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.


Public Allies envisions a more just and equitable society for all.


Public Allies is an organization which advances new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits, and civic participation.[2]

From GuideStar:

Public Allies advances new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation. Our unique leadership development approach attracts and develops young adults from diverse and under-represented backgrounds for careers in public life (nonprofits, government, and civil society), and to practice values that invigorate public life: collaboration, diversity and inclusion, asset-based change, continuous learning, and integrity.[3]

Core values[edit]

Public Allies lists the following as its core values:[4]

  • Focus on asset-based community development
  • Collaboration
  • Continuous learning
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Integrity

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,[5] have 2 hour Professional Development Trainings, and also work in 4-person teams to complete a TSP.


  1. ^ "PUBLIC ALLIES INC". GuideStar. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "About Public Allies". Everyone Leads. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "PUBLIC ALLIES INC". GuideStar. 
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