Our AmeriCorps Ally program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, criminal record, political affiliation, marital or parental status, military service, community, or social affiliations. In fact, we work hard to ensure our program is as diverse as possible. Anyone over 17 years with a high school diploma or GED, and who is a U.S. citizen or has permanent residency, is welcome to apply.
When you join Public Allies, you join a national network of AmeriCorps members dedicated to practicing six core values of Diversity/Inclusion, Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Integrity, Building on Assets, and Innovation. We want our AmeriCorps Allies to learn, grow, and lead in diverse and challenging environments. Our intensive program starts in the fall and runs through summer. Allies who are selected invest 10 months in nonprofit and community-based organizations, while receiving valuable leadership and professional training. Allies are eligible to receive a monthly stipend, access to health care and child care, and a monetary education award after completing the program to pay back student loans or pay for future education. Most AmeriCorps members are also eligible for forbearance or deferment of student loans.
It is highly recommended you reach out to the site(s) to which you are interested in applying and talk with staff about their program and processes before you apply. Deadlines for applications to be submitted are usually in June, but you can verify at our Locations page. AmeriCorps Allies gain valuable leadership skills and professional experience, set personal and professional goals, receive training and coaching, and plan for their future to help them achieve their potential. If you are selected, you are placed with a local nonprofit organization and participate in a full-time, paid apprenticeship for 10 months (in some cases you can apply for a second consecutive year with the program). You attend regular skill-building and leadership development sessions with your cohort of Allies, and receive life and professional development coaching along the way. You will use your new leadership skills to help strengthen the organization you are placed with, as well as connect to leaders and organizations in your community to help address real issues. Public Allies bases our selection of applicants on Core Competencies.