Signature AmeriCorps Apprenticeship
Our signature 10-month, full-time work-based learning experience informed by growing evidence that volunteerism is a key pathway to civic participation and economic well-being for young adults. Each year we recruit a class of Allies from diverse neighborhoods, backgrounds, and identities, to serve, work, learn, and grow together in a supportive community.
Our Allies are matched with over local nonprofits, schools, and public agencies where they work 4 days a week in capacity-building roles to help organizations broaden their impact.
The Pathways Program includes a series of trainings, activities, and programmatic support that are designed to help Allies identify and advance toward career and educational goals.
Trauma-Informed Group Mentoring
In response to the needs of the city’s youth and schools, Public Allies Chicago, in collaboration with Communities in Schools of Chicago, has identified high-need Chicago Public Schools (CPS) partners to host Allies. All 50 Allies are trained to deliver an evidence-informed, trauma-based leadership development curriculum to youth at host schools throughout the city. Allies work directly with youth 2-3 hours a day, 2 days per week. In addition to delivering the curriculum, Allies, many of whom are from violence-prone neighborhoods themselves, build mentoring relationships with these youth. Allies complete their engagement with the public schools in addition to all the program elements.
Recent Alumni Announcements
“Recently elected as Co-Chair of the UW-Madison Campus Climate & Diversity.” – Sir Williams, Public Allies Chicago, 2006
Once Allies complete our program, they are forever part of the Public Allies family. Our Alumni Programs connect and engage the growing Public Allies network of diverse leaders, providing support for graduates’ career development, influence, impact, and civic engagement. We help advance #PAAlum into nonprofit and public leadership roles so that they can put Public Allies’ values into practice, enabling their communities to more effectively address social issues and move toward greater equity and justice.