Public Allies AmeriCorps Member

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About Public Allies

  • Public Allies is a national movement committed to advancing social justice and equity by engaging and activating the leadership capacities of all people. Our mission: To create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it.
  • 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. Public Allies is intentional about recruiting emerging leaders whose promise and potential are too frequently overlooked, dismissed, or ignore.

Who Are Allies?

  • Public Allies believes that Everyone Leads, that everyone has talents, abilities, and potential to be a leader through the way they live their lives and improve their community. Leaders must come from all backgrounds and all parts of a community if we are going to solve our most urgent problems. We identify and develop diverse leaders (Allies) in communities across the country. These leaders are committed to improving their communities. On average, Allies are 67% people of color, 60% women, 50% college graduates (including some with graduate degrees), and 25% LGBT. Most Allies live in the community they serve, but Public Allies sites will consider applicants who come from a community without a local Public Allies program.

What do Allies Do?

  • Allies serve in full-time apprenticeship positions at local nonprofits, where they create, improve and expand services that address issues including youth development, education, public health, economic development, and the environment. In addition, Allies participate in a rigorous leadership development program; engage in community building activities; contribute to team service projects; and receive individual coaching to support their professional development during their apprenticeship.

Payment and Benefits:

  • The 2023-2024 Public Allies Apprenticeship Program runs from September 2023 to July 2024
  • Students will be placed full-time with a non-profit, participate in over 200 hours of diversity and inclusion training, volunteer in the community, receive 1:1 mentorship, and more
  • Students will earn a living stipend of $22,000, along with an education award of $6,895
  • Free basic medical insurance and employee assistance programs
  • Childcare & Food Share assistance (Depending on household income)
  • Loan forbearance & assistance with loan interests (if applicable) applicable)
  • Potential to earn college credit for service as an Ally

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident at least 17 years of age with a high school diploma or GED.
  • Our AmeriCorps Ally program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, criminal record, political affiliation, marital or parental status, military service, community, or social affiliations. In fact, we work hard to ensure our program is as diverse as possible. 


  • Apply
    • Complete the online application. This isn’t your typical application though, because we are not your typical organization. We’re looking for emerging leaders who are passionate to make a change in their community, and are looking to be challenged and to grow.
    • You can begin the application here.
  • Interview
    • Time for interviews. Yes, plural. While the process may vary by site, generally each site will have you participate in two interviews: an individual interview and a group interview. Collectively, these two interviews will allow staff to really get to know about you, your goals, and how you interact in a group setting.
  • Match
    • You’ve submitted your application and made it through the Public Allies interviews. Now it’s time for matching. Public Allies staff, acting upon your preferences and those of our nonprofit partners, determine what nonprofit you will be partnered with and the work you’ll be doing to improve your community.
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