News & Events
Public Service Makes America Great
Post Date: June 13, 2017
by Miles Wilson
If Donald Trump wants to make America great again, here’s a tip: Don’t be penny-wise and pound-foolish when it comes to helping people become productive citizens.
The president proposes to eliminate funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service, which runs the highly regarded AmeriCorps (focused on children and young adults) and Senior Corps, a volunteer organization for people ages 55 and up.
Total funding for CNCS is $1 billion per year nationwide, which may seem like a lot, except that it represents just pennies when compared with the total federal budget – just .03 percent, to be exact. And for that investment, it engages nearly 350,000 members across America who help us all. AmeriCorps members teach children in local schools, work with the Red Cross, help build homes for Habitat for Humanity, provide one-on-one support for at-risk kids in schools, and serve their local communities in countless other ways. […]
EducationWorks 1st Cornhole Tournament!
Post Date: June 13, 2017
Click here to register. Light refreshments will be served.
As Green Infrastructure Pioneers, Philadelphia Is Primed For Workforce Development
Post Date: May 18, 2017
By Mayor James Kenney
Designed by the Philadelphia Water Department over the course of several years and formally adopted by Philadelphia and state and federal regulators in 2011, the 25-year Green City, Clean Waters program is using decentralized plant-and soil-based green infrastructure systems to keep excess stormwater out of sewers and reduce overflows. […]
In addition to apprenticeship programs with local high schools, the Philadelphia Water Department and City of Philadelphia are using PowerCorpsPHL—an AmeriCorps program designed to support environmental stewardship and other initiatives—to train at-risk youth for green infrastructure maintenance jobs.
That collaboration has resulted in young Philadelphians, some who may have been incarcerated, now working as members of our green economy. We’re working to make stories like that more and more common. […]
Miles Wilson To Speak At Odds Against Odds Philly
Post Date: May 16, 2017
Miles Wilson To Speak At Odds Against Odds Philly
The Yard: Midtown Village
21 South 11th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Monday, May 22 at 6:00pm
Click here to RSVP
Member Perspective: Miles H. Wilson
Post Date: May 11, 2017
Why is it important to engage children and young people in education experiences both in and out of school?
In a word, “opportunity.” Education is reading, math and science, to be sure. But in the very best schools, students also have the opportunity to grow through new education experiences — during the school day and beyond. […]
PowerCorpsPHL Fellowship Application is OPEN!
Post Date: May 10, 2017
We are currently seeking partner organizations who would like to host a PowerCorps Fellow for the Fall/Winter 2017/2018.
Please see the overview document that explains what a fellowship is and how it works.
The deadline to apply is June 2nd. Check out this link to apply!
Also make sure to read the AmeriCorps prohibited activities.
Philly CEO’s career advice: Swim in ambiguity
Post Date: May 1, 2017
Far too often in the world that we live in, especially now, the expectation is that everything is solved and figured out for you. It’s an execute model. You just come in and you plug and play. People who have been walking the earth a little bit longer know things just don’t work that way. And, you can’t be so impacted by the fact that things have not been fully formed and fleshed out for you that it destroys your drive and has you not being successful in the workplace.
So, one thing that we talk about here at EducationWorks and that we build into the conversation, even while we’re interviewing, is that we’re looking for individuals who swim in ambiguity. It’s an entrepreneurial mindset that we’ve introduced here in this organization. To be entrepreneurial, you can’t have everything figured out. […]
Philly CEO: Power through racism; Don’t let anyone deny your dream
Post Date: April 27, 2017
Growing up, Miles Wilson, 43, remembers waking up in the middle of night in the small rowhouse he shared with his single mother and two siblings.
“You’d hear something downstairs, come downstairs and you see your mom crying at the dining room table,” said Wilson, now chief executive officer of EducationWorks, a nonprofit provider of after-school services.
It’s a story he tells often. His mother — smart and ambitious with dreams of being a lawyer — was in one of the first classes in West Philadelphia High School that included African Americans. […]
Register For Summer Camp
Post Date: April 24, 2017
PowerCorpsPHL Radio Interview – Workforce Development Making a Difference
Post Date: April 16, 2017
PowerCorpsPHL is a City of Philadelphia AmeriCorps program administered in partnership with EducationWorks and Philadelphia Youth Network that provides young adults with workforce development opportunities through environmental stewardship and service programs throughout the city. Loraine Ballard Morrill spoke with its Executive Director Lisa Varon and one participant, Bryan Johnson, has moved up through the ranks of the organization. Johnson was recently named a finalist for the Mayor’s Day of Service Distinguished National Service Alumni Award.
This radio interview played on WDAS 105.3, Power 99 FM, and Smooth Jazz JJZ 1480 AM.
EducationWorks EmPOWer Benefit
Post Date: April 5, 2017
Join EducationWorks for our EmPOWer Benefit
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
@ Digitas Health
The Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East, 11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Business Casual Attire
6:00PM | Cocktails
7:00PM | Buffet Dinner
7:30PM | Program
Become a hero for children today.
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PowerCorpsPHL: Cohort 7 Graduation and Cohort 8 Induction
Post Date: April 1, 2017
364 acres of land restored. 2,081 trees, shrubs, and gardens planted. 12 tons of litter removed.
Over the past six months, PowerCorpsPHL’s seventh cohort of crew members has left their mark on the city of Philadelphia. With a collective 49,676 hours of service among them, they’ve restored land, trees, trails, and waterways, working on Parks & Recreation and Water Department projects across the city. On Friday, March 31, members past and future gathered to celebrate the graduation of this group – and the induction of next year’s crews. […]
PowerCorpsPHL Cohort 7 Graduation Celebrates Service Work Across Philadelphia
Post Date: March 31, 2017
PHILADELPHIA (March 31, 2017) – Completing their service in a unique City of Philadelphia program that trains young adults for new careers while improving Philadelphia’s natural assets, a total of 49 members of PowerCorpsPHL “Cohort 7” today were officially graduated from the renowned workforce development program.
At a ceremony held at the Free Library Parkway Branch, the graduates – women and men ages 18 to 26 – were honored for their commitment and service by the program’s sponsors: the City of Philadelphia, EducationWorks, and the Philadelphia Youth Network, who all partner to operate the PowerCorpsPHL program. […]
Media Advisory PowerCorpsPHL Cohort 7 Graduation
Post Date: March 29, 2017
PHILADELPHIA – PowerCorpsPHL, a City of Philadelphia AmeriCorps program, and its partners will recognize the work of young adults, ages 18-26, who have completed the latest cohort. The program supports the City of Philadelphia’s environmental stewardship initiatives, youth violence prevention and workforce development priorities through a six-month full-time AmeriCorps service term, followed by a three-month transition and workforce support program, administrated by EducationWorks. […]
The Projects & People That Are Changing Our Skyline
Post Date: March 23, 2017
Gateway Project of the Year | Spring Arts Philadelphia
Home for creative types
The area has been coined Spring Arts and a Philadelphia real estate company called Arts & Crafts Holdings has been at the forefront of reinvigorating and reshaping the neighborhood along the Spring Garden Street Corridor and setting the stage for others to follow. Arts & Crafts now owns a portfolio of buildings totaling 435,000 square feet and has said that it wants to “grow a community of artists and craftspeople in a vibrant urban district comprised of multiple mixed use properties.” One of its first projects was 990 Spring Garden and is a good example of what the company is doing. It converted the seven-story, 160,000-square-foot industrial loft that was built in the late 1920s into a creative space that has attracted an eclectic mix of tenants who want a funky vibe provided by the building and neighborhood.
Among the tenants at 990 Spring Garden are the City of Philadelphia, EducationWorks, Roy Pitz Brewing Co. and Azavea. Its latest acquisition in the neighborhood came in December when bought 915 Spring Garden, a five-story, 72,000-square-foot former Reading Railroad building that has been vacant for more than a year. […]
Meet PowerCorps PHL Fellow, Ian Holland
Post Date: March 15, 2017
We are excited to welcome Ian Holland to the Fairmount Park Conservancy family! Ian is joining us as a PowerCorps Fellow, a special six-month position that gives graduates of the PowerCorpsPHL program the opportunity to gain additional work experience at nonprofits across the city. Ian previously served as an AmeriCorps Member and Data Coordinator with PowerCorpsPHL, and he’ll be working with FPC’s Stewardship and Natural Lands teams for the next six months. We asked Ian a few questions so we could all get to know him a bit better. […]
People on the Move
Post Date: March 13, 2017
EducationWorks, Philadelphia, has promoted Tanya Ruley-Mayo to chief operating officer, from director of learning and impact. It also hired Tiffaney Waters as director of learning and impact. Waters had been a grants compliance monitor for the School District of Philadelphia in the Office of Federal Programs and Grant Compliance.
Commentary: Rewarding to see Kenney embrace out-of-school time programs
by Miles Wilson
Post Date: March 6, 2017
IN EDUCATION circles, they call it Out of School Time – programs to benefit children from 3-6 p.m. each weekday.
But in recently announcing his intention to create a comprehensive new Out of School Time strategy, Mayor Kenney sees OST for what it really is – an unparalleled opportunity to assist children throughout the city to achieve better results in the classroom and in life. […]
PowerCorps crew leader wins high national honor
Post Date: February 22, 2016
At 22 years old, North Philadelphia native Kalef Jones said his life was “in shambles.” His mother had passed away, his sister had moved across the country and he was arrested and convicted for selling drugs. “I was what you considered a waste of talent,” Jones recalled. “I didn’t know my purpose in life or what I wanted to do. I didn’t have any ambition, goals or direction.”
But that changed last Wednesday, when Jones was recognized as a 2017 Corpsman of the Year. He was one of six people, out of 24,000 Corps members nationally, awarded the honor at a National Corps Network Conference, which was held from Feb. 11 to 15 in Washington, D.C. […] View Press Release
EducationWorks Hosts Forum on Successful School Partnerships in Philadelphia
Post Date: January 20, 2016
EducationWorks, Philadelphia’s premier organization for providing academic support, career readiness, and enrichment programming to children and young adults, hosted more than 20 educational support providers to discuss a recent report that highlights best practices for schools, districts, and vendors in delivering high -quality enrichment programming to students, both during and outside of the traditional school day. Entitled “Partnering for Student Success: A Practical Guide to Building Effective School-Based Partnerships,” the report, funded by the William Penn Foundation and produced by Abt Associates, details six steps for successful partnership integration, providing readers with suggested roles and responsibilities, sample conversation topics to facilitate discussions, case studies from Philadelphia schools, and a downloadable toolbox of resources. […]
Calling all Partners: Learn More about the Future of EW Partnerships
Post Date: January 10, 2016
You are invited to Partnering for Student Success in Under-Resourced Schools! Sara Costelloe from Abt Associates is presenting Partnering for Student Success: A Practical Guide to Building Effective School-Based Partnerships. Miles H. Wilson and Tanya Ruley-Mayo are presenting How to Partner with EducationWorks for Out-of-School Time Programming.
It is highly recommended that at least one representative from each partner organization participate in this meeting. The meeting will take place Wednesday, January 18 from 10:00am-12:00pm at 990 Spring Garden Street, Suite 601, Philadelphia, PA 19123. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Christen Landtroop if you are able to make it.
Post Date: December 26, 2016
Philadelphia-based EducationWorks, which implements and manages educational, after-school, preschool, and summer-camp programs in underserved city neighborhoods, has elected the following board members: Ian H. Hutchison, an associate director of Savills Studley’s Philadelphia location; Melissa L. Nassar, principal for Vanguard Retail Investor Services; and Jinal Jhaveri, cofounder and CEO of SchoolMint.
Kenney: Greenworks will help build sustainable, equitable Philadelphia
Post Date: November 2, 2016
Eloi Caba, a 22-year-old native of the Dominican Republic who grew up in North Philly, knows first-hand how sustainability can revitalize our community. Last year, he joined PowerCorpsPHL, the city’s environmental stewardship and workforce development program for at-risk youth. There Eloi learned valuable skills as an assistant crew leader, maintaining green stormwater infrastructure in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. […]
EducationWorks finds a new home in Philadelphia
Post Date: June 3, 2016
EducationWorks, a non-profit that helps students from impoverished communities such as Philadelphia, Chester, Pa., and Camden, N.J., is relocating its home base from Germantown Avenue to 990 Spring Garden St. It’s a move that has much significance for the nonprofit. It is one way for it to be closer to its partners and, some ways, gives it a chance to start anew. […]
Miles Wilson on Executive Leaders Radio
Post Date: January 20, 2016
This installment of Gallagher Benefits Onsite was broadcast on January 20, 2016 and featured interviews with Tony Valdes, the CEO of Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, Miles Wilson, the President & CEO of EducationWorks, Maddy Malis, the President & CEO of Federation Early Learning Services, Dr. Linda Kilby, the Executive Director of N.O.R.T.H. Inc, and Renata Cobbs-Fletcher, the President & CEO of Northern Children’s Services.