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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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Kene Akinbule                                                                                                                         

Promise Corps Site Supervisor 

Kene Akinbule is a Philadelphia based program director and development specialist who focuses on youth programs that engage young people in the development of skills and abilities that build their core competencies. He is passionate about technology and increasing STEAM career opportunities for underrepresented groups in science, creating partnerships with community youth-serving technology agencies, businesses and civic organizations. He has been a key figure in the installation of programs that address gaps in the city’s K-12 education structure and coordinated city technology access centers during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in 2020, allowing school to continue for many North Philadelphia families. When he is not building communities he enjoys pickup basketball, kickball, city walks, grilling, biking, basically anything that involves being outside.

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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.