Eugene Pough, Founder/Executive Director
Eugene has as a B.A. (Mass Communication) and is near completion of his M.A. (Sport Administration). He brings energy, direction and dedication to the program; having worked with several nonprofits in mentoring, athletics and youth development-including Episcopal Community Services’ Workforce Youth Development Summer Program, IDAAY’s OST After School and Sum-mer Camp, the Roxborough YMCA, Germantown Boys and Girls Club, Concerned Black Men of Philadelphia, the International Student Athlete Academy and the Roxborough YMCA. Eugene has knowledge of methods of data collection, data entry and documentation. He has familiarity with management of youth and young adults in urban communities; some who were adjudicated. Eugene has outstanding ability to communicate with people belonging to diverse backgrounds and in a public forum, effectively. He has the ability to complete all assigned projects, in a timely manner and within allocated budgets.
Some of Eugene’s Mentoring Program and Youth Development Experience:
Carson Valley Children’s Aid, Behavioral Health Worker: Eugene’s currently duties for CVCA include providing 5th-8th grade youth with; behavioral health interventions to stabilize youth. Eugene is also assisting 8th grade clients in identifying suitable high school options that match their academic goals
Mount Airy COGIC Iron Sharpen Iron Young Men’s Mentoring Program: He increased mentee and mentor enrollment from 15 to 40 and 4 to 20 within a year. He established partnerships with Northwest Philadelphia businesses and community-based organizations. Eugene assisted with planning trips and group activities, culminating events; and contributing to program evaluation efforts
Institute of Development of African American Youth, Assistant Program Coordinator, OST Lead Instructor: Eugene served as an Assistant Coordinator and Lead Instructor for after-school and summer camp programs; which serviced 24-30 middle school youth. He engaged youth in academic and personal development programs including homework help, literacy, recreation and healthy living and project-based learning. Through Eugene’s efforts, IDAAY was granted over $8,000.00 from the Citizens Bank, Wawa and PNC Charitable Foundations; also granted $2000.00 worth of equipment and apparel from the Good Sports Foundation
Roxborough YMCA, Y Achievers Program Coordinator/Teen Summer Camp Counselor: Eugene Increased enrollment from three to 70+ enrollees within a year. Eugene supervised 8-12 volunteers and 50 mentees during bi-weekly meetings and trips. He provided extracurricular team mentorship, presentations, guest speakers and workshop activities, designed to give 5th-12th grade youth the tools they need to succeed in college and beyond. He assisted Program Director with coordinating activities all daily functions of teen summer camp group.
International Student Athlete Academy, Site Director: Eugene monitored an effective high school college OST preparatory program geared toward 40-50 student-athletes. He assisted student-athletes in tutoring, college and career exploration, financial aid, athletic development, mentoring, counseling and guidance in year-around and summer camp programs.
Eugene’s Sport Management/Journalism/Administration Experience:
Leaders In Training Sports Mentoring Program, Founder/Program Director:
Eugene created a sports based youth development and mentoring program geared toward Philadelphia public and charter school youth. Through Eugene’s efforts, his program has received funding from the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Beauford Family Funeral Services and Modells Corporate Sponsorship totaling $4,550.00. He is currently establishing partnerships with Girard College, Lincoln University (PA), Drexel University’s Lindy Center and Temple University’s Sport, Tourism, Hospitality Management Program.
Philadelphia Two Hand Touch League: Eugene performed videography duties for league, producing interviews and assisted with recording two league championship games.
West Oak Lane Wildcats: Eugene assisted with coordinating coaching/staffing needs, assisted facility managers in upkeep, trained interns, developing production sheets, timing special events, field set up and video-graphing.
Philadelphia Gators Semi-Professional Football Organization: Eugene assisted with writing pre-and post-game information releases and announcements, designing, assemble and mail weekly marketing flyers. He worked with Marketing Staff and assisted with facilitating communication with local schools and youth based organizations via phone and emails. He collaborated with the Volunteer Staff to organize half-time performances, exhibitions and activities with team promotions.
Philadelphia Panthers Minor League Football Organization: Eugene learned all aspects of managing a minor league football team. He assisted with promotions, group sales and ticketing. Eugene assisted with Equipment Management Staff with inventory controls and purchasing to ensure that the team’s equipment was adequately stocked for all events. Eugene other duties included assisted the Team Liaison with community outreach programs.
Delaware Buccaneers: Eugene assisted the Marketing Staff with creating ads, promotions and fliers; along with community outreach events. He helped coordinate on-field, pre-game, half-time and post-game entertainment, and with music. He also helped with coordinating game day planning and promotions.
Delaware State University Department of Athletics: Eugene assisted the Wellness and Recreation Center Staff in supervision, recruitment and management of teams for various intramural, recreational sports and activities; and monitored participants’ activities. Working with the Equipment Staff; Eugene assisted with maintaining a list of equipment and noted the condition of each piece of equipment. He assisted with the design of the field layout for various sporting events. Eugene was the creator, executive produced and supervised the overall making of a sports television show, “The Hornets’ Nest.” He was also the Liaison between the DSU Athletic Department and the show’s staff. Eugene performed video-graphing and game operations for the school’s Football Team. He also volunteered with the Sports Information Office; which duties included recording and maintaining stats and data, and setting up press boxes for media and other related staff.
Eugene’s Mass Communication Experience:
Eugene worked with Concerned Black Men of Philadelphia, as a Volunteer Public Relatons Rep and he interned with 6ABC’s Wilmington, Delaware Bureau. Eugene was a member of the Delaware State University’s Mass Communications Club; and is a current member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.
Vonkurt Redley, M.A. Candidate
Vonkurt taught at New Media Technology, Mastery Charter and Audenried High Schools in Philadelphia from September 2006 to April 2016. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Education from Cabrini University's Graduate School of Education in May of 2020. As an urban educator, Vonkurt has experienced meeting the needs of diverse learners. At Roosevelt Elementary School, he currently teachers students with a wide variety of learning needs and he is dedicating himself to making his lessons accessible to all students.
With the School District of Philadelphia, Vonkurt has learned effective teaching methods that focus on improving students’ literacy, creativity and critical thinking skills. He has also received special training in inquiry-based learning from Cabrini University. Vonkurt was prepared to teach Social Studies with an emphasis on reading, writing and creating. He is elated to be teaching students with diverse learning needs and building a safe and productive classroom environment for everyone.
Vonkurt also ran track and field while attending Kutztown University. He ran the 110 Meter hurdles, 400 meter hurdles, and the 4x400 meter relay. Vonkurt is currently the Head Track Coach and Basketball Coach at Roosevelt Elementary. His athletes competed in the 2017 and 2018 Penn Relays, Receiving a third place medal in the heavily competitive middle school division the MPAA Sports Program and Middle School Track Club.
Keisha Tanya Prosser, Healthy Eating Coordinator
Keisha has over 20 years of experience in the food service industry. She is highly motivated and able to multi-task and prioritizes workload under pressure. Keisha has excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build rapport and develop regular clientele. She is attention to detail, and has an array preparation ideas for diverse menus of cuisine. Keisha is highly educated on nutritional information and healthy choice alternatives. Keisha graduated from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College with a degree in Pastry Art. Keisha has taught over 150 youth Healthy Cooking and Food Safety throughout 2016-19.
Steven Reynolds, SAT/ACT Prep Coordinator
Steven has degree in the Science field from West Chester University, will handle SAT/ACT Prep duties. His experience includes ten years with Ask4Tutoring; as a Tutor in Math and Science. Steve currently provides enrichment in various subjects including Mathematics, Reading, and Science for children, adults, and small groups. He suggests new strategies to solve and complete problems in various grade levels and content areas. Steve assists clients with organizational skills and sets cycle and or weekly goals
Sean Mayers, Strength and Conditioning
Sean is an AAAI and ISMA Personal Fitness Trainer Certified Expert. He has developed skills in sports training, team work, and paying particular attention to details. Sean was a Division III NCAA All American Football player, and was All Conference in Football and Track and Field. Sean is a current minor league player with the Tri-County Owls Spring Football Team. He helped lead the first team to an undefeated regular and playoff record in the Northeast Football Atlantic Football League. Sean won the 2016 NEAFL League and Championship Game MVP. Sean played minor league football with the Lehigh Valley Storm (2012-2015) and the Philadelphia Panthers (2008-2014). Sean won the 2009 LaBelle Football Community League Championship Game MVP. He was All LCFL (2009) and a Major League Football All Star in 2013
Jamar Davenport, Program Director, Strength and Conditioning
As an experienced customer service professional, Jamar is tenacious and proactive approach which has resulted in him with assisting numerous important projects within the jobs he worked. Jamar has excellent analytical skills. He provides coworkers with vital feedback for process improvement. After 9+ years in the customer service realm, he’s currently seeking new challenges, in which he will utilize his attention to detail, and friendly, professional demeanor. Jamar also worked with the Philadelphia Department of Recreation; where he was a lifeguard from 2012 to 2014. Jamar watched over all patrons in and around the pool area. Jamar kept a safe and clean pool. He made sure all patrons follow all pool rules. Jamar was also employed with Delaware State University’s Recreation and Intramural Sports Department. He served as a Lifeguard, Referee and Program Coordinator. Jamar was a walk-on with the Delaware State University Football Team and currently plays Free Safety for the North Philadelphia Cowboys. While in Japan for an internship, Jamar played for a semi-pro football team and helped his team win the X-League 2006 Championship. He also won championship game MVP Honors.