Digital Service Fellows 2013-2014

Gary Andrews

 Full name: Gary M Andrews Jr.

Nickname: USB

High School: Roman Catholic

Why did you apply to become a Digital Service Fellow? 

The opportunities provided by the Digital Service Fellow’s program are unmatched. The program offers opportunities to grow as a professional, as well as personally. It allows me to serve those in my community while gaining the experience needed to continue my career.

What are three goals you have while serving as a DSF this year?

I hope to learn as much as I can about coding and programming, while obtaining both of my certifications.

What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

My two favorite hobbies are reading and learning about video games. I want to learn game design, and testing, production. I take in hours of game news every week.

Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years?

In five years, I hope to have finished my degree, and have moved to the west coast to work in game development.

Tyler Buck

Full name: Tyler Buck

Nickname: Kevin Bacon

High School: School of the Future

Why did you apply to become a Digital Service Fellow?

I joined to further my knowledge in technology, while also studying to get certified.

What are three goals you have while serving as a DSF this year?

Get fully certified (A+ and ACMT)
Study every week.
Get connected with different people and meet others in the field.

What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

Fixing and building computers. Skateboarding. Studying. Learning about new technology that is coming out. Socializing with friends.

Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years?

Working for the School District of Philadelphia as an Regional Technician.

Keven Campana

Full name: Keven Campana

Nickname: Kev

High School: Northeast High School

Why did you apply to become a Digital Service Fellow?

Because I love computers. =] 

What are three goals you have while serving as a DSF this year?

Certification achievement, coding/programming skills, break/fix skills, professional skills.

What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

Photography is one of my hobbies. I love dancing and listening to music. It’s in my soul and can never be taken away from me. Video games will also always be in my life but not as hardcore as I use to be. Just a casual gamer.

Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully still alive with good health.

 Diamond Johnson

Full name: Diamond Johnson

High School: Franklin Learning Center

Why did you apply to become a Digital Service Fellow?

I applied to become a Digital Service Fellow to advance my skills to become a computer technician.

What are three goals you have while serving as a DSF this year?

I plan on becoming certified, learn more about break fix, and learn more about programing.

What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

Taking apart anything electronic. Music Production, digital media.

Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years I plan to be working as a computer technician and working on getting a degree.

 Erik Johnson

Full name: Erik Johnson

Nickname: Philosophy

High School: Truebright Science Academy Charter School

Why did you apply to become a Digital Service Fellow?

I applied because I wanted to learn more about this field so I can gain more information and experience and at the same time look better for the military.

What are three goals you have while serving as a DSF this year?

Get all my certifications, have great experience in the field, and other stuff

Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years?

The military

Dylan Lohkemper

Full name: Dylan Lohkemper

High School: Father Judge

Why did you apply to become a Digital Service Fellow?

Using the knowledge that I would learn, I wanted to ensure a great future for both myself and the children of Philadelphia.

What are three goals you have while serving as a DSF this year?

I would like to learn as much as I possibly can about computers and technology. I want to gain all certificates that would ensure my bright and shining future. I would like to help as many people as I can by teaching them the wonders of the technological age we live in.

What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to play and program video games. My biggest hobby, though, is drawing and art. I enjoy doodling as much as I can.

Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years?

In five years, I imagine myself out in the IT field, using all of the knowledge that I gain from my year as a DSF to the fullest.

Gabby

Full name: Gabriela Loredo

Nickname: Gabby

High School: Julia R. Masterman

Why did you apply to become a Digital Service Fellow?

I was interested in the service aspect of the program. My past work experiences have included representing disadvantaged groups through arts & media, but this program allows me to work much more directly with others while gaining tech experience.

What are three goals you have while serving as a DSF this year?

Considering that I came into the program with no break/fix or coding experience, I’ll consider it a big accomplishment if by next summer I’m comfortable solving problems on my own and working on developing an app and personal website.

What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

Netflix. That’s a hobby, right? Also, bikes, media production, and fun people.

Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years?

If in five years I still haven’t earned my B.A., I hope that I’ll be working towards earning it. Otherwise, I want to find a comfortable full-time job that includes travel, good folks, and casual, comfortable attire.

"Cheeze"

Full name: Zahmir Mitchell

Nickname: Cheeze

High School: A Phillip Randolph

Why did you apply to become a Digital Service Fellow?

I decided to join the DSF program because my teacher told me it was a good place to start my dream as a game designer.

What are three goals you have while serving as a DSF this year?

One of my goals is to complete while serving as DSF is getting my A+ certification. My second goal is to get my ACMT certification. My third goal is to walk out this service year knowing everything.

What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

Some of my hobbies are play football, playing basketball, and also like playing the video games. What I like to do on my free time is hang out with friends.

Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years?

I imagine myself playing football in the NFL.

Felipe Rosa

Full name: Felipe Rosa

Nickname: Junior

High School: Northeast HIgh School

Why did you apply to become a Digital Service Fellow?

I applied to become a DSF because I wanted to better myself as a person, as well as start a career which I knew I would love.

What are three goals you have while serving as a DSF this year?

1. To get certified in both CompTis A+ as well as the ACMT.
2. Help my peers get certified to help with out ( Family ) goal which is 100%
3. I would love to become a CSS after my first year.

What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to hangout with my friends and play sports as well as get online and play video games.

Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years?

I imagine myself in 5 years as being the best at whatever I wish to do with my life as well as love doing it.

Abdur Rahman Saaba

Full name: Abdur-Rahman Saaba

High School: Communications Technology HS

Why did you apply to become a Digital Service Fellow?

I apply to be a DSF because I wanted to gain experience with technology and lean computer skills.

What are three goals you have while serving as a DSF this year?

Get certified in A+ and ACMT
Learn to work in a professional setting
Gain experience within the field

What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

Playing sports and video games

Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years I see myself persuing a degree in computer engineering

Derek Schwartz

Full name: Derek Schwartz

High School: J.R.Masterman/Abraham Lincoln HS

Why did you apply to become a Digital Service Fellow?

My dream was always to be a IT specialist for the School DIstrict of Philadelphia.
When I heard about this program, I knew this was my chance!

What are three goals you have while serving as a DSF this year?

Get every IT Certification that exists.
Learn more about Apple/Windows Servers and related subjects
Teach a few classes to students about computer functions or technology

What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

Build and play with Computers (didn’t see that one coming, did you?), PC Video Gaming, pretty much anything technology related, watch TV shows such as Mythbusters, Dr. Who, and occasionally Castle.

Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years?

Some where deeply involved in the IT industry, Hopefully with the SDP (if they get their budget together) If not… probably some other school district in the United States.

Tyree Scott

Full name: Tyree Scott

High School: Randolph Career and Technical

Why did you apply to become a Digital Service Fellow?

I live in a house that is mostly computer oriented and because of that and the fact that my oldest brother has been my biggest influence in technology, I figured this would be a great opportunity for me learn more and explore different things with computers.

What are three goals you have while serving as a DSF this year?

I plan to learn some good study habits because to me the program is a little bit like school cause it’s prepping you for something and constantly testing what you know. Secondly I plan to improve my skills and take lots of things that I learn and apply them or possibly teach others. Lastly, I want my certifications that is my main and biggest goal!!!!! ^_^

What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to game mostly, not really console oriented pro pc gamer. But I spend a lot of my time playing league of legend, World of Warcraft, and stuff like that but out side of that I play anything I can challenge someone in as long as it is fun or I can make it fun.

Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully working somewhere that I can call a career and actually have a passion for that would be really great.

Shevar Sharpe

Full name: Shevar Sharpe

Nickname: Keino

High School: Communication Technology High School

Why did you apply to become a Digital Service Fellow?

I think this would be a great first step into the career that I’ve been dreaming about for the last 5 years, which is computer security.

What are three goals you have while serving as a DSF this year?

Attain my ACMT
Attain my A+
How to build a computer from scratch

What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

Playing GTA V and 2K I’m a big gamer fan.

Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years?

I see myself just graduating college with my masters and getting a job offering from a fortune 500.

Kenny Taveras

Full name: Kenny Taveras

High School: Edison High School

Why did you apply to become a Digital Service Fellow?

Ever since i was a kid, I remember always being in my desktop. I knew technology was gonna be my passion. I always wanted to learn more about computers. When I was in high school, I found out that there was a class that I can choose that will teach me about how to fix them. I took the class for 3 school years and loved it. When I graduated I wanted a job that will keep me in the technology field, so when I found out about the DSF program I knew that the program was going to be my first step to my career.

What are three goals you have while serving as a DSF this year?

My three goals are 1) Get certified 2) Learn as much as the program can show me and 3) Get as much hands-on experience as I can

What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

I like going out places with friends or just being somewhere with a comfortable environment. I recently started riding longboards, they are awesome.

Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years i see myself working as a computer networking Technician, in a good paying company.

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