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Phoenix, Ariz. (July 1, 2016) – The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation graduated its tenth Public Allies Arizona class on June 30th at the Balsz Community Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Public Allies is an AmeriCorps national youth leadership organization that places service-minded young people in apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations throughout the community. It identifies talented young adults from diverse backgrounds and advances their leadership through a ten-month program of full-time, paid apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations, leadership trainings, and team service projects.
“It has been an exciting year as Public Allies Arizona took on new initiatives to engage a more diverse population of young people as we grow to develop the next generation of leaders,” said Irma Q. Leyendecker, Director of Public Allies Arizona at the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation. “After ten great years of impact, we look ahead to another ten years of creating a just and equitable society and the leadership to sustain it,” she added.
Completing its tenth year in Arizona, Public Allies recognizes 32 first-year Allies, six second-year Allies and the 23 Partner Organization nonprofits where the Allies completed their apprenticeships.
Graduating First-Year Allies:
Graduating Second-Year Allies:
The June 30th ceremony included remarks from Irma Q. Leyendecker, Director of Public Allies Arizona at the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. Other speakers included Blake Thurston, School Library Media Consultant (Pioneer Preparatory Academy) a graduating First Year Ally; Ceyshe’ Napa, Community Development and Engagement Program Coordinator (Phoenix and South Mountain Community Colleges/Center for Neighborhood Leadership) a graduating Second Year Ally and Michael Soto, Economic Equity Policy Manager (Arizona Community Action Association), a Public Allies Arizona alumnus. Additionally, an Honorary Ally Award was presented to Sarah Lords, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for the International Rescue Committee and a Partner Organization Supervisor of the Year Award was given to Ken Lewis, Community Relations Manager (Native American Connections).
Additional information about the 2015-2016 year includes:
Over $4.6 million in external grant dollars have been awarded to the ASU Lodestar Center in support of Public Allies Arizona since the program's launch in 2006. When accounting for the value of in-kind support, as well as funds invested by the nonprofits to have an Ally placed within their agencies, the total financial investment is almost $1.1 million this year and more than $9.5 million over the past ten years.
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ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation
The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit education, research and technical assistance. The ASU Lodestar Center exists to enhance the quality of life in communities through the advancement of nonprofit leadership practices and provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, donors and volunteers by offering a selection of capacity building workshops, conferences, classes, and programs. For more information, please visit: lodestar.asu.edu.
Public Allies Arizona
Public Allies Arizona, now beginning its eleventh year at Arizona State University, is an AmeriCorps national youth leadership organization that places service-minded young people in apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations throughout the community. It identifies talented young adults from diverse backgrounds and advances their leadership through a 10-month program of full-time, paid apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations, leadership trainings, and team service projects. For more information, please visit lodestar.asu.edu/pa.