With each new year comes reflection, resolution, and change.  In this first edition of Field Notes for 2016, we celebrate corps members and alumni accomplishments, anticipate our growth, and take a moment to thank our staff and champions.  

Looking ahead, we are excited by everything 2016 has to offer - most especially the opportunity to grow in partnership with all of you.

Alumni Highlights
Shout-out to all our Alumni and congratulations on their next steps!

With four cohorts of PowerCorpsPHL graduates out there, we have lots to boast about in the alumni department. Don't miss our newly updated Alumni Highlights - and check back often as we are always excited to share the stories of our amazing graduates.

Pictured to the right is Paul Johnson, Cohort 2 member and Cohort 3 Assistant Crew Leader. Upon completing PowerCorpsPHL, Paul secured a career track employment opportunity with AKRF where he applies his Green Stormwater Infrastructure maintenance experience by day, while taking classes at CCP in the evening.
PowerCorpsPHL Alumni Paul Johnson at work for AKRF in Fairmount Park
Kalef Jones speaking at the MBK Summit
My Brother's Keeper Summit
PowerCorpsPHL shared their experiences with local and regional stakeholders.

PowerCorpsPHL Associate Crew Leader, Kalef Jones, was selected to address the My Brother's Keeper Philadelphia Summit on December 18th, held to mark the release of their 2015 Progress Report.  Kalef's words of inspiration and encouragement were met with a standing ovation.  Click HERE to hear his story.
Holiday Basketball Tournament
PowerCorpsPHL crews rang in the New Year with a spirit of friendly competition!

PowerCorpsPHL crews took a break from environmental service to organize a Holiday Basketball Tournament on New Year's Eve. It was an afternoon of "crew" vs. "crew" that yielded a championship game between the Waste Warriors and the Green Ambassadors.  Off the court, there was lots of food, hanging out and a good old fashion potato sack race.  Members also took time to share works of encouragement and appreciation with one another as they headed into 2016 focused on achieving big goals.

You can view more photos of the Tournament here.
Rec Hunters vs. Waste Warriors
Mayor Kenney with PowerCorpsPHL Juan and Kalef at the MLK Day of Service Press Conference
Mayor Nutter at his Celebration for 8yrs of service to the City and honoring SERVE Philly and PowerCorpsPHL
Mayoral Transition
Farewell to our great Champion, Mayor Nutter, and a warm welcome to Mayor Kenney

Mayor Michael A. Nutter will forever be PowerCorpsPHL's founding champion.  We thank him for the unique vision and never-ending support needed to bring PowerCorpsPHL to life, and for the team of leaders across City government that he inspired to help us.  Looking forward, we are thrilled to be embraced by the Kenney administration, and to find a new home in the Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity.
MLK Day of Service 2016
National Day of Service

PowerCorpsPHL celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by contributing to service projects across the city.  Crews joined 5,000 volunteers recruited by Global Citizen at Girard College, 1,200 volunteers recruited by City Year at Bethune Elementary School, and dozens of community volunteers at Kingsessing Recreation Center.  At Girard College, PowerCorpsPHL had the privilege of hearing from from Governor Wolf, Mayor Kenney, Senator Casey, and public service hero Senator Harris Wofford.
MLK Day of Service at Bethune School
  • We are hiring new PowerCorpsPHL staff! Learn more about the positions. The application deadline is February 4th. 
  • There are only 6 weeks left of Cohort 5If your organization is interested in learning how to hire our alumni, please contact our Career Services Manager, Margy Wilcox  (
  • As the year wraps up, we would like to thank Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Philadelphia Water for an outstanding partnership that positively impacts the lives of so many.
  • Over the past year:
    • 78% of PowerCorpsPHL members completed their term of AmeriCorps service
    • 89% of those who completed their service term transitioned to career track employment, post secondary education and/or additional national service.
  • PowerCorpsPHL Service Stats to Date:
    • Revitalized over 3,200 acres of public land 
    • Planted over 3,400 trees
    • Diverted 80 tons of debris from parks and city waterways, 50% of which was recycled
About PowerCorpsPHL
PowerCorpsPHL, launched in September 2013, is an AmeriCorps program designed to support the City of Philadelphia's environmental stewardship initiatives, 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, our Career Services Manager, at to learn more about our employer services.
Founding Partners
Recruitment Partners
Service Partners