PowerCorpsPHL, launched in September 2013, is an AmeriCorps program designed to support the City of Philadelphia’s environmental stewardship initiatives, youth violence prevention and workforce development priorities. Partnering with EducationWorks and the Philadelphia Youth Network, PowerCorpsPHL will annually enroll 100 individuals, ages 18-26, in a 9-month program: 6 months of full-time service as AmeriCorps members with City departments followed by 3 months of intensive job placement support.
Over the next three years, PowerCorpsPHL will plant 3,000 trees, revitalize 3,000 acres of public land, educate 18,000 residents in watershed preservation, and connect 300 young adults to meaningful employment, post-secondary enrollment, or continued national service.
Governor & Mayor Initiative
In 2013, the Corporation for National & Community Service piloted the Governor and Mayor Initiative aimed to fund a pressing challenge the Governor, in conjunction with a Mayor from that state, wishes to solve. Pennsylvania, under Governor Tom Corbett, in partnership with Mayor Michael A. Nutter in Philadelphia was one of only nine states awarded the Governor and Mayor Initiative to start PowerCorpsPHL.