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Our mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. We are changing the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating our conviction that everyone can lead, and that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together.
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.
Through our signature AmeriCorps program, Public Allies identifies talented young adults from diverse backgrounds and advances their leadership through a ten month program of full-time, paid apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations, weekly leadership trainings, and team service projects.
Recognized by the Bush and Clinton administrations as a model for national service, Public Allies operates in 10 communities and has more than 1,500 Alumni nationwide. Evaluations have demonstrated our effectiveness at advancing diverse young leaders, strengthening communities, strengthening nonprofits, and strengthening civic participation.