Summer teen work program ends with rewards for 8 charities

"They get to do fun things while they're raising this money."

Hadas Kuznits
August 10, 2018 - 7:59 am
Work Ready participants at the closing ceremony for the 2018 program

Terri Kerwawich

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation held an awards ceremony Thursday for their six-week summer Work Ready program, which ends Friday. 

This year there was an added component to the ceremony: a charity challenge.

Terri Kerwawich, program director of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, said, "It's for kids 14-18, and with Parks and Rec we had about 1,020 kids this year."

She says usually the kids work as day camp counselors. 

"And then their project that they have to do as part of the program, we started it last year. They have to do two fundraising projects for the charity that they've selected," Kerwawich said.

She says kids got creative with their fundraising efforts. 

"They did bake sales, they did car washes. One of the fun ones is they let the campers sign up and buy a whipped cream pie, and they get to throw it in the counselors' face. So they get to do fun things while they're raising this money. Plus it gives them a sense of giving back," she said.

The money raised was presented to eight separate charities at the Work Ready closing ceremony.

"They totally smashed last year's number," Kerwawich said. "Last year, they raised $16,600, and we're like at $23,300 this year!"