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Meet the Fellows: Ashley Bell

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 Ashley Bell, who is serving as the Partnership Liaison at the Mentoring Partnership & Resource Center (MPRC) in conjunction with Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region.  Name: Ashley Bell Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania University: Villanova University Major: Criminology with a Minor in Peace & Justice, Sociology Ashley's post is especially exciting as it is our first video blog post and we very proud of her for this terrific, honest and original content [...]

By | March 8th, 2017|Meet Our Fellows|0 Comments

Meet the Fellows: Justis Wright

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 Justis Wright, who is serving as the GED Acceleration Project Associate at JEVS Human Services. Name: Justis Wright Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania University: Franklin and Marshall College Major: Government & Spanish with a minor in Sociology How did you decide to become a Philly Fellow? My decision to become a Philly Fellow was based on several different reasons. After finishing undergrad, I knew I wanted to continue my involvement in [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|Meet Our Fellows|0 Comments

Meet the Fellows: Renee King

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 Renee King, who is serving as the Outreach and Empowerment Coordinator at Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Name: Renee King Hometown: Elmont, New York University: Haverford College Major: Chemistry minoring in Health Studies How did you decide to become a Philly Fellow? I’ve had a crush on Philadelphia since I started college but I never took the time to venture out and away from campus to introduce myself. I saw [...]

By | January 18th, 2017|Meet Our Fellows|0 Comments

Meet the Fellows: Amanda Hallock

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 Amanda Hallock, who is serving as the Building Wealth and Health Network Project Assistant at the Center for Hunger Free Communities. Name: Amanda Hallock Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland University: University of Pennsylvania Major: Philosophy and Political Science How did you decide to become a Philly Fellow? I actually heard about Philly Fellows at a Penn info session. I realized senior year that I really wanted to stay in Philadelphia. I've really [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Meet Our Fellows|0 Comments

Meet the Fellows: Ana Kearney

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 Ana Kearney, who is serving as the Schoolyear Program Manager at Springboard Collaborative.  Name: Ana Kearney Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania University: Temple University Major: Psychology and Spanish How did you decide to become a Philly Fellow? I decided to become a Philly Fellow because I wanted to gain some experience in the professional world before applying to graduate school. This choice also gave me some more time to think about what I [...]

By | November 30th, 2016|Meet Our Fellows|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

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

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 [...]

Giving Thanks

We are grateful year-round for our wonderful fellows, their host agencies, and all of the partners who enable our program to be successful, but Thanksgiving is a special time of year to show gratitude. We asked our Philly Fellows what they're thankful for at this time of year, with their responses varying from the simple things they enjoy about life in Philadelphia to reflections based on their service experiences. Here's what they have to say:   "I'm thankful for my family and friends. I'm thankful to be able to do interesting and meaningful work at a non-profit my first year out of [...]

By | November 25th, 2015|Announcements & Staff Updates, Meet Our Fellows|0 Comments