Our Mission

Temple University’s Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative (LNPWI) seeks to strengthen the earning potential of local communities by providing job training and career readiness programs that result in outcomes that lead to sustainable employment.

Through the support of a grant from the Lenfest Foundation, LNPWI focuses on creating career and workforce development in the North Philadelphia community, and provides opportunities for both youth and adult employment.

By collaborating with Temple University, local employers, and North Philadelphia residents, Temple’s LNPWI is a community-informed initiative providing resources and information to residents targeted in the 8 ZIP codes immediately surrounding Temple’s Main Campus and Health Sciences Center. The ZIP codes are: 19121, 19122, 19123, 19125, 19130, 19131, 19132 and 19140.

Highlights on New Partnerships

Temple LNPWI leverages its relationships and resources beyond funding from the Lenfest Foundation.  We encourage organizations to reach out to LNPWI staff to explore partnership opportunities.  The following are some of the new initiatives that have been created and services that have been expanded, since the start of the LNPWI.

  • Workforce Hub at PASCEP – Free workshops and computer lab use for the public
  • Helms Academy — Opportunity for individuals without a high school diploma to earn 30 college credits
  • Digital Literacy — Exposure to understand the use of phones, tablets and computers for educational and career/workforce purposes
  • Looking Forward — Collaborative effort with JEVS to support returning citizens
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