Meet Cohort 6 Crews: New Wave

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

Kalef JonesKalef Jones
Crew Leader
Eloi CabaEloi Caba
Assistant Crew Leader
Zaire BaileyZaire Bailey
Corps Member
Jermaine BrownJermaine Brown
Corps Member
Carl Curtis Jr.Carl Curtis Jr.
Corps Member
Armand HayesArmand Hayes
Corps Member
Amir JohnsonAmir Johnson
Corps Member
Quadeem StarkesQuadeem Starkes
Corps Member
Kenneth WeatherfordKenneth Weatherford
Corps Member

Kalef Jones (Crew Leader)

Kalef was born and raised Philadelphia, PA in the northern section of the city. As a youth he always sought additional knowledge which led to numerous citywide contests and events. It wasn’t until the age 17 that he started to go down a bad path. By the age of 21 he had already been incarcerated 3 times in 2 years. It was then he told himself a change was so desperately needed. So after serving a sentence of six months he returned to civilization a reformed individual.
Kalef worked closely with the P.A.A.N. program months before being offered a position within PowerCorps PHL within the fall of 2014. It came during a very tumultuous time where tragedy had struck therefore altering his aforementioned aspirations. During his tenure at PowerCorps Kalef soon became one of its rising stars. Since then he has been appointed the Assistant Crew Leader and then the Associate Crew Leader where he also was a intern in the Mayors Office. Then after 18 months of being a Americorps member he was promoted to Crew Leader where he leads one of the Green Stormwater Infrastructure crews in aesthetic maintence. He was the first Americorps member in the history of PowerCorps PHL to promoted to a full time staff member.
Kalef often says he sees his impact daily as he intrigues the members by introducing best practices as well as sharing personal experiences which allows him to resonate better with the members. The sky is truly the limit for this young man who continues to find innovative ways to further engage his fellow generation by getting them to understand our obligation to do better for the generations to come.

Eloi Caba (Assistant Crew Leader)eloi-caba

My name is Eloi Caba and I am 22 years old. I was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the United States when I was only 6 months old. I am smart, a hard worker, dedicated, and a positive role model for my younger siblings. I joined PowerCorpsPHL in order to better myself and show other members that came to PowerCorpsPHL that there really are opportunities out there for them, even with a record. I want to impact my community in a good and positive way and also to show my brothers that no matter the struggles, you can still be successful. What motivates me are my two younger brothers. I want to set a better example for them and lead them in the right path, instead of the path I was taking before I started making changes in my life. I am looking forward to teaching Cohort 6 everything that I have learned in the past six months as a crew member. I want to continue to go to college for Stormwater Management or get my CDL and continue in that career path.

Zaire Baileyzaire-bailey

My name is Zaire Bailey but people call me Zah. I’m from North Philly, 11th Street, to be exact. I’m a self-motivated young black man. I joined PowerCorps because I honestly needed some income, due to my losing my last job. Like I said, I am motivated by myself, my future, my wants, and how I see myself. I am looking forward to travelling and I want to leave a legacy and be legendary.

Jermaine Brownjermaine-brown

My name is Jermaine Brown aka Lemon. I am 26 years old and was born in Philadelphia, PA. I would describe myself as ambitious. I joined PowerCorps for job readiness skills. I am motivated by success and am looking forward to bettering my understanding of the employment industry.

Carl Curtis Jr.carl-curtis-jr

My nickname is Mike and I am 24 years old. I was born in Philadelphia, PA and describe myself as an outgoing person, funny, and a family man. I joined PowerCorpsPHL to gain experience and to get help with my communication skills, and speaking more professionally. I am motivated by myself and my kids. Also, just seeing people doing good/great motivates me because they are trying to succeed in life. I am looking forward to a career and to gain as much experience I can take from PowerCorpsPHL.

Armand Hayesarmand-hayes

I am Armand D. Hayes aka Ace. I am 24 years old. I’m from West Philadelphia and would describe myself as a serious, well-driven person, and a leader. I joined PowerCorps to make a change in my life for myself and daughter, and to find employment. I am motivated by my daughter, myself, and my family. I am looking forward to learning all that PowerCorps offers and to take initiative to learn and make progress. I’m also looking forward to being employed and a successful employee in the workplace!

Amir Johnsonamir-johnson

My name is Amir Johnson, and I love doing construction. I am 26 years of age and was born in North Philly. I am hard working, open-minded, and always willing to learn. I joined PowerCorpsPHL to gain experience and get a career. Success and money motivate me. I am looking forward to the PowerCorps experience.

Quadeem Starkesquadeem-starkes

My name is Quadeem Starkes and I am from Germantown. I am humble and determined, and I love football. Failure is not an option! My son brought me to PowerCorps and I would rather live for him than die for a block. My son motivates me, but I’m also self-driven. I want to be successful in life and nothing will stop me. I’m looking forward to gaining certifications such as forklifting, OSHA 30, and my CDL.

Kenneth Weatherfordkenneth-weatherford

My name is Kenneth Weatherford and my nickname is Ken. I’m 25 years old and was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. I would describe myself as a finisher, meaning if I start something, I complete it. I would also describe myself as a family man, always willing to help others. My younger peers look at me as a role model. I joined PowerCorpsPHL for the life changing experience that I have not only been hearing about, but witnessing. I am motivated by my daughter, Keniyah Weatherford, my sisters; Ebony, Kendra, and Kendedra, my mom Debroah, my father Kenneth Sr., and my niece Geniyha. I can’t forget my crew, New Wave. I am looking forward to furthering my education and maybe landing a lifetime job and staying friends with my crew forever. It’s hard for me to make friends and I feel God blessed me with my crew.