Blueprint for Success


 “Blueprint for Success” is an innovative and successful workforce development program operated by CEF that seeks to transform the lives of out-of-school youth ages 18-24 who live in the city of Chester and/or Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

This program provides out-of-school youth with a structured and supportive environment to pursue their educational and career goals. The overall goal of this program is to provide program participants with an intensive, culturally relevant services that assist them in discovering and pursuing career pathways, education, and training in in-demand fields that will significantly improve their socio-economic trajectory.

The success of our program relies on strategic partnerships with local organizations and companies committed to helping youth succeed: PA Job Corps, PA Career Link; Delaware County Community College; Crozer Keystone Health System; the Department of Human Services; WAWA; Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital; Granite Farms; Davis Vision; Acme; TJX Companies; Manor Care; PHEAA; IRS; American Red Cross; Maris Grove; Youth Valley House; Arbys; Riddle Village; WSFS; Harrah’s Casino and Racetrack; SEPTA; CLARIFI; TD Bank; Power Windows and Remodeling; Entrepreneurs Kristin Motley and Dave Rivell; Chester City Blog; the Delco CTC Network; United Way of SEPA; City of Chester Workforce Development; Elwyn, Inc., and Career Consciousness.



Rising Stars  

Directed by Stephanie Scappa-Hall

College prep program located at STEM Academy for twenty rising 9th graders. Course works included writing, mathematics, PSAT and SAT prep, technology and recreational activities led by Widener University professors and other consultants with the goal of preparing students to become scholar-leaders in their schools who will graduate from high school and continue with post-secondary education.  



Summer School-to-Career Internship

Directed by Elaine Greene-Upton

The School-to-Career summer internship program is funded by the DELCO Office of Workforce Development. Students earned $10.15/hour for working in the summer internship program. Students are exposed to several careers with local employers in the city of Chester and surrounding areas. Eligibility requirements are based on federal guidelines for low income and at least one barrier to academic success which can include previous or current involvement with juvenile court, learning disabilities, teen pregnancy, truancy and low academic achievement. Students who participate in the program are encouraged to continue their involvement with Chester Education Foundation's after-school programs including tutoring, social and cultural enrichment, credit recovery, job and career readiness training.