Meet Cohort 5 Crews: Waste Warriors

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
Nick LaRoccaNick LaRocca
Assistant Crew Leader
Tilmond AddoTilmond Addo
Corps Member
Amari BrawnerAmari Brawner
Corps Member
Shyara LeeShyara Hill
Corps Member
DiamondDiamond Holliday
Corps Member
Bryan JohnsonBryan Johnson
Corps Member
Aaron JohnsonAaron Johnson
Corps Member
Rasheed lewisRasheed Lewis
Corps Member
Khalil ReidKhalil Reid
Corps Member
Star TaylorStar Taylor
Corps Member
StevenSteven Turner
Corps Member
Marquise WhiteMarquise White
Corps Member

Mike Herrmann (Crew Leader)mike-herrmann

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.

Nick LaRocca (Assistant Crew Leader)nick-larocca

Age: 26
What are some words that describe you?
“Intelligent, hard worker, understanding, and determined.”

Nick LaRocca has returned for PowerCorpsPHL Cohort V as an ACL after serving as a corps member during Cohort IV. The thing that excites him the most about PowerCorpsPHL is the opportunity to make the City of Philadelphia a better place to live. The greatest influence in his life is his dad, who Nick says has always supported him. Nick is most proud of the resilience and fighting spirit he has shown to overcome any hurdle or failure he has encountered. After PowerCorpsPHL, Nick plans to get a job working for the City of Philadelphia and continue pursuing his degree in Psychology.

Tildon Addotildon-addo

Age: 23
What about PowerCorpsPHL most excites you?
“It’s giving me a chance to earn a job and better myself and stay focused on my prize.”

Tildon Addo, a Cohort V member, describes himself as a Black African living and learning, worthy of something. The greatest influences in his life are his mother and family, who bring so much positivity to his life. His proudest accomplishment is making it through pre-service orientation. After PowerCorpsPHL, Tildon would like to work and be his best, because life will not pass him by.

Amari Brawner amari-brawner

Age: 19
Who is the greatest influence on you?
“Mr. Nick.”

Amari describes herself as an intelligent, hard-working, and ambitious young woman. The most exciting part of the PowerCorpsPHL experience, to her, is the team work, as well as working in the field. Her proudest accomplishment is graduating from high school and completing pre-service orientation. After PowerCorpsPHL, she would like to further her career in construction.

Shyara Hillshyara-hill

Age: 21
What do you want to do after PowerCorpsPHL? Or who would you like to be?
“My goal has been to be a judge, but I am definitely open to changing or adding to my plan.”

Shyara is a silly, intelligent, adventurous, generous, and resourceful Cohort V member. The thing about PowerCorpsPHL that most excites her is that it opens up opportunities for growth and success. The greatest influence on Shyara is that path that has led her to where she is today. So far, her biggest accomplishment has been adapting to her environment by applying her survival skills to new experiences.

Diamond Hollidaydiamond-holliday

Age: 21
What are some words that describe you?
“Funny, down to earth, hard-working.”

Diamond is most excited about the positivity of PowerCorpsPHL as he participates in Cohort V. The greatest influences in his life are his kids, family, and AmeriCorps. To date, his proudest accomplishment is graduating from YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School and enrolling in PowerCorpsPHL.

Bryan Johnsonbryan-johnson

Age: 26
What about PowerCorpsPHL most excites you?
“I like the positive energy and the fact that just about everybody has some of the same goals.”

Bryan Johnson describes himself as a humble, positive thinker and a hard worker. He considers himself to be his own greatest influence, reflecting on where he’s come from, where he would like to go, and what it will take for him to achieve his goals. His proudest accomplishment is making to to 26 years old free and healthy. After PowerCorps, Bryan would like to be working full time and attending school for Digital/Media Production.

Aaron Johnsonaaron-johnson

Age: 25
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
“Joining PowerCorps.”

Aaron, a Cohort V reupper, says that the best word to describe him is “determined.” The thing that most excites him about PowerCorpsPHL is the family atmosphere. He considers himself to be his own greatest influence. After PowerCorpsPHL, Aaron wants to go back to school and get a job. He says he is going to be the best father he can be.

Rasheed Lewisrashee-lewis

Age: 19
What do you want to do after PowerCorpsPHL? Or who would you like to be?”
“After PowerCorpsPHL I hope I find a career path that I am interested in. I like to be a strong leader.”

Rasheed describes himself as a hard-working and passionate young man. The thing about PowerCorpsPHL that excites him the most is that it is like a family. The greatest influences in his life are his PowerCorps colleagues and his family, who keep him motivated and humble. Rasheed’s proudest accomplishment is graduating despite dropping out of high school.

Khalil Reidkhalil-reid

Age: 23
What are some words that describe you?
“Funny, hard-working, honest, trustworthy.”

Khalil is most excited about everything that PowerCorpsPHL has to offer him. The greatest influence in his life is Mr. Mike Herrmann, who Khalil feels can see how far he is prepared to go. Khalil’s proudest accomplishment is how far he has come during his life. After PowerCorpsPHL he would like to get a good job and keep it.

Star Taylorstar-taylor

Age: 22
What are some words that describe you?
“Disciplined, determined, and caring.”

Star is most excited to start learning something new that she could never have imagined herself learning. Star’s proudest accomplishment is receiving her diploma. She had a rough time during school, but never gave up. After PowerCorpsPHL, Star wants to be more stable, working a decent job and furthering her education.

Steven Turnersteven-turner

Age: 24
What about PowerCorpsPHL most excites you?
“Seeing everybody every day.”

Steven is a motivated Cohort V member whose greatest influence is his late brother, who was tragically killed after he and Steven graduated from YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School. His proudest accomplishment is getting his NCCER in YouthBuild, and after PowerCorps Steven would like to open up his own landscaping business.

Marquise Whitemarquise-white

Age: 21
Who is the greatest influence on you?
“I think my greatest influence in PowerCorps is the overall team of the Waste Warriors.”

Marquise is a passionate, dedicated, motivated, and respectful Cohort V member. The things that excite him most about PowerCorpsPHL are the new opportunities as well as being surrounded with positive people. His proudest accomplishment is making himself better with personal development. After PowerCorpsPH, Marquise would like to become an entrepreneur.