Love Where You Live Corps Cohort 13 Graduates!

June 07, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog,Projects   |   Comments Off on Love Where You Live Corps Cohort 13 Graduates!»

Congratulations to the 36 graduates of Love Where You Live Corps Cohort 13, who graduated on June 1st, 2017! The graduation ceremony took place at Brooklyn Borough Hall where many of GCF’s service and employer partners took the stage to celebrate the momentous occasion with GCF’s newest group of alumni. Speakers included Vlada Kenniff, Sustainability Director at NYCHA, Amy Sananman, Director of the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety, Dave Wolk, Senior Manager at Franklin Energy and Jared Cole from the NYC Department of Sanitation.


The highlight of the day were speeches delivered by the graduating AmeriCorps Members themselves. Graduates Salonia Thompson, Charles Purboo, Edna McKay and Anthony Williams reflected on GCF’s four pillars: Service, Training, Sustainability and Justice. We’ll publish those speeches to the blog soon! Graduate Kristian Hidalgo told the crowd of families, friends, partners and supporters what “Love Where You Live” means to him.


Cohort 13 graduate Louis Washington accepts his certificate of completion with Team Leaders Aram Marcelle (left) and Josh Owens (right)

Program Operations Manager Lawrence Harris presented the Kiara Harris Peacemaker Award to graduate Anthony Williams in memory of his daughter. Graduate Charles Purboo received The Force Award, GCF’s highest honor. A full list of special award recipients is below.

For a glimpse into Cohort 13’s 6-month service term, watch the highlight video that kicked off last Thursday’s ceremony:

We’re so proud to see these graduates complete their Love Where You Live service term and move on to great new opportunities. Placement highlights from Cohort 13 include 2 graduates starting work at GrowNYC and 6 graduates employed at Franklin Energy. 17 graduates have received offers to join GCF’ Social Enterprise as energy efficiency associates on GCF’s contracts with EmPowerNY and Ameresco.

Congratulations Cohort 13!

Cohort 13 Graduate Awards Awards:

The Force Award – Charles Purboo
The Kiara Harris Peacemaker Award – Anthony Williams
Attendance and Punctuality Award – Charles Purboo
Attendance and Punctuality Award – Shronda Phillips
Sustainability Award – Edna McKay
Sustainability Award – Lauren Hicks
Leadership Award – Salonia Thompson
Leadership Award – Gene Wiggins
Service Ethic Award – Leslie Thomas
Integrity Award – Edna McKay
Integrity Award – Anthony Williams
Reliability Award – Shronda Phillips
Most Improved Award – Samuel Huddle

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