Public Allies

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Public Allies is an AmeriCorps program and American non-profit dedicated to young-adult leadership development.[1] Founded in 1992 by Vanessa Kirsch and Katrina Browne in Washington D.C., other sites soon followed, including Milwaukee, Chicago, Arizona, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Delaware, Eagle Rock, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Maryland, Miami, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Silicon Valley/San Francisco, and the Twin Cities. To date, Public Allies has graduated over 1,500 allies.

Core Values[edit]

Public Allies holds five core values that are integrated into the program: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity & Inclusion, Focus on Assets, and Integrity. [2]

Program components[edit]

Most sites, with the exception of Eagle Rock, operate under the following structure:

  • Apprenticeship - Allies work at least 32 hours a week at a non-profit organization that they are paired up with at the beginning of the program.
  • Training and Learning - Allies spend one weekday a week on various leadership development trainings, aimed at developing both personal and professional growth.
  • Team Service Project (TSP) - Allies work in teams, usually ranging from 6-12 people, on a community service project

Public Allies Eagle Rock is the only exception to this format. At Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center, 12 Allies are recruited as Instructional Fellows, generally spend most of their time at the residential school where they also reside,[3] have 2 hour Professional Development Trainings, and also work in 4-person teams to complete a TSP.

Site-specific Information[edit]

The Chicago site was founded in 1993 by Michelle Obama. [4]

Public Allies is a program of a partner of an organization at most locations. Chicago, Cincinnati, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and New York are independent AmeriCorps sites.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Charles Barrett Adams, Paul Griffin, Cynthia James, Abel Nunez, Carson E. Henry III, Jay Kim, Abel Nunez, Omar Brownson, Yamani Hernandez, Rafael Gonzalez, Anissa Listak, Bronwyn Lucas, Gino Pastori-Ng, Melia Dicker, Peter Hoeffel, Joe Matassino, Esteban "Steve" Ramos, Rafael Gonzalez, Jason Holton, April Mendez, Travis Rejman, Dionne Grayson (Shaw), Jamison Hutchins, Erastus Mong'are, Jose Rico, Anissa Listak, Kelly Tsai, Mark Payne


  1. ^ "PUBLIC ALLIES INC". GuideStar. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
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