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 New York is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Our work is made possible through funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Public Allies New York

  • 50 Broadway #2400, New York, NY 10004
  • (646) 237-7790


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?


BronxConnect Hires Minister Onleilove Alston

Graduate of Public Allies New York Class of 2004-2005

BronxConnect is pleased to announce the recent hire of Minister Onleilove Chika Alston, as the Lead Community Organizer working from their 149th street office. Within this role, Alston will develop the leadership of youth and families who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. She will also build coalitions and partnerships with faith leaders and advocacy organizations.

De Blasio Administration Launches National Service Support Center

20 new Public Allies Indianapolis members take oath of service

“AmeriCorps programs such as Public Allies have given New Yorkers the platform to create the change they want to see in the world by directly serving in their own communities,” said Uthman Olowa, Public Allies NY AmeriCorps Member.

Public Allies New York alum: ‘I was born to serve, love, and lead’

We Are Elmont Founder and Public Allies New York (’14) alum, Karl Valere, featured in a recent interview

When Karl Valere was growing up on Long Island, he remembers hearing a lot of anti-Haitian sentiment expressed on TV and across the world. His parents, who were born and raised in Haiti, would say to him: “We’re not what they say we are. We’re more than that. We have dignity. We respect ourselves and this country, and we love living in this country. That’s who we are. That’s why we’re here.”