Public Allies is a social justice organization committed to changing the face and practice of leadership by recruiting and training talented young leaders, with a passion for social impact, to create meaningful change in our community. Our Allies are diverse, equity-centered, innovative problem solvers, dedicated to mobilizing community assets to develop solutions to local challenges. In partnership with nonprofit partners, we deliver our nationally recognized, values-driven, results-led apprenticeship to advance our mission to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it.
Public Allies Arizona is a program of the Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Our program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
To create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it.
WHAT WILL YOU BECOME?
“Public Allies [is] all about promise – finding it, nurturing it, and putting it to use.”
– Former First Lady, Michelle Obama
Core to our values is a belief that we are all on a journey to grow as individuals and as leaders in our community. Where will your journey take you?
PUBLIC ALLIES ARIZONA ANNOUNCES EXPANSION INTO GREATER TUCSON
Public Allies Arizona will expand to Southern Arizona in early 2020, bringing to Tucson an AmeriCorps program that has developed more than 400 young leaders since its launch in Phoenix in 2006. Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, the operating partner for Public Allies Arizona, co-hosted an evening reception in Tucson on Tuesday, Nov. 12, to celebrate the launch and to honor Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who was a catalyst in bringing the program to the city.
“So many young leaders have been shut out of the process,” said Terry Marks, director of Public Allies Arizona. “And every time Public Allies is able to expand and bring in new young adults into the fold, we are provided with a greater reach into communities in need of positive social impact.”
Public Allies Arizona – Tucson will start with a cohort of 10 Allies, placed at the following organizations: Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, Community Food Bank So. AZ, CPLC Community Schools, El Rio Santa Cruz Health Center, Greater Tucson Leadership, Local First Arizona, Pima Community College, Reid Park Zoo, St. Luke’s Home, and Tucson Clean & Beautiful.
During their apprenticeships, the Allies will also participate in service projects, mentoring and peer-to-peer coaching, and training days on topics like leadership and social justice. After completing the program, they receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for furthering their education.
“Our Public Allies Arizona model of leadership is timely and proven, which makes our expansion into Greater Tucson so exciting,” said Dr. Robert Ashcraft, executive director of the ASU Lodestar Center and Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise. “The launch of Public Allies Arizona in Tucson builds on our Center’s long-standing capacity building programs offered for years in Tucson and this newest effort holds great promise for engaging young, diverse leaders to advance the missions of vital nonprofit organizations serving in the region,” Ashcraft added.