FIELD NOTES
MARCH 2016

Friends,

As Cohort 5 drew to a close PowerCorpsPHL members and staff reflected on the past and set their sights on the future.  And what a bright future!  Just a couple weeks later, a large majority of members have successfully transitioned to employment, national service, and post-secondary education.  This month, the PowerCorpsPHL family welcomed three brand new staff members in addition to two PowerCorpsPHL alumni becoming staff!  Continue reading for AmeriCorps Week updates and service project and alumni highlights.

Final Day of Cohort 5
Not goodbye, just see you later!

The PowerCorpsPHL family came together on March 4th to celebrate the final day of Cohort 5.   Members, staff, and alumni joined in group activities, a basketball tournament, and all-corps reflections.  It was a great way to end a cohort!
Two weeks after completing Cohort 5, 86% of members have successfully transitioned to their next step!
Tournament Champions: The All Stars
AmeriCorps Week 2016
March 5th through 12th

Each year, AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alumni for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve.  
AmeriCorps  nationally  highlighted   PowerCorpsPHL  and  its service partner Philadelphia Water as an employer of national service .
PowerCorpsPHL members and alumni attended the many networking and professional development events throughout the week.
A Corps Member Driven Project
Engaging the community and getting things done.

Assistant Crew Leader Antonio McKenzie, along with his crew Water Inc., organized a weekend service project in his neighborhood. PowerCorpsPHL members, alumni, staff, and community members were invited to participate. The group met twice to clean three vacant lots, held a cook-out, a raffle, and a basketball tournament. This project brought the community together and showed the impact of PowerCorpsPHL's work.
PowerCorpsPHL members, alumni, and community members
Alumni Highlights
Congratulations to our alumni and their next steps!

This month, PowerCorpsPHL caught up with Darren Brown, Nicole Bullock, Curan Cottman, Latisha, Bicell Walker, and Jaleel Williford.  

Darren is a GSI  apprentice  with Philadelphia Water. Nicole is Career Services Intern with PowerCorpsPHL. Curan is Customer Service Representative with Bicycle Transit Systems. Latisha is Specialist with PHS Philadelphia LandCare. Bicell is GSI Technician with AKRF. Jaleel is Acting Crew Leader with PowerCorps Camden.
Introducing: New Crew Leaders!
Two PowerCorpsPHL Alumni are now staff!

Congratulations to alumni Kalef Jones and Toriano Goldman! 
Kalef Jones is a PowerCorpsPHL alumni of Cohorts 3, 4, and 5. He moved up the ladder as Assistant Crew Leader in Cohort 4 and Associate Crew Leader in Cohort 5. A keynote speaker at the My Brother's Keeper Philadelphia Summit in December, Kalef brings his skills in public speaking, mediation, and reflection to each facet of the job.
Toriano Goldman is a PowerCorpsPHL alumni of Cohorts 4 and 5. He was Assistant Crew Leader in Cohort 5. In addition to Toriano's commitment to national service, he is also continuing his education. Toriano is currently enrolled at Community College of Philadelphia. Toriano brings his skills in mentoring, reconciliation, and motivation to the job of Crew Leader.
Kalef Jones, Toriano Goldman
Troy, Stacey, and Aja
Introducing: New Staff Members!
There are three new additions to the team.

Aja Hunter , Assistant Director of Programming,
will lead the Crew Leaders in the daily implementation of the PowerCorps model with corps members. Aja is a Philly native with extensive experience in non-profit workforce development and engagement with Philly's Opportunity Youth.
Troy Kyles, Career Services Manager, will  work with corps members and alumni to envision their future and work towards achieving their short- and long-term career goals. Troy has a background in counseling and experience with trauma-informed care.
Stacey Moran, Supportive Services Manager, will  build out our system of support and referral partnerships to address the needs of the young people we serve. Stacey brings both social work and environmental justice experience to the team.

PowerCorpsPHL is hiring! We are currently looking for an Executive Director and Assistant Director of Data & Compliance.  
IN OTHER NEWS...
  • From Cohort 1 (September 2013) through Cohort 5 (March 2016) PowerCorpsPHL has:
    • Revitalized  2,938 acres  of public land 
    • Planted 3,792 trees
    • Removed 164 tons of debris
      • 63% of which was diverted from the landfill 
         
  • PowerCorpsPHL Fellows have begun their new positions and are serving with ten different community organizations. Pedro and Jenicia at TTF Watershed are already making waves.
     
  • PowerCorpsPHL alumni Aaron Kirkland spoke at the Moth Community Showcase  Reinvention: Stories of Philadelphia  on March 14, 2016.
     
  • Join us for   Cohort 5's Graduation on April 12thRSVP by April 8th.
About PowerCorpsPHL
PowerCorpsPHL is a City of Philadelphia AmeriCorps initiative, administered in partnership with EducationWorks, that engages disconnected young adults in transforming their lives through service. Launched in September 2013, PowerCorpsPHL  plays a key role in addressing Philadelphia's environmental stewardship, youth violence prevention and workforce development priorities.  Read more.
Hire Our Alumni!
PowerCorpsPHL members complete 900 hours of AmeriCorps service with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Philadelphia Water Department. If you are interested in hiring one of our alumni, contact Margy Wilcox, Assistant Director of Professional Development, at  mwilcox@educationworks.org
to learn more about our employer services.
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