Promise Corps 2019 Orientation Recap

Currently going into the fourth week of school it’s hard to believe we completed nearly 60 hours of training before we got to this point!

Promise Corps pre-service orientation kicks off the week before school staff begin returning to their school sites and leads Promise Corps Coaches directly into the start of the school year hopefully armed with information, knowledge and resources to kick start an incredible year of post-secondary coaching!

Included in orientation members learn the history of AmeriCorps and National Service, the Philadelphia School District and national education reform. Members complete practical training’s including mandated reporting and other procedural important topics. This year content focused on Adverse Childhood Experiences, otherwise known as ACE’S. Members were provided an overview on this important research and given strategies to work with students that include a high percentage of ACE’s. As referenced by the Philadelphia ACE Research Committee, in Philadelphia, where roughly a quarter of residents live in poverty, researchers found that almost seven in ten adults had experienced one ACE and two in five had experienced four or more. Examples of ACE’s include witnessing violence, experiencing divorce and living in foster care among other experiences. By working through possible scenarios and learning about local and national resources, members were provided with a variety of ways to support students that may need the additional assistance.

Orientation included nearly a full day for members to practice facilitating post-secondary workshops for students. The best part was pretending to be an audience of high school students! Members were able to ask questions, react and engage with each other while playing the role of coach and student. While members were able to become familiar with their workshop content, they learned even more about behavior management and critical thinking!

We’re looking forward to being back together for our first Promise Corps Professional Development day later this month!


Welcome Tameka!

Promise Corps leadership would like to welcome our newest teammate! Welcome Tameka Williams!


You can call me Meka if you’d like. I am from Philadelphia and recently moved back after living in Montgomery County last year. I graduated from the Community College of Philadelphia with a degree in Psychology. I will be graduating from Penn State this year. While in college I participated in a girls mentoring group in which the students could get support with academics and their personal life from female mentors. I was most recently a research specialist at Temple University and have also been a staff member at PHMC, the Girls Scouts of southeastern Pennsylvania and Kids of Destiny Learning Center. I served as an AmeriCorps member and truly valued my experience, especially serving on a team. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with new members and supporting them during their time in service. I am excited to support as many students and members as possible with Promise Corps. Something interesting about me is I love watching Korean dramas. My hobbies include reading and crafting. My favorite book is “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou.

Tameka will be supervising the teams at West Philly High and Sayre High School! She has already jumped into working with school leaderships, supporting her teams and getting the year started the right way.
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-Marylissa Barbosa, Site Supervisor


Back to School!

It is that time of year again! That is right! BACK TO SCHOOL!


The 2019-2020 school year has officially begun and our amazing coaches have started right along with the students! Our coaches have been waiting along time for this day to come and it has ARRIVED! In the last two weeks our coaches have been preparing for their time with students. They have participated in orientation and learned a few things!

School District History

Mandating Reporting

Setting Boundaries

Mentoring 101

Promise Corps 101 & 102

They are packed full of knowledge to get their service year rolling. They have already been welcomed by the staff at their sites and some have even started planning trips! Today our members welcomed students through the doors at our four schools, West Philly High, School of the Future, Overbrook High and Sayre High School.

This week they will be getting to know students, setting up their classroom space and planning trips for students. Our coaches are going to be great resources and guides for the students they will be working with.

Promise Corps is wishing everyone a great first day back at school and an even better 2019-2020 school year! We are back in it!

-Marylissa Barbosa, Site Supervisor

Summer 2019 Internship!

What are we doing over the summer you ask? Well…… we are hosting students! Why? Keep reading and find out!

On July 15th Promise Corps welcomed 23 students to our main office to begin their internship opportunity! Students were placed in all different work sites from camp counselors to city offices! These young men and women have also been participating in professional development on Fridays with us! They are lead by Lynne who is our new part time staff member! Our youth came in ready to learn and MAKE MONEY! giphy

At the end of each professional development day the students are asked to reflect on the last few hours and share on what they have learned. Here are some amazing answers we got!

To make sure to have good sleep habits   

Don’t quit

Do things that are unexpected at work

Arrive 15 minutes early

Early is on time

Don’t quit your job on the spot

Manage your time well

It’s nice to have a respectful boss

Use your time wisely 

Lynne leading our youth in professional development.


How amazing are those responses?! These young men and women are growing professionally every day and will be taking this knowledge and applying it to school this year! In the last professional developments they have hit topics such as, how to dress in the workplace, how to stay strong in tough times, practicing eye contact and handshakes. 

They have 4 more great weeks of their internship and professional development. They will be hearing from guest speakers, they have a final presentation they will be working on and presenting to a group of adults and many more professional opportunities ahead of them! 

Be on the lookout for these young professionals in your candidate pool very soon! 



Welcome Kia!

Each summer Promise Corps is lucky to have an intern join the team to help with summer planning! The intern is tasked with projects that will help with give us strong start to the next school year. This summer we are pleased to welcome Kia! Read a little about Kia below:

My name is Kia Kapri Nwadiora, you can call me Kia. I from Delaware County, PA and live in Philadelphia. I am currently in school at Temple University working on a degree in Social Work. While in college I support the Queer Student Union, Black Student Union, and the National Social Work Honors Society. My favorite subjects in high school were Math and Sociology. I am passionate about helping youth, for they are the future. After I graduate with my Masters of Social Work I plan to get a job within Philly’s government.  Something interesting about me is that I like to make clothes. My hobbies include; eating, dancing, reading, and thrift shopping!

A quote I live by is: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” -Gandhi

My favorite book I’ve ever read is: Becoming by Michelle Obama


Kia decided to join Promise Corps because she hopes to focus her career with her MSW targeted to education and community development! The Promise Corps Leadership team is excited to welcome and begin the amazing summer work.


-Marylissa Barbosa, Site Supervisor


Saying “Goodbye”

As AmeriCorps members, we know that our term is always short. In either six months or ten months, we all have a limited time to make an impact on others. Now that the year is coming to a close, we’re learning that it can be hard to let others know we won’t be here for much longer.  

Yes saying goodbye is hard, but the time leading up to it is even harder. We go back and forth on what is working and what is not, and the temptation to get out as quickly as possible weighs on us. Those who plan out their goodbyes are able to better manage their stress on accepting reality, and staying accountable to their students and their work. They have had empathetic, honest conversations, learned from feedback, and instead of lashing out, they’ve held their head high and continued to move forward.

For us as College and Career Ambassadors, we are not only saying goodbye to each other, but we are also saying goodbye to our students. As the year has come to an end, we have taken the time to hold “End of the Year Celebrations” at each site. At these celebrations, we provided fun activities, cookouts, and even gifts for our students. But, we also can’t forget the students who we rarely see or those who didn’t make it to the celebration. We are still trying to hold one last session with them so we can touch base, say goodbye and prepare for the summer.

As for the students we won’t get the chance to say our goodbyes to, we can still say thank you to them. For some, it helped us to be persistent in getting things done and letting them know we are available. And it also helped us to know that even youth go through things that can prevent them from doing things that are required of them.

So from all of the Promise Corps CCAs this year, we’d like to say, loudly and proudly: THANK YOU and “Bye Felicia!” -Ice Cube.


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