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Like never before, our country needs leaders who will recognize and activate all of a community’s assets, connect people across cultures, and facilitate collaborative action.

Today’s Americans are the most diverse in history, and they are inheriting some of our country’s greatest challenges. Racial and socioeconomic barriers to meaningful and family-sustaining employment perpetuate inequality and limit the life chances of too many promising people. The employment rate for marginalized adults is at its lowest level in decades, and far too many people of color struggle to gain a foothold in the job market.

Public Allies is intentional about recruiting emerging leaders whose promise and potential are too frequently overlooked, dismissed, or ignored, including adults aging out of the foster care system; our siblings who must remake their lives following incarceration; and single parents seeking a bridge from GED to college and career. They need – and deserve – opportunities like Public Allies to activate their full leadership potential.