Become a Public Ally
Public Allies Arizona is a 10-month, paid AmeriCorps program designed to develop the next generation of civic leaders. We seek dedicated, service-minded people to become Public Allies with nonprofit organizations in the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas.
Our Allies come from diverse backgrounds, and you don't need to attend ASU to participate. Learn how to apply.
About the program
Based in 25 cities across the country, Public Allies is a social justice organization committed to creating a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. Our Allies build relationships with a cohort of like-minded individuals as they work toward lasting change.
- We are changing the face of leadership. Allies engage in 10 months of paid, work-based learning with local nonprofit, social service or government agencies. See which organizations have hosted our Public Allies.
- We believe knowledge is power. Allies transform their leadership and professional skills through a powerful curriculum and inspiring retreats led by community leaders, nonprofit professionals and peers.
- We go where the need is greatest. WIth a range of service initiatives, Allies work alongside community members to create innovative responses and sustainable solutions to real local needs.
- We look inward to advocate for outward change. Allies receive professional and peer-to-peer coaching to enhance personal development and convert feedback into action.
Who can apply?
Each year, people of widely diverse backgrounds are selected to join our Public Allies Arizona AmeriCorps program. Our application is open to any U.S. citizen or permanent resident at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED. You do not need to be an ASU student. Legal histories considered.
We especially encourage you to apply to Public Allies Arizona if you are:
- Interested in or passionate about community change work or a career in the nonprofit sector
- Highly motivated to learn professional skills
- Open to diversity, new ideas and being challenged to become a better leader
- Able to commit to 10 months of full-time service (averaging 40-50 hours per week)
- Underemployed or unemployed
How to apply for Public Allies Arizona
You will fill out the application on the Public Allies national website. Carefully review and complete the application, making sure to select Arizona as your site.
Be sure to include all of the required documents:
- Essay or video response: "What drives you?"
- LinkedIn profile, resume, or a description of your experiences
See the application for details. No references required.
- Exposure to local issues and the nonprofit sector
- 10-month, full-time apprenticeship to gain real work experience at a reputable community organization
- $20,000 (gross) stipend
- Healthcare benefits, childcare stipend (if eligible), and student loan deferment for qualified federal student loans while in the program
- Individual mentoring and peer-to-peer coaching to enhance your personal and professional capacity to do community change work
- $6,345 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for college, vocational training, professional development or eligible student loans
- Lifelong connections with their Ally cohort
- Access to the Arizona and National Public Allies Alumni Network for support and networking opportunities
Additional program elements
- Participate in Team Service Projects
- Serve a minimum of 1,700 hours
- Serve as an AmeriCorps member
- Attend bi-weekly professional development and leadership trainings
- Attend team-building/leadership-development retreats
- Attend professional conferences and events related to the service movement and volunteerism
- Participate in 360° Leadership Development Feedback