Philadelphia Academies, Inc. designs and implements industry informed, career-connected learning strategies for schools that position young people for success in post-secondary education and the workforce. Philadelphia Academies, Inc. (PAI) was founded in 1969 to address the dropout crisis plaguing Philadelphia schools. The initial thrust of PAI's work was on implementation and management of Career Academies, a specific model of career-connected learning created by PAI's founders that has since been put into action in over 8,000 schools nationally. While still providing technical assistance in implementing the Academy Model, PAI has now created a more diverse portfolio of career-connected services offered outside the Academy framework that provide varying levels of engagement and structure: Work-Based Learning, Career Pathways and Pre-Apprenticeship Programs. PAI envisions a world where all young people have the skills, resources and networks to reach their full potential.
1401 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102