Public Allies is a national movement grounded in the conviction that everyone leads. This AmeriCorps program has been in Pittsburgh since 2006, developing young leaders in partnership with Coro Center for Civic Leadership. In its first year, the Public Allies Pittsburgh Class included 25 AmeriCorps members serving as apprentices at 16 partner organizations. Between 2006 and 2009, the staff is proud to have received 249 applications, of which 77 were selected to serve as apprentices in nonprofit organizations across the region.
Public Allies Placements
AmeriCorps members support community projects in partnership with local nonprofit organizations in this full-time, paid apprenticeship opportunity. Participants go through intensive skills training, active community-building projects, personalized coaching, and critical reflection over 10-months.
As AmeriCorps members, Pittsburgh Public Allies have dedicated over 108,000 volunteer hours to Southwestern PA residents, communities and nonprofits. In addition, our allies have served over 74,000 people and recruited over 4,500 volunteers to help the region.
Public Allies: Requirements & Benefits
As Public Allies, you are required to:
1. Serve four days per week at your placement, and train on the fifth day.
2. Create, improve and expand services that address diverse issues such as youth development, education, healthy futures, economic opportunity, and environmental stewardship.
3. Attend intensive weekly skill training and leadership development seminars.
4. Work in community building and team projects with a diverse cohort of peers.
5. Perform presentations of learning at the end of the year to demonstrate how each Ally met the learning outcomes of the program.
Public Allies receive as benefits for their service:
1. Critical feedback, reflection, and personal coaching toward individual performance and professional goals.
2. Earn a monthly stipend of $1,400.
3. Health care, child care, student loan deferment, and a post-service education award of $5,550.
The minimum requirements to be a Public Ally are:
1. U.S. citizenship or legal permanent resident status
2. Be at least 17 years of age
3. Have a high school diploma or GED
Interested in making a significant impact on your community? Public Allies Pittsburgh is seeking dedicated, service minded Allies to be part of this ten-month apprenticeship in nonprofit organizations in the Pittsburgh area. You must be passionate about social issues, interested in working with a diverse group of people, and ardent about developing your full leadership potential. Click here to apply online - applications are due April 6th!