PowerCorpsPHL Newsletter
August 2014

PowerCorpsPHL Goes to Washington, D.C.
Photo by Catie Wolfgang
(L to R) Assistant Crew Leader Bicell Walker, Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Assistant Crew Leader Wayne Rucker and Crew Leader Mabari Byrd meet up at the My Brother's Keeper Town Hall prior to the president's address.

Last month, Chief Service Officer Catie Wolfgang, Crew Leader Mabari Byrd and Assistant Crew Leaders Bicell Walker and Wayne Rucker were invited to attend a Town Hall in Washington, D.C. where President Obama announced major investments being made to expand national service opportunities under the umbrella of My Brother's Keeper. 


Among the exciting announcements made, President Obama announced new Youth Opportunity Corps funding provided by the Department of Justice and the Corporation For National Community Service. This additional funding was inspired in part by the testimony of our own Bicell Walker to the President's Task Force on Expanding National Service back in February.


Check out Wayne speaking to President Obama at the My Brother's Keeper Town Hall.

Interested in Hiring a Corps Member?


We have talented and enthusiastic corps members who will be finishing their service term on September 5th. They will have completed a rigorous six-month program of full-time service work, including 120 hours of professional development and over 780 hours of service on professional projects with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Philadelphia Water Department. PowerCorpsPHL alumni are ready to work and eager to contribute to our region's workforce. 

If you're interested in hiring a corps member, contact our Carolyn Caton, our Workforce Partnerships Manager, at carolyn.caton@phila.gov to learn more about our employer services.

Photo by Christine Boegemann
Building New Partnerships with United Way and the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO

The Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO recently hosted PowerCorpsPHL for several events. Corps members attended a trades panel presentation, a networking lunch sponsored by United Way, a safety training provided by PhilaPosh, and a tour of the Philadelphia Port Authority. Thank you to our partners and to the trades representatives that came to speak from Plumbers Local 690Insulators and Asbestos Workers Local 14International Union of Operating Engineers Local 542District Council 21 Painters & Allied TradesSteamfitters Local 420Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 1 and the Philadelphia Chapter of Coalition of Labor Union Women

Clark Park's Benches Get an Upgrade with the help of PowerCorpsPHL

Corps members aided in a project to replace benches at Clark Park. Corps members demolished the old benches and assisted with the construction of the replacement benches. Read more about the project here.
Photos by Christine Boegemann
Corps members removed old benches, removed invasive plants and debris, and mulched vegetation in Clark Park. Click here for more pictures of the action.
PhillyRising Central Division Day of Service

On Saturday, July 12th, PowerCorpsPHL once again joined forces with PhillyRising and community partners in service, this time in the 22nd Police District. PowerCorpsPHL, the Philadelphia Fire Department, and neighborhood residents came together to clean streets and lots in Strawberry Mansion. Check out pictures from the day's service efforts here.

Photo provided by PhillyRising
PowerCorpsPHL joined in the block cleanup in Strawberry Mansion.
About PowerCorpsPHL

PowerCorpsPHL is an innovative, new AmeriCorps program designed to address Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Governor Tom Corbett's environmental stewardship initiatives as well as the City of Philadelphia's youth workforce development and violence prevention priorities.

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 We are currently looking to fill Crew Leader and Program Director positions.

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