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Zoraida Cordero
Promise Corps Manager

Zoraida is a 28-year-old Latina woman originally from Queens, NY. Zoraida has also, served in the Army Reserves for over 9yrs. She values what it did for her as woman, and how it shaped her as a leader. It provided her with an opportunity to embrace who she was, and how to pursue her passion in her civilian life. She graduated from Muhlenberg College with a bachelor’s in psychology and will soon be achieving her Masters’ Program in Social Work through Temple.

Zoraida continues to use her voice as a platform to advocate for underrepresented communities who feel limited by racial inequalities, housing, food, financial and educational insecurities. She has a so much passion for the youth, as she understands they are tomorrows future. Zoraida wants to continue to empower urban youth and their communities. She knows that with the right supports and foundations in place, positive outcome are possible!

 In order for her to give her best, Zoraida makes sure to never pour from an empty cup. She recharges with running, working out, and going on long walks with her family; which includes her fiancée, and two German shepherds

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                                                                                                                        Sabria Fountain                                                                                                                           Promise Corps Site Supervisor 

I am originally from Milford, DE, a small town that is often underestimated but has a lot of hidden gems! I left home to go on to attend college at Elizabethtown College located in Lancaster County, PA. After graduating I wasn’t sure about what my next steps would be. But, as a first-gen grad I knew I had to make a plan and make it fast as there was a lot depending on it. I knew I wasn’t mentally prepared to begin grad school yet, so I looked into service year programs. Through my research I found AmeriCorps where I served as an Education Fellow providing academic support to middle school age students in Bridgeport, Connecticut. This decision jump started my interest in working with nonprofit organizations specifically within the realm of educational programming to the ones who need it most.

So how did I get to Philly? In 2019, I moved here at the conclusion of my service year and began working with a nonprofit social services agency as an Out-of-School-Time Program Site Coordinator. While there I facilitated all school year and summer programming for both locations in the Northeast and West Philadelphia regions.

I am looking forward to diving in and getting to work here at CEO as Promise Corps Site Supervisor and hopefully getting to see our youth we service in person. And I am beyond excited to see what this new year has in store for myself and my team!

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Kaila Barnes-Shannon

Career Pathways Student Coordinator

Kaila Barnes-Shannon was born and raised in a small town in Westchester County, NY. She came to Philadelphia to attend Temple University to obtain her undergraduate degree. Kaila graduated from Temple with a degree in Biological Anthropology.

Following graduation, Kaila worked in contracting management at an alternative high school, supporting the enrollment process for new students and frequently reviewing student files for compliance. Most recently, Kaila worked with PA CareerLink as a Workforce Advisor, assisting adults with career planning through one-on-one counseling and job planning activities.

Kaila currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband.