Dear Friends,

This month, PowerCorpsPHL is excited to share stories of success,
civic engagement,
and continual education. Alumni have paved the way of full-time employment pathways with both private and public employers for their colleagues . Members and alumni are civically engaged with their community and invested in their networks. Members and staff alike at PowerCorpsPHL are dedicated to their continual growth by seeking out additional training and education. PowerCorpsPHL is proud of its constant progress and advancement, and we are glad to have you in our corner.

Alumni Hired by Philadelphia Water
In new, full-time, civil-service positions

Three alumni, Dimitri Forte, Darren Brown, and Aaron Kirkland spent the past year as Apprentices with Philadelphia Water's Office of Watersheds preforming Green Stormwater Infrastructure maintenance.
After earning top scores on their civil service exam, these three young men were the first PowerCorpsPHL alumni to complete the pathway and be hired on in full-time, City positions.
Daniel Lawson, Project Manager with PowerCorpsPHL, wrote about his experience with one of these young men. Read it here.
Dimitri, Darren, and Aaron with their supervisor Alex Warwood
Team Building Activities
AmeriCorps Launch 2016
A celebration of national service

On October 21st, National Service programs from across the Delaware Valley region gathered at City Hall to celebrate the annual AmeriCorps Launch. Cohort 7 members of PowerCorpsPHL joined the group of 500 AmeriCorps members to share why they serve and network. Following the celebration, AmeriCorps members completed service projects across the city.
OSHA 30 Certified
Alumni earn competitive advantage

Nine PowerCorpsPHL Assistant Crew Leaders, alumni, and staff participated in the week-long training course and successfully earned their OSHA 30 Construction Certification! This certification puts alumni in a position to compete for higher wages or fill a supervisory role. These individuals had previously earned their OSHA 10 and plan to work in the construction or landscaping field.
OSHA 30 class with their certificates
Cohort 4 Alum Aaron Kirkland
Young Leaders Retreat
PowerCorpsPHL alum reflects on his experience

In addition to alum  Aaron Kirkland's work with Philadelphia Water, he is active in  engaging and empowering black men .   Aaron has attended and presented at numerous conferences across the country. Most recently, he attended the  Cities United  Young Leaders Retreat in Seattle, WA.
"I use my story and my life to provide credible insight on how we are fighting this war against violence in our communities." Continue reading about Aaron's experience here.
Civic Engagement Summit

Cohort 7 Lead Corps Members held an interactive workshop on Keys to Success at the OYU Summit. With each Key to Success, a Lead Corps Member shared their personal experience of how they achieved that Key and then ran an engaging activity to demonstrate each Key to Success.
The Summit was a wonderful opportunity to meet other young, engaged citizens of Philadelphia.
Cohort 6 Alum Takerra Burnett
Alumni Highlight
Cohort 6 alum Takerra Burnett

Takerra Burnett successfully completed Cohort 6 of PowerCorpsPHL, serving on the Green Ambassadors crew. She displayed resiliency and an unmatched determination to succeed not only during her term of service, but beyond the 6 months' term of service as well. Immediately following her successful completion of PowerCorpsPHL, Takerra applied, interviewed and was accepted into the  West Philadelphia Skills Initiative . After completing the rigorous program, Takerra accepted a  full time position  with  BrightView  in their  Landscaping Department .

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
to learn more about our employer services.
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