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The Chamber’s Commitment to Education

Posted Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Public Policy, Advocacy, Education & Talent

As a business organization looking to economically grow the Greater Philadelphia region, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia recognizes the importance of investing in our future workforce. An educated and diverse workforce is key to the long-term competitive success of our city and region, and acts as a catalyst to attract and retain businesses.

Check out how the Chamber stays committed to our region’s future workforce, especially to students in early learning/secondary education, and how you can get involved:

Read to Me

This year-long program supports early childhood literacy and inspires readership in our school-aged youth by providing quality classroom book collections to thousands of Philadelphia students while facilitating workshops that encourage caregivers to read aloud to their children at home.

Support the Read to Me Early Literacy program with your tax-deductible donation in the following ways:

Read by 4th

The Chamber is a community partner and funder of Read by 4th, an unprecedented citywide effort, managed by the Free Library of Philadelphia, with the goal of doubling the number of children reading at grade level by 4th grade by 2020.

Future Ready

Future Ready engages and enlightens Philadelphia middle school students about future career opportunities and the paths to take to get them there. The goal of the program is to provide students with in-classroom instruction followed by a unique experience where they have the opportunity to visit a local company to meet and interact with professionals in a workplace environment.

Want to become a host company? Visit chamberphl.com/futureready/host-registration-form for more information.

Youth Workforce Development

For over a decade, the Chamber has been a supporter of the work of the Philadelphia Youth Network, managing partner of the WorkReady campaign. This cross-sector, citywide initiative is dedicated to improving the economic outcomes of the region’s youth by attracting, aligning, and investing resources in coordinated, youth-workforce development programs.


In addition to these initiatives, the Chamber believes that we need a strong public education system that is adequately funded and professionally managed and governed.  For more information, you can read our full statement on our expectations of our future Philadelphia workforce and our reaction to Mayor Kenney’s announcement on the future of education: chmbr.biz/phlworkforce-statement

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