Public Allies [is] all about promise — finding it, nurturing it, and putting it to use. It was a mandate to seek out young people whose best qualities might otherwise be overlooked and to give them a chance to do something meaningful.Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Founding Executive Director of Public Allies Chicago
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 inspiring leaders dedicated to practicing six core values of Diversity/Inclusion, Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Integrity, Building on Assets, and Innovation. We want our 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.
Program benefits Include:
Being a part of the AmeriCorps national service network
A monthly living stipend (amount varies by location)
$5,920 Eli Segal Education Award
Student loan forbearance or deferment
Networking with nonprofit and community leaders
Leadership skills training
Who can apply?
Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident at least 17 years of age with a high school diploma or GED.
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.