Two coordinators share the task of supervising each Study Center. The coordinators’ primary focus is to provide all encompassing academic support and mentor the students on study skills for all subjects while maintaining a safe and productive learning environment.
AmeriCorps Members serving with the Portland Housing Authority Implement programming in & out of the Study Center to engage students in academics through programs like Check & Connect Mentoring. They provide one on one support to students and their families to get them to attend, engage, and invest in their academic future. AmeriCorps members also strengthen our program by implementing best practices in Volunteer Management.
Part time PHA Youth Programming Staff work in the Study Centers, often along side AmeriCorps members. Their role is to provide academic support in the study center during the academic year. During summer months, seasonal staff may coordinate PHA youth programs such as the free summer meals program, the summer soccer program, or provide support for the CHEETA students.
Emily Mancini-Fitch is the Resident Services Manager of the Portland Housing Authority. Formerly a two-term AmeriCorps State and National member at the Portland Housing Authority Sagamore Village Education Center and Riverton Park Study Center Coordinator, She has worked with many organizations to create and expand educational programming for students of all ages residing in and around PHA Public Housing. She has reached out to strengthen the bond between the PHA and the University of Southern Maine, The NAACP, and many other organizations which has allowed them to provide opportunities to hundreds of Portland Housing Authority children and families. Emily also manages the PHA Scholarship program, the CHEETA Project, the free summer meals program, the summer soccer program, the neighborhood service providers, community buildings, and all of the volunteers associated with the programs.
Emily Was recognized for her service and volunteerism at the 2010 Governor’s Service awards with the National Service Volunteer Award for accomplishments during her AmeriCorps terms of service with the GoodWill AmeriCorps Community Resource Corps. Emily loves volunteering and education and plans to continue serving her communities through non-profits, the PHA and whatever future endeavors she takes on.
Kadiatu Moriba - Front Street Study Center PHA Part time Youth Programming Staff
Amy Jipson - Sagamore Village Study Center GOODWILL AMERICORPS MULTILINGUAL LEADERSHIP CORPS CHECK & CONNECT MENTORING COORDINATOR
Amy is a Freshman at the University of Southern Maine currently studying Social Work. She has been a resident of Sagamore Village for sixteen years. This is her third year serving the Sagamore Village community with Portland Housing Authority & AmeriCorps in the Sagamore Study Center. Amy enjoys working within the community and is passionate about finding new ways to make Sagamore Village more fun and a safe place to live.
Natasha Hoffman - Sagamore Village Study Center PHA Part time Youth Programming Staff
"I am currently attending Southern Maine Community College pursuing my degree in human services. Before attending college I worked for DHHS for 5 years in the long-term care field. Even though I enjoyed assisting the elderly into nursing homes my real passion is working with children. I look forward to helping students achieve their goals and being a part of their success this school year. Children are our future and I can't wait to be apart of a great program geared towards helping children be successful in their lives."
Emily Norris - Riverton Park Study Center GOODWILL AMERICORPS MULTILINGUAL LEADERSHIP CORPS CHECK & CONNECT MENTORING COORDINATOR
Fernando Hinojosa - Riverton Park Study Center PHA Part time Youth Programming Staff
Amalia Siegel - Kennedy Park Study Center GOODWILL AMERICORPS MULTILINGUAL LEADERSHIP CORPS CHECK & CONNECT MENTORING COORDINATOR
A lifelong resident of Maine, Molly is new to Portland, having grown up in the small town of Bethel, Maine. She recently graduated from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where she studied Environmental Science and Art. Molly has many hobbies and passions including bookmaking, origami, music, cooking, juggling, and all things outdoors. She has worked with students from India to Bethel, Maine and is looking forward to meeting students from many different backgrounds and ways of seeing the world. This year, she hopes to bring a sense of curiosity and creative spirit to Kennedy Park to help students think creatively about how they can become agents of positive change in their communities.
Samar Ahmed - Kennedy Park Study Center PHA Part time Youth Programming Staff