Fine Dining

A monologue about a fast food worker starts a conversation about jobs. Featuring a conversation with Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President &CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network, man on the street interviews, and worst job experiences from the production team.


Yes, I understand that if you don’t get the USDA recommended dose of greasy burger meat every day you break out in hives, but hives are not really the purview of my department.
— from "Fine Dining" by Owen Fox

Remember your first job?

Was it your worst job?

“I always say I don’t have a worst job, but I do have jobs that did not give me as much energy,” Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend told us in an interview. Chekemma is the President and CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network, a nonprofit that connects young people to meaningful employment and educational opportunities. “When I was in college I folded t-shirts at a local place called Steve and Barry’s. And while folding t-shirts did not give me energy... I learned a lot about myself.”

For current middle school and high school students, summer vacation is just around the corner. All across the city, region, and country, students and teachers alike are counting down the days until the final bell rings, and school lets out.

Once that bell rings, though, many students will walk out of the school and into a job, from one kind of learning to the next. For them, summer vacation means time away from school, but it doesn’t necessarily mean time off.

Summer is a time to get your feet wet in the job pool.

the conversation

Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend is President & CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN).  In 2016, Chekemma was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change. As President and CEO of PYN, she draws on her experience in research, social work, and systems change to lead the creation of coordinated systems that promote academic achievement, economic opportunity and personal success. Before her appointment as President and CEO, Chekemma served in various capacities throughout the organization. Most recently, as PYN's Vice President of Program Services, she led a team accountable for program design, implementation, evaluation, compliance, and continuous improvement. Prior to her work at PYN, Chekemma, served at the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation as the Senior Director of the Emerging Workforce, fusing data-driven decision-making with solid project management to implement and improve adult and youth workforce programs. As a leader, Chekemma seeks to inspire passion, commitment and collaboration. She believes that improving lives requires hard work, courageous partners and time for laughter. She lives in the Greater Philadelphia area, and is a proud wife and mother of two daughters. Chekemma holds her B.A. in Psychology and Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend is President & CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN). 

In 2016, Chekemma was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change. As President and CEO of PYN, she draws on her experience in research, social work, and systems change to lead the creation of coordinated systems that promote academic achievement, economic opportunity and personal success.

Before her appointment as President and CEO, Chekemma served in various capacities throughout the organization. Most recently, as PYN's Vice President of Program Services, she led a team accountable for program design, implementation, evaluation, compliance, and continuous improvement. Prior to her work at PYN, Chekemma, served at the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation as the Senior Director of the Emerging Workforce, fusing data-driven decision-making with solid project management to implement and improve adult and youth workforce programs.

As a leader, Chekemma seeks to inspire passion, commitment and collaboration. She believes that improving lives requires hard work, courageous partners and time for laughter. She lives in the Greater Philadelphia area, and is a proud wife and mother of two daughters.

Chekemma holds her B.A. in Psychology and Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

connections

The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is an intermediary organization that works with cross-sector partners to expand access to services for underserved young people ages 12-24. Founded in 1999, PYN was among the first organizations in the country to systematically increase connections between formal education and employment preparation. Using a collective impact approach, PYN unites leaders and resources to create new solutions to complex, large-scale social problems. Since 1999, PYN has secured more than $500 million from public and private sources, managed more than 200 contracts with community-based organizations to create a coordinated youth service system, and created high-quality opportunities for more than 160,000 young people.

The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is an intermediary organization that works with cross-sector partners to expand access to services for underserved young people ages 12-24.

Founded in 1999, PYN has secured more than $500 million from public and private sources to create high-quality opportunities for more than 160,000 young people with more than 200 community-based organizations.


"Fine Dining" was performed by Tiffany Bacon