When were you in PowerCorpsPHL?
I was in Cohorts 2 and 3 on Mr. Mike’s crew. Cohort 2 we were the A Team. Cohort 3 we were the Spades.
What are you up to now?
I graduated PowerCorpsPHL about a year ago. I’m currently at YouthBuild as a Mentor. I just signed a contract with Hayes Landscaping doing seasonal landscaping work. Margy, from PowerCorpsPHL, passed the opportunity along to me. The work will be similar to PowerCorpsPHL.
I also do Community Outreach for the Bicycle Coalition; well, now Bicycle Transit Systems. Indego Bike Share is transitioning to Bicycle Transit Systems. I’ve been with RideIndego since March 2015. I do outreach at cool events like Made in America, College Fest, bikerides, and I provide people with information about RideIndego.
Also, I’m in my second semester at Community College of Philadelphia (CCP). Right now I’m taking pre-requisites, but I’m focusing on Behavioral Health & Human Services. I want to be a Social Worker. I don’t have time for summer classes (I got to work) but next semester I will take classes focused on my major. After I receive my certificate in Behavioral Health & Human Services from CCP, I plan to transfer to Temple. I will be able to work under a Social Worker with the certificate.
I’m getting back into my music; I play the trumpet. I started in 3rd grade and played throughout high school. I even played with Philly Pops in 8th grade! I play all kinds of music, jazz is my favorite though. I used to have a band, if I had extra time I would do that again.
I broke my finger last year, pretty bad. I had surgery and they put metal plates in my finger. I had to go through physical therapy and wore a cast for a while. My finger can’t fully bend, it will probably never be the same. I can feel when it’s about to rain.
I’m also interested in starting a non-profit. I’ve been talking with Genaya, a Cohort 3 & 4 Alumni, about starting an organization focused on assisting women with more opportunities. Especially the women who join PowerCorpsPHL because there are so few of them and most of the focus goes to the guys.
What motivates you?
Growing up, I’ve always been this motivated. My mother always encouraged me to the best I could be. Even when I got convicted, I didn’t let me hold me back. It motivated me to be the best I can be. I plan to go through the pardon process for my conviction. I want to pave the way for others behind me.
How did your time with PowerCorpsPHL impact you?
It impacted me in a great way. I wasn’t interested in environmental work before PowerCorpsPHL, it broaden my mind to how things work in the environment. Between PowerCorpsPHL and RISE, I stopped feeling sorry for myself. I feel motivated to do better for myself and others.
I’d like to encourage more women to get involved in PowerCorpsPHL. I spoke at a RISE event, afterward so many women came up to me and wanted to get involved. I would like to continue to do things like this.
What do you miss about PowerCorpsPHL? What don’t you miss?
I miss the free transpasses haha. I miss PowerCorpsPHL because if I needed to come talk to someone, the door was always open.
Honestly, I don’t miss anything.
What do you hope to do in the future?
I plan on moving to the West Coast (Las Vegas) after receiving my Bachelor and Master degrees. I want to move because I want to explore new opportunities. I would love to start a PowerCorps Las Vegas!
Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Shout out to Mr. Mike, Ms. Margy, and Mr. Rocco! Because they always make time.
You may reach Chilon at Carrollchilon@yahoo.com.