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Through our signature Ally Program, Public Allies advances the skills, networks and experience of diverse young leaders as they strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation. Public Allies selects our communities' most promising young leaders, who commit to a rigorous and rewarding 10-month program of full-time, paid apprenticeships in community organizations, team service projects and bi-weekly leadership training.


Public Allies provides full-time, 10-month apprenticeships in nonprofit agencies where Allies take responsibility for service delivery in areas such as youth development, health, education, economic development and public safety. We offer Allies the chance to gain "real world" experience in a supportive learning environment.

Leadership Training & Development

Allies receive rigorous leadership training from community leaders, professional consultants, and nonprofit and corporate executives -- helping Allies to develop 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, and recognition of community assets.

Team Service Projects

Allies work together to create innovative responses to local community needs through Team Service Projects -- teaching them to mobilize resources in a community and work productively with people from all walks of life.

The Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation added Public Allies to its portfolio of programs in 2006. With its mission to "advance new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits, and civic participation," Public Allies aligns with the Center's focus to build the capacity of those who lead, manage and support nonprofit organizations.

Public Allies program benefits:

  • Young adults interested in social change
  • Nonprofit agencies needing the assistance of an additional young staff member
  • The community as a whole

Public Allies Arizona places dedicated, service minded young people – Allies – in 10-month apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations – Partner Organizations – throughout the Phoenix community.


"Public Allies advances new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation."


In 1992, a diverse group of young social entrepreneurs were helped by a number of established community and national leaders to create Public Allies, believing that there were many energetic, talented young people who wanted to address critical issues in their communities and many organizations and communities who could benefit from their contributions.

Public Allies 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.

Recognized by the Bush and Clinton administrations as a model for national service, Public Allies operates in 19 communities and has more than 2,400 Alumni nationwide. Evaluations have demonstrated our effectiveness at advancing diverse young leaders, strengthening communities, nonprofits, and civic participation.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Gary Comer Youth Center on May 20, 2012 in
Chicago, Illinois.
In this brief excerpt she discusses her time with Public Allies Chicago.

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