Philadelphia, foundations and community-based organizations to provide career preparation, academic enrichment, college exposure and work readiness training for youth ages 14-24. Communities In Schools of Philadelphia staff are assigned to provide additional support through mentoring and post-employment services, while local area businesses and community-based organizations provide students with “hands-on” practical experience needed to develop 21st Century Skills.

CARE offers students a plethora of training and skills necessary to enter the workforce.  CARE staff conducts interview skills trainings, job skills testing, Gmail account training, résumé development, cover letter writing, work-ready attire, etc.  In addition CARE staff can assist students to provide child abuse clearance, drug testing, and criminal background checks, which might be required by employers.  All students which successfully complete the CARE program will receive a certificate of completion.  Following job placement of students CARE staff can offer services to include meetings and/or telephone contact at or near workplace or near CARE facility, workplace counseling, career planning, goal setting, and referrals to providers of health, education, housing, and other social services.


Participants of job readiness trainings were more likely to earn higher wages, more likely to receive health care benefits, and work longer weeks and increased number of weeks throughout the year.  Of the participants in their study 82% of participants gained medical coverage and earned an average of $2,250 more per year.

Based on Annie E. Casey’s report Stronger Links: New Ways to Connect Low-skilled Workers to Better Jobs


Benefits of Job Readiness Training
  • Training increases employee productivity.
  • Training reduces turnover.
  • Training improves job satisfaction.
  • Training aids in the recruiting process.
  • Training rewards long-time employees.
  • Training reduces the need for employee supervision.