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
Promise Corps Site Supervisor
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.
Promise Corps Site Supervisor
Marylissa is originally from Central Falls, Rhode Island. She attended La Salle University and majored in Political Science. In her time at La Salle she interned with Girls Inc. and the Defenders Association of Philadelphia. Following graduation she served one AmeriCorps year with City Year Philadelphia. Her time with AmeriCorps was far from over. Last year she served as a CCA with Promise Corps at School of the Future. Following Promise Corps she became a new mother to a beautiful baby girl. She is excited to be back to partner with schools and corps members in helping students plan their post-secondary goals. Her heart and new family is here in Philly. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her daughter, husband and extended family.
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.