Meet Cohort 4 Crews: The Trailblazers

Learn more about our corps members. Read what corps members said about themselves, their aspirations and why they are excited to be serving as PowerCorpsPHL members.  

Mike HerrmannMike Herrmann
Crew Leader
Genaya LeeGenaya Lee
Assistant Crew Leader
Tyreek CountsTyreek Counts
Corps Member
Siraj TacumaSiraj Tacuma
Corps Member
Sean JohnsonSean Johnson
Corps Member
SayBria NelsonSayBria Nelson
Corps Member
Robert RodriguezRobert Rodriguez
Corps Member
Malik GriffinMalik Griffin
Corps Member
Khalil CarterKhalil Carter
Corps Member
Gregory SimpsonGregory Simpson
Corps Member
Deron BurtonDeron Burton
Corps Member
Fiheem CurryFiheem Curry
Corps Member
Benjamin AllenBenjamin Allen
Corps Member

Mike Herrmann (Crew Leader)pcphl3_mikeherrmann_crewleader_forweb

Mike hails from New Hampshire but now proudly calls South Philadelphia his home. He feels that the the best part of being a founding PowerCorpsPHL crew leader is being on the ground floor and helping to see the program through its growing pains. Mike is proud of his abilities to exhibit leadership, commitment and flexibility. He anticipates that years from now, after the PowerCorpsPHL program has flourished, he will be able to look back on this time and say with pride that he was a part of the original group of leaders. He loves being witness to his crew’s excitement at getting jobs done and taking ownership of their accomplishments.

Genaya Lee (Assistant Crew Leader)genaya-lee

Age:23
What about PowerCorpsPHL most excites you?
“What most excites me is the teamwork, just the fact that young adults can come together as a team to better a community.”

Genaya is proud of all of her successes and prides herself as a hard-worker. She describes herself as fun, outgoing, smart and empathetic. Genaya achieved her third-cohort goal of returning for a second cohort, this time as an Assistant Crew Leader. After this cohort, she has an interest in going to school to study computer technology.

Tyreek Countstyreek-counts

Age:24

In 2005, Tyreek moved to Lancaster to go to school. This was a major change for him, as he had lived in a large city his whole life. In Lancaster, he excelled in his studies, making the honor roll and graduating at the top of his class. In 2011 he went to trade school to study masonry. He is in a good place right now and enjoying life.

Siraj Tacumasiraj-tacuma

Age: 20
What are some words that describe you?
“Inspired, team player, hard worker, confident, and leader.”

Siraj is most excited about coming together with his crew to do big projects, earning recognition, and inspiring each other to move forward. His mom and dad are the greatest influences in his life. Even though his dad traveled around the world he still made time to come to all Siraj’s sporting events. His mother always gave him knowledge and encouraged him to the something he loved to do and to be the best at at it. He is proudest of graduating high school and going to trade school, because it’s always good to learn new skills. After PowerCorpsPHL, Siraj would like to travel the world painting murals, which he loves to do.

Sean Johnsonsean-johnson

Age:26
What about PowerCorpsPHL most excites you?
“I like the new skills I’m introduced to every day. I like the group I’m involved with and the career opportunities I’m setting for myself. I get excited when the team works on plans and sticks to it and doesn’t back down from challenges.”

Sean joined PowerCorpsPHL during cohort 3 because he wanted a clear view of his career goals. He decided to return for cohort 4 so that he could pass on his knowledge to the new recruits and support them in their goals. His new goal is to become better prepared for the transportation business as well as college.

Saybria Nelsonsaybria-nelson

Age:21
What would you like to accomplish with PowerCorpsPHL?
“My goals in PowerCorpsPHL are to be more verbal, become more outgoing, and to push myself forward.”

SayBria was born and raised here in Philadelphia, where she graduated from Parkway Center City High School. She credits her ten years of competitive volleyball with inspiring her love for teamwork. She dreams big and works hard to make her dreams reality.

Robert Rodriguezrobert-rodriguez

Age:23
What about PowerCorpsPHL most excites you?
“I see myself as a completely different person and a productive member of society thanks to PowerCorpsPHL.”

Rob is a native of North Philadelphia. From the age of 14 he was in and out of the prison system, though he always knew there was another way for him to live. He realized that he was not exposed to the right company or influences. He now feels that he knows his purpose in life, thanks to the opportunity PowerCorpsPHL gave him to create the characteristics to change himself and obtain a vision for his future.

Malik Griffinmalik-griffin

Age:26
What about PowerCorpsPHL most excites you?
“I am so happy to be a part of PowerCorpsPHL because it is a great opportunity for me to build some positive skills that I need to be successful in life.”

Malik is from South Philly and graduated from Benjamin Franklin High in 2007. He values his family, and his goal after PowerCorpsPHL is to get a union job, buy a house, and send his baby girl off to school. He says, “it’s just time to do right with my life.”

Khalil Carterkhalil-carter

Age: 25
What are some words that describe you?
“Dedicated, motivated, passionate, and ambitious.”

Khalil enjoys the opportunities in PowerCorpsPHL to develop a team atmosphere and give back to the community. He has a passion to serve, and is very proud of receiving the Presidential Volunteer Service Award in recognition os his over 2000 hours of volunteer services. His greatest influences are his children, because they motivate him to be better for them. After PowerCorpsPHL, he want to continue to give back to the community and help make Philadelphia a better place. He says he wants to be the guy who is known for making positive change in his hometown.

Gregory Simpsongregory-simpson

Age:20
What about PowerCorpsPHL most excites you?
“I came to PowerCorpsPHL to find a path that is right for me.”

Gregory is a Philadelphia native and a graduate of Summit Academy in Pittsburgh, PA. He considers himself a unique, genuine, loyal person who can accomplish anything he sets his mind to. He loves driving, and hope to develop some new goals during his six-month term.

Deron Burtonderon-burton

Age: 21
What are some words that describe you?
“Goofy, compassionate, loving, dtermined, laid-back, stubborn, prideful, honest, loya, fierce, philosophical, and opinionated.”

Deron is most excited about working with his crew members, who he says inspire him to strive for greatness and light up his day. The greatest influence on Deron is a brother, because Deron would like to set a good example for him to follow his lead. His proudest accomplishments are graduating high school with a 3.75 GPA and never having been arrested or incarcerated. When he leaves PowerCorpsPHL, Deron would like to go to college for business so that he can one day own his very own Fortune 500 company. He also sees himself becoming either a multimillionaire or multibillionaire by the time he is 30-35 years old.

Fiheem Curryfiheem-curry

Age:26
What would you like to accomplish with PowerCorpsPHL?
I want to use PowerCorpsPHL to better my future, not just for me but for the future in every type of way.”

Fiheem was drawn to PowerCorpsPHL by his desire to fill up his free time with productive activities. He is ready to make a better future, and has already seen improvements in his own situation thanks to PowerCorpsPHL. He would like to obtain a union job and learn be a true professional in the workplace after PowerCorpsPHL.

Benjamin Allenbenjamin-allen

Age: 24
What are some words that describe you?
“Goofy, tall, passionate, scholarly, and open-minded.”

Ben draws inspiration both from his mother and the Liberian community of which he is a part. He is most excited about changing the environment for the better, as well as having his first peer mentor role. His proudest accomplishment is being the first in his family to graduate college, and after PowerCorpsPHL he would like to work either for the government, a non-profit, or the United Nations.