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Staff Spotlight: Kyle O’Kane

Kyle O'KanePosition title: Program Coordinator

Alma mater and degrees: Bachelor of Arts in English literature at Arcadia University (Class of 2018) and Masters of Education in higher education at Temple University (Class of 2020)

When and why did you join College Possible, or why do you care about the mission of College Possible?

I officially joined the Leadership Team August 30, 2021. I had a positive experience helping students as a college coach last year with College Possible Philadelphia that I wanted to return to the site and continue to make a lasting impact. Education is so important and something that should be accessible to everyone. Unfortunately for a lot of first-generation low-income students of color, there are many barriers facing them out of their control. I hope as a program coordinator to play my part and provide resources to those that need them.

Describe your role as program coordinator, what do you do?

As a program coordinator, I supervise a group of high school coaches in hoping to guide and empower them to be great mentors for their students. I also collaborate with other Leadership Team members to make the program at College Possible Philadelphia as successful as it can be. I am the point person for three high schools in the area. Building relationships with my coaches, the College Possible Philadelphia team, and the administrators is ultimately the most vital part of my role in order to make sure students get into college and succeed long after.

What are you looking forward to most about your job as high school program coordinator?

I am most looking forward to seeing my coaches grow in their roles and serve the students to the best of their ability. As a program coordinator, I’m excited to continue to work with the whole College Possible Philadelphia team, connect with them, and continue to move forward the mission of College Possible.

What is one thing you want to learn more about this year, related to education, access, success or the community?

As someone who was a college coach and learned all about the success side of things at College Possible, I’m excited to learn more about college access and how it has changed since I applied. Most of my previous roles have been focused on college students, so this will be a great growing opportunity for me to focus on high school students and what they need before entering university.

Did you do any service after college?

I served as a tech-connected college coach at College Possible Philadelphia through AmeriCorps from 2020-2021.

Other interests or roles in the community?

My interests include relaxing on the beach, geeking out over reality television competition shows, playing Pokémon games on my Nintendo Switch, crying at a good Disney movie, or planning my next travel adventure.

Anything else you would like to share?

At my undergrad, I was heavily involved as an orientation leader, resident assistant, member of the student programming board, and member of the community service club on campus.

I’ve been abroad to 10+ countries, including England, Italy and South Africa.

I worked in Residence Life previously at one of College Possible Philadelphia’s college partners, Cabrini University.

I grew up in the Delaware County area and have always loved Philly and what the city brings to the community.

As someone who is openly bisexual, I am super passionate in LGBTQIA+ issues and hope to continue to help those who struggle with their identity embrace themselves.

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