The White House announced that Julia Hillengas, Deputy Service Officer and Director of PowerCorpsPHL, was honored as one of ten grassroots leaders for their work to create pathways to economic and employment opportunities as Employers of National Service and AmeriCorps VISTA Champions of Change. Ms. Hillengas is representing the City of Philadelphia, which has become a national leader among Employers of National Service by granting extra points on its civil service exam to AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni.
“Julia Hillengas is an incredible public servant who is uniquely connected to the AmeriCorps VISTA and national service experience here in Philadelphia. Her advocacy and work to improve opportunities for young people in our great City is a true benefit,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “In the two years since she joined our Administration, she has raised the stature of the Youth Commission and continued her personal projects focused on improving the lives of young people. I want to congratulate her on this tremendous recognition and thank President Barack Obama and the Champions of Change team for this honor.”
In her work, Ms. Hillengas builds national service and volunteer partnerships to increase impact across the City of Philadelphia and manages PowerCorpsPHL, an innovative new AmeriCorps program designed to address the city’s environmental stewardship, youth workforce development and violence-prevention priorities. She began her career in city government as a SERVE Philadelphia AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Mayor’s Office of Education where she coordinated and grew the Graduation Coach Campaign. She has also worked for more than a decade as an educator, coach and community organizer through organizations such as YouthBuild Philadelphia, Fairmount Youth Soccer Association and the YMCA of Philadelphia.
“I am honored and appreciative to be selected as a White House Champion of Change representing the City of Philadelphia,” said Ms. Hillengas. “I am inspired by the young people I work with every day who are committed to improving their communities and our great city through service.”
The White House created the Champions of Change program to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower, inspire and support members of their communities. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program and nominate a Champion, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.