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Leadership is not a position to be held, but an action to be taken.

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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 all 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.

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Illustrations of people with disabilities

People-First Language: Putting the Person Before the Disability

Identifying a person or group primarily by their disabilities subjects them to devaluation, marginalization, and prejudice. By replacing outdated and offensive terms that describe what a person has with terms that assert what a person is, we put a person before their medical diagnosis. According to EARN, “People-first language (PFL) emphasizes the individuality, equality, and Read More

Public Allies Wisconsin Names New Executive Director

It is with great excitement that Public Allies announces the appointment of Adriana (Nanis) Rodriguez as the new Executive Director of Public Allies Wisconsin. As Executive Director of Public Allies Wisconsin, Nanis will be charged with leading a growing, multi-region program encompassing Public Allies Milwaukee and Public Allies Racine/Kenosha, as well as related alumni programming. Read More

Perfectionism and White Supremacy

White supremacy shows up in even the most well-intentioned organizations. As explained by Tema Okun of dRworks, it doesn’t always look like overt discrimination; the subtler characteristics of white supremacy can be just as ingrained and harmful. By explicitly naming and challenging these characteristics, organizations can take steps towards establishing a more equitable and inclusive Read More

Toxic Polarization Threatens Our Democracy. Here’s How National Service Can Save Us.

By Jenise Terrell and Kristen Bennett for USA Today Trust is the backbone of American democracy. But trust in the media, the federal government and our neighbors is hard to come by, and our democracy continues to face growing threats from misinformation and polarization. A new report from More in Common found that less than 30% of Americans in Read More

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW

Several Public Allies locations are still accepting applications to serve in our 10 Month Apprenticeship Program or host an Ally.  Click the buttons below to learn more.

About Our Allies:

AmeriCorps Allies are individuals from our communities who are committed to making a difference through service, and who are looking for an opportunity to build skills and a network of emerging grassroots leaders. Our AmeriCorps Ally program, which generally lasts 10 months and is a paid opportunity with benefits, 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. 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.

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