As of 7/7/22, Public Allies Detroit has temporarily paused operations and is not accepting Ally or Partner applications at this time.

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Public Allies is a social justice organization committed to changing the face and practice of leadership by recruiting and training talented emerging 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.

Our program is made possible through funding from AmeriCorps.

Public Allies Detroit

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To create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it.


“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?



Join National Public Allies National Cohort Initiative

In response to the inequities exposed and worsened by Covid-19, Public Allies Detroit will join a new national initiative of  Public Allies that connects one hundred emerging leaders from across the country.  For the next ten months dozens of emerging leaders from Detroit will be trained, connected, and deployed in their communities – especially those hardest hit by the pandemic.

A look inside Detroit’s black transgender community

Being trans is tough – even in today’s more tolerant climate. But being black and trans is even tougher. But instead of hiding, a wave of local black trans advocates are waging their own civil rights fight – standing tall and pushing back.

Alexandria Celestine, Class of 2019, was featured in BLAC, a lifestyle magazine for African Americans in and around Detroit. The article is called, “A look inside Detroit’s black transgender commuity”, and references Celestine’s work with Trans Sistas of Color Project (TSOCP) and their advocacy against violence of trans people of color.

Healthy Dearborn intern: a voice for individuals with disabilities

People with disabilities are often overlooked in public health surveys, data analyses and health reports, making it difficult to raise awareness about their health status and existing disparities, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Tameka Spruce (class of 2017-2018), intern for Beaumont Health’s Community Health Outreach, knows all about it, after becoming disabled in a car accident when she was only six months old. Her father was driving, fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into the back of a garbage truck.

Community program exposes talented artist

Dejuan McTaw grew up in Detroit. He moved around a lot as a child, before graduating from Harrison High School in Farmington Hills in 2013. Like most people, Dejuan wasn’t sure what he wanted to do after high
school. Then he found a program called Public Allies.