As of 7/7/22, Public Allies North Carolina 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.

Public Allies North Carolina is a program of the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development. Our work is made possible through funding from the AmeriCorps.

Public Allies North Carolina

  • 114 W. Parish Street, Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 956-2333


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?


Urban Ministries of Wake working to meet unprecedented needs

Public Allies North Carolina Alum Nick Robertson is stepping into action to meet the community's need during the COVID-19 crisis

“We serve roughly 50 people a day, and through everything that’s going on right now, that is up to maybe about 70 people a day and probably more sometimes,” said Nick Robertson, who works at Urban Ministries of Wake County. Under normal circumstances, clients using Urban Ministries of Wake are screened to confirm identity and residency in Wake County and clients could only get a food pickup every 90 or 30 days depending on age.