News for Immediate Release
Nov. 18, 2013
Governor Corbett Praises PowerCorpsPHL Initiative Benefiting Philadelphia Youth
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today praised PowerCorpsPHL, an innovative new AmeriCorps program, launched today by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, designed to achieve the City of Philadelphia’s goal of becoming America’s greenest city while helping youth with a troubled past find success in community service.
Pennsylvania was one of only nine states to receive a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that houses AmeriCorps, to fund PowerCorpsPHL jointly with the city of Philadelphia.
“The participation of our youth in PowerCorpsPHL is vital to not only preserving and protecting our environment, but also developing the state’s workforce and the success of tomorrow’s leaders,” said Corbett. “The commonwealth is proud to support this innovative program with the City of Philadelphia, its leaders, and AmeriCorps.”
PowerCorpsPHL is partnering with Education Works and the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) to annually enroll 100 formerly adjudicated individuals, ages 18-26, in AmeriCorps. These individuals will be recruited through community service organizations.
Over the course of nine months, program participants will complete six months of full-time service as AmeriCorps members with either Philadelphia Parks and Recreation or the Philadelphia Water Department. Following their terms of service, they receive three months of intensive post-service placement support.
“I am especially proud to support PowerCorpsPHL’s efforts to work with youth who have chosen a path away from violence and toward gaining valuable skills and giving back to their communities,” said Corbett.
Media contact: Kelli Roberts, 717-783-1116