We’re excited to welcome a new staff member to the Youth Strategies Unit at the Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity. Jerome Walker joins the team as the Career Pathways Manager and will be leading the units annual career exposure, job readiness and internship opportunities for young people.
Jerome is a North Philadelphia native that brings years of experience in Higher Education from Black and Latino/a student recruitment and programming at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, academic/career advising, program management, and community initiatives at Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina, and partnerships, alumni connections and post-graduate career planning from Temple University College of Liberal Arts. Jerome also has experience with social entrepreneurship and innovation from time spent at City Startup Labs that he notes have helped him rethink career options and success for African American communities.
In his own words, Jerome shared:
“My return back to Philly has deepened my appreciation of our rich culture and an unapologetic passion to combat income inequality. I’m excited to join the CEO family and look forward to developing intentional programming, partnering with companies and organizations that will help our youth gain practical experience. My goal is to arm our youth with many resources, experiences and opportunities with hopes that they recognize their talent and skills to assist in identifying the best career option post high school!”