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Meet the Fellows: Roderick Cook

Ever wonder what it's like to be a member of Philly Fellows? In the 'Meet Our Fellows' series, we'll introduce you to our current fellows, their projects, and how they are benefiting from the Philly Fellows program. This post features Roderick Cook, who is serving as the Project Coordinator of the Homeless Education Advocacy Program at The Education Law Center. Name: Roderick Cook Hometown: Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania University: University of Pennsylvania Major: Gender Sexuality and Women's Studies How did you decide to become a Philly Fellow? I heard about Philly Fellows when they came to Penn to host an interest meeting for graduating seniors. The program sounded wonderful, and I [...]

By | October 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fellows learn about politics and get advice from the Committee of 70’s David Thornburgh

Every month the Philly Fellows get dinner and a conversation with a civic leader or expert in their field working to improve lives in Philadelphia. This month's speaker was David Thornburgh, President and CEO of the Committee of 70, a nonprofit that advocates for better government. David talked about his involvement in politics, academia and nonprofits like the Committee of 70 and got to answer fellows' questions about graduate school, staying in Philadelphia, his accomplishments and future plans for improving government, civic engagement and knowing when to push ahead or quit. His advice? Don't limit yourself, be sure to vote, acknowledge the [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Events & Projects|0 Comments

Meet Our Fellows: Catherine Gamble

Ever wonder what it's like to be a member of Philly Fellows? In the 'Meet Our Fellows' series, we'll introduce you to our current fellows, their projects, and how they are benefiting from the Philly Fellows program. This post features Catherine Gamble, who is serving as the Community Development Fellow at Project HOME .   Name: Catherine Gamble Hometown: Howell, NJ University: University of Delaware Major: Organizational and Community Leadership How did you decide to become a Philly Fellow? I heard about the Philly Fellows opportunity through a recruitment email. I was interning in the banking industry at the time, but felt like I could be doing more to [...]

By | September 27th, 2016|Meet Our Fellows|0 Comments

Host Agencies Wanted!

Philly Fellows is seeking new host agencies for the 2017-2018 fellowships. Interested non-profits must submit an LOI outlining their potential projects to Philly Fellows staff by Friday, October 21st. Fellows serve in full-time capacity-building positions in dynamic Philadelphia non-profits.  By hosting a fellow, our partner agencies are able to launch new programs and initiatives that enable them to do more to carry out their missions.  In addition to strengthening our host agencies and the communities they serve, the program helps to cultivate the next generation of civic leaders. Fellows are selected from a highly competitive pool of graduating college seniors, [...]

By | September 14th, 2016|Announcements & Staff Updates|0 Comments

Philly Fellows Staff News

So long, Shannon! Welcome, Chris! I am sad to say that Shannon Macika's term as our Program Specialist is coming to an end.  She's been doing great work for us this past year, and she'll certainly be missed.  In about a month, she'll be off to Richmond to begin a two-year public health fellowship through the CDC. Luckily, we're welcoming Chris Capron on board as of today.  He'll be filling the role for the next year, and we're very excited to have him aboard.  Chris just wrapped up a year with Philly Fellows at Public Citizens [...]

By | August 25th, 2016|Announcements & Staff Updates|0 Comments

Meet Our Fellows: Olivia Ortiz

Ever wonder what it's like to be a member of Philly Fellows? In the 'Meet Our Fellows' series, we'll introduce you to our current fellows, their projects, and how they are benefiting from the Philly Fellows program. This post features Olivia Ortiz, who is serving as the Community Outreach Coordinator at the Philadelphia Parks Alliance. Name: Olivia Ortiz Hometown: Canton, Georgia University: Swarthmore College Major: Mathematics (minor in Environmental Studies) How did you decide to become a Philly Fellow? I had initially applied to the program because I didn't quite know what I wanted to be doing after graduation, so staying nearby and doing something vaguely environmental or food [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|Meet Our Fellows|0 Comments

Back & better than ever: welcome to the newest Philly Fellows!

The 2016-2017 Philly Fellows Although it's been awhile since we've had a new blog post, this summer has been busy with activity at Philly Fellows! After saying goodbye to our 2015-2016 fellows, we welcomed our newest cohort for move-in to the Philly Fellows houses on July 17. With the new fellows' move-in date falling on the same day as move-out for our previous fellows, there was a lot happening at once. However, everyone arrived ready to adapt and "get things done" (in traditional AmeriCorps style!), so this new cohort got off to a great start. After attending AmeriCorps VISTA Pre-Service Orientation [...]

By | August 15th, 2016|Announcements & Staff Updates, Meet Our Fellows|0 Comments

Another successful ‘Give Kids A Smile Day’ for PCCY

We love to highlight the work that our Philly Fellows are doing for their host agencies. While no two days are alike, the "Day in the Life" blog post series aims to highlight the types of projects and events that our members work on. This post was written by Chris Capron, who is currently serving as the Child Health Outreach Specialist at Public Citizens for Children and Youth. From March 22-25, 2016, PCCY coordinated its 13th year of Give Kids A Smile Day. The first Give Kids A Smile Day was held in 2002 in St. Louis, MO, and soon the American Dental Association worked to [...]

By | May 6th, 2016|Day in the Life|0 Comments

Philly Fellows alum wins one of Mayor’s national service awards

  Thanks to AmeriCorps, Senior Corps & returning Peace Corps members for your service! #MayorsDayPHL #Mayors4Service pic.twitter.com/O8fuARrdph — Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) April 5, 2016     This past Tuesday, April 5, 2016, communities across the country celebrated the fourth-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service, a day dedicated to showing appreciation for the hard work put in by national service volunteers, past and present. The City of Philadelphia has consistently been a leader in promoting national service, celebrating this day of recognition since it was first undertaken in 2013 during Mayor Nutter's administration. Current Philadelphia Mayor Kenney continued the tradition last week for his first event, [...]

Philly Fellows VISTA Leader reflects on her national service experience

As we approach the 4th Annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service, our VISTA Leader Shannon Macika was coincidentally interviewed for the SERVE Philadelphia VISTAs blog to reflect on her experience as a second year national service member. Prior to arriving at Philly Fellows, Shannon served from June 2014- June 2015 as the Child Hunger Outreach Coordinator for the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. In that role, she was a member of both the SERVE Philadelphia VISTA Corps and the national Anti-Hunger & Opportunity Corps. Here are a few of the thoughts she shared on her experiences as an AmeriCorps VISTA [...]