With the last day of AmeriCorps service for Cohort 5 less than a week away, our members are balancing tremendous pride in their accomplishments and a mix of excitement and apprehension for the future.  We hope you enjoy the snapshot below summarizing their great work over the last six months, and highlighting what they are getting ready to tackle as PowerCorpsPHL alumni. 

Building partnerships and broadening the scope of career pathways.

The Career Services Department has worked hard to expand opportunities for PowerCorpsPHL members interested in signing up for a second term of service.  

In Cohort 6, fifteen PowerCorpsPHL members will be AmeriCorps Fellows at eleven different sites. The fellowships, all with an environmental focus, are in many fields, including: culinary, community outreach, project management, land-care, and urban agriculture.  Congratulations and good luck to all Cohort 6 Fellows!
 Andre Harley, Cohort 5 AmeriCorps Fellow with Philadelphia Water
Julia Hillengas and Aaron Kirkland
Urgency of Now Symposium
Julia Hillengas and Aaron Kirkland traveled to Hampton, VA.

PowerCorpsPHL staff Julia Hillengas and PowerCorpsPHL alumni Aaron Kirkland spoke on the importance of engaging young people in the solutions government crafts about the future at the Urgency of Now symposium.  Cities United organized the symposium held in Hampton, VA.  The event aimed to provide technical assistance and capacity building strategies in changing the narrative for black males from failure to hope.
Alumni Highlights
Shout-out to all our Alumni and congratulations on their next steps!

With PowerCorpsPHL entering its third year we have many alumni to boast about! Check out our new Alumni Highlights on the website.

Pictured right is Cohort 3 and 4 alum Karisma Green.  She is currently a freshman at Indiana University of Pennsylvania studying Computer Science and Japanese.  Karisma reminisced on her time with PowerCorpsPHL and spoke about her transition to student life.

Karisma Green, student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Rec Hunter crew member Bern painting Kingsessing's stage
Service Project Highlight
Cohort 5 finishes strong!

The Rec Hunters began their work at Kingsessing Recreation Center in late December of 2015.  The Rec Hunters needed a new hub and Kingsessing Recreation Center needed a makeover.  They painted the main entrance, the stage, six hallways, the computer room, and an office.  

Assistant Crew Leader Pedro Soto said, "We're about about 80% of the way there.  This summer, the plan is to paint the front of the building.  Many after-school programs and community clubs use the stage."  The Rec Hunter's improvements rejuvenate Kingsessing Recreation Center as a community space.
  • We are nearing the end of Cohort 5! If your organization would like to partner with us and hire our Alumni, please contact our Career Services Manager, Margy Wilcox (
  • Many corps members participated in optional training this month, including:
    • Tree Tenders led by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
    • Green Roof Systems led by Bill Foley from ZinCo USA
    • Stormwater Management Primer led by Mark Bowen from NTM Engineering 
  • Water Inc. organized an Offsite Service Project February 20th, 2016 in Assistant Crew Leader Antonio McKenzie's neighborhood.  They cleaned up 3 vacant lots, held a basketball tournament, and a raffle.  Many community members, PowerCorpsPHL members, staff, and alumni came out to support the project.
  • PowerCorpsPHL and PowerCorps Camden members teamed up to present at PHENND's "Green Cities, Green Communities, Green Campuses" Conference on February 26, 2016.
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.
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