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Public Allies Arizona

Become an Ally

Public Allies Arizona places service-minded individuals in 10-month internships at local nonprofit organizations

Host an Ally

Partner organizations are mission-driven nonprofits that provide a quality mentor-mentee relationship for each Public Ally.

Get Involved

You don't have to become an Ally to serve your community. Join us in making the world a better place—a little at a time.

Public Allies' mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it.


Public Allies Arizona has a long history of engaging young emerging leaders in Arizona. Serving across the Valley in more than 100 nonprofit organizations, nearly 400 alumni have participated in the program since its inception. The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation added Public Allies to its portfolio of programs in 2006, aligning with the Center's focus to build the capacity of those who lead, manage and support nonprofit organizations.

Strategic Goals

  • Engage Men of Color and Opportunity Youth to ensure a successful pathway and access to education, career, and continued community service
  • Provide training, consulting, and practice in leadership development and diversity/inclusion in all sectors
  • Connect with the leadership of DREAMers and DACA students in civic engagement
  • Focus on priorities important to Public Allies communities, including a comprehensive racial, economic, and social justice agenda

Program Components

  • Placement and Practice: Allies work with local respected nonprofit organizations to further community services and social justice in a variety of fields and issue areas. Allies learn about how to do significant and meaningful community work in areas such as youth development, health, education, economic development, and public safety. See our list of previous partner organizations for examples of the kind of work past Allies have done.
  • Continuous Learning: Allies participate in bi-weekly training days, receiving rigorous leadership training from seasoned and respected community leaders, nonprofit professionals, and peers; and developing a wide range of skills, knowledge and abilities. Allies gain experience in communication and critical thinking, appreciation of diversity, ability to resolve conflict, personal accountability, nonprofit management, and recognition of community assets. Allies also have the opportunity to attend nonprofit conferences through the Lodestar Center and the Arizona Governor’s Commission for further professional development.
  • Service: Allies work together to create innovative responses to local community needs through Team Service Projects. Team service projects are an opportunity for allies to learn and strengthen Team Building skills, understand their personal influence and power, see a project through to community impact, and hone communication skills. All of this is possible with the support and guidance of a 2nd year ally, Alumni, and a Program Manager. Allies join AmeriCorps members throughout the country in service on the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Make a Difference Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Cesar Chavez Day, and Global Youth Service Day. 
  • Evaluation and Reflection: Allies learn to evaluate themselves via critical self-reflection and structured constructive feedback from peers and supervisors. Allies are matched with a Program Manager that will serve as a personal coach to assist in thinking through challenges and assumptions so that goals can be achieved by the end of the program. Allies are matched with peers in the cohort to form a team that will provide feedback about progress and leadership styles. Allies are required to reflect on their experience and impact in the community by reporting every month to ensure that they are making a difference.


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