Love Where You Live Corps Cohort 15 Graduates!

May 09, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Blog,Projects   |   Comments Off on Love Where You Live Corps Cohort 15 Graduates!»

On May 4th, 2018, 19 members of Love Where You Live Corps Cohort 15 graduated from their 6-month GCF terms and joined our growing 400+ alumni body. The ceremony at Brooklyn Borough Hall, celebrated the Corps Members’ service in NYCHA communities, their professional advancement and their pioneering role in the development of the latest evolution of Love Where You Live (LWYL) Service. Cohort 15 is the first corps to complete a 450 hour AmeriCorps term in 4 months and enter a Special Assignment period for 2 months to close out their half-year term. During Special Assignment, Cohort 15 members worked with GCF Illuminators, conducting energy services work with our graduate social enterprise programs.

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The graduates of Cohort 15 flanked by their Team Leaders, with the Corps Members of Cohort 16 behind them.

Cohort 15 Members were the boots and brains for an expanded LWYL campaign, not only conducting conservation education, but contributing to the initiative’s design and direction. This was the first corps to thoroughly integrate new technological solutions into the LWYL campaign, collecting information on tablets to streamline GCF’s data capture and synthesis. Cohort 15 worked with with Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer on the NYCx CoLab Zero Waste in Shared Space Brownsville challenge. The corps worked with GrowNYC, NYCHA and the NYC Sanitation Department to promote residential recycling at NYCHA. Corps Members served at the Farms at NYCHA, where the corps helped build Forest Houses Farm in the Bronx and lay the groundwork for the 2018 farm season.

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Cohort 15 graduate Sequanna Vaughan with Team Leaders Rosalba Lopez (left) and Precious Colon (right).

Four graduates from Cohort 15, Sabrina Simeon, Anthony Williams, Sienna Thomas and Sha-me Knight took to the podium to speak on GCF’s four pillars: Service, Training, Sustainability and Justice. Their speeches will be published in full on our blog throughout the coming weeks.

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Cohort 15 graduate Anthony Williams speaks to the audience about the GCF pillar training.

In addition to friends, family and staff, GCF partners joined in the celebration to welcome the graduates to the workforce. Vlada Kenniff, Director of Sustainability Programs at NYCHA, lauded Cohort 15 for its role in advancing NYCHA’s NextGeneration Sustainability Agenda. Christina Salvi, Assistant Director of Zero Waste Programs at GrowNYC thanked the graduates for their service to increase residential recycling rates by promoting the “NYCHA Recycles!” campaign. Sharon Griffith, Senior Project Manager at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recounted a brief history of the energy efficiency movement in New York State,and shared advice on how to build connection in New York City’s booming sustainability sector. Charles Purboo, Direct Installer at Franklin Energy Services and GCF graduate addressed the crowd to introduce his boss. David Wolk, Senior Program Manager at Franklin Energy Services. David Wolk expressed his admiration for the graduates, and his exuberance at having hired two new graduates to join the stellar GCF alumni already in Franklin’s employ. Speeches from guest speakers will be published on our blog in the coming weeks.

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Sharon Griffith, Senior Project Manager at the NYSERDA, addressing the crowd.

You can meet the graduates of Cohort 15 and read their testimonials on the Graduate Gallery. See more photos from the graduation ceremony below.

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