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“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Who We Are

Public Allies is a national movement committed to advancing social justice and equity by engaging and activating the leadership of young people.

Since 1992, we have helped thousands of underrepresented young leaders serve our country, get on successful pathways to higher education and careers, and bring communities together to work for the common good. We operate our signature AmeriCorps program in 25 communities nationwide.

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Our Mission

To create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it.


Public Allies 25 Years

This year, Public Allies boldly marks 25 years! We do so by expanding and broadening our commitment to advancing justice and equity and activating the leadership of young people — as we have since 1992. The promise and potential of our communities are still too frequently overlooked, dismissed, or ignored, and the need for our values is as great as ever. We celebrate 25 years by recommitting ourselves to our values through actions that deepen our bond with alumni and champions, and that amplify our impact in communities we serve.


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Alum Spotlight

Abel Núñez was the first person in his family to speak English, and as a result, from a very early age he was often asked to translate for his family. Fast-forward decades later, and Abel — who arrived in the U.S. with his family from El Salvador in 1979 — continues to be a vital bridge between recent immigrants and the larger community. For his work, including rising up to become executive director of CARECEN, an immigrant rights group in Washington, D.C., Abel was recently awarded Georgetown University’s John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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