Launched in September 2013, PowerCorpsPHL is a City of Philadelphia AmeriCorps initiative, operated in partnership with EducationWorks, which engages Opportunity Youth in transforming their lives through service.
PowerCorpsPHL members serve full-time for 6 months with City departments to tackle pressing environmental challenges, including the need for improved stormwater management, increased tree coverage, and revitalized public land. Through a rigorous combination of service and training, corps members develop and practice essential 21st Century workforce skills, including time management, conflict resolution, accountability, teamwork, leadership and network building.
As PowerCorpsPHL alumni, individuals receive the customized support they need to identify and effectively pursue their education and career goals.
PowerCorpsPHL members serve on crews at sites across Philadelphia, including parks, recreation centers, green stormwater infrastructures (GSIs), school yards, and business corridors. All service projects are planned and implemented in close partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Philadelphia Water. Between September 2013 and August 2015, PowerCorpsPHL members diverted 80 tons of debris from parks and green water infrastructures, 50% of which they recycled. They planted more than 3,000 trees and revitalized over 2,400 acres of public land by building trails, restoring creek beds, constructing berms and rain gardens, elevating trees for safety, clearing inlets, restoring public benches within parks, and removing invasive plants and debris to allow healthy, native plants to thrive.
Each year, PowerCorpsPHL aims to:
- Revitalize 1,300 acres of public land
- Divert 40 tons of waste from parks and waterways (recycling 50%)
- Plant 1,000 trees
Beyond our environmental goals, through PowerCorpsPHL we are cultivating a generation of young adults who are committed to serving as role models and change agents. Through their daily service, PowerCorpsPHL members are inspiring community residents to invest in the health, safety and ongoing beautification of their neighborhood.