FIELD NOTES
SUMMER 2016

PowerCorpsPHL is proud to announce the selection of our new Executive Director , Lisa Varon . Lisa comes to PowerCorpsPHL at an exciting time as we celebrate renewed funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service to grow our programming over the next three years. She brings the perfect mix of expertise in program planning and evaluation, project management, and workforce development. We welcome her with tremendous enthusiasm and look forward to great things ahead.

Dear PowerCorps Members & Stakeholders,

It is a real privilege to be joining this incredible team as the new Executive Director for PowerCorpsPHL. I am continually impressed by everything I am learning from staff, corps members, alumni and our many partners, and am inspired by the program's incredibly strong foundation.
 
I come from a professional background of non-profit management, juvenile justice, adult education and workforce services, which makes the opportunity to lead this team a real culmination of my professional interests and passions. As such, I intend to build on the program's partnerships with an eye towards further strengthening career pathways for our corps members and alumni.  I am thrilled to be here now, and to start digging in - literally, out at sites!  ...and figuratively in EducationWorks' new home at 990 Spring Garden Street.
 
I welcome all new ideas and feedback from PowerCorpsPHL's many partners and champions.  I look forward to hearing from and working with you as we continue on this important work together!

With gratitude,

Lisa Varon
Executive Director of PowerCorpsPHL

2016 AmeriCorps Grant
PowerCorpsPHL wins three year grant

PowerCorpsPHL was recently awarded a Competitive AmeriCorps Grant of $1,060,064 from the Corporation for National and Community Service, via PennSERVE: the Governor's Office of Citizen Service. This grant, renewable for up to three years, will allow us to expand to 160 AmeriCorps members serving annually. It also provides $462,000 in Segal Education Awards each year that support our alumni in pursing post-secondary education.
PowerCorps Camden Cohort 1 Graduation
And Cohort 2 Induction

PowerCorpsPHL would like to wish our heartiest congratulations to PowerCorps Camden's inaugural AmeriCorps members for successfully completing their term of service. Special shout out to PowerCorpsPHL alumni Jaleel Williford for being an exceptional Assistant Crew Leader!
During the graduation ceremony, PowerCorps Camden's 2nd cohort was inducted into AmeriCorps. We look forward to celebrating their successes in the months head and wish all the very best to PowerCorpsPHL alumni Jahtieh Postell in his new role as crew leader.
Alumni Highlights
Congratulations on their next steps!

This month, we caught up with Christopher Gay from Cohorts 2 and 3, Pedro Soto from Cohorts 4 and 5, and Dom from Cohort 5.
Christopher is a Philadelphia Water employee at Baxter Water Treatment Plant. Pedro is an AmeriCorps Fellow with Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership serving as a Trail Ambassador in Tacony Creek Park. Dom works at Manna's distribution center packing meals.
Chris in his Philadelphia Water uniform
PowerCorpsPHL members and staff at Great Outdoors Day of Service
The Corps Network  3rd Annual Great Outdoors Day of Service
In Washington, D.C. on June 17

The Corps Network hosted over fifteen Corps from across the nation for their 3rd Annual Great Outdoors Day of Service in the nation's capital. Five PowerCorpsPHL members and two staff traveled south to participate in the service project and The Corps Network's press conference. Check out all the pictures from the event here!
PowerCorpsPHL Members Present at Conferences
In Philadelphia and across the country

Alumni Jaleel Williford presented along with Julia Hillengas at the Better Bike Share Conference in Philadelphia, PA.  They spoke on the  Prioritizing Diversity and Inclusion panel.
Assistant Crew Leader Jaquille Ingram spoke at  the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention conference in Baltimore, MD along with Julia Hillengas.  They sat on the  Training and Employing the Hard to Employ panel.
Alumni Aaron Kirkland shared his story at the Youth of Color forum at CLASP's Realizing Youth Justice conference in Washington, D.C.
Jaquille Ingram with YouthBulid Founder Dorothy Stoneman in Baltimore, MD
IN OTHER NEWS...
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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