Today's young Americans are the most diverse in history, and they are inheriting some of our country's greatest challenges. But too often, promising young people who want to make a difference in their communities lack the resources and support to do so. So Public Allies recruits young leaders who are often overlooked: many are remaking their lives after incarceration, foster care, gang involvement, or early parenthood. Through the AmeriCorps Ally Program, these diverse young adults engage in 10 months of leadership training, mentorship, and practical learning through full-time, paid apprenticeships at local nonprofits. The Pathways initiative provides crucial support for next steps, offering a series of trainings, activities, and support structures to help Allies successfully transition to careers and higher education. With 85% of Public Allies’ 3,200 alumni pursuing careers in public service, the model is a win-win: your support nurtures young leaders … and works for the common good.

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Budget (FY2016)

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  • $1 million to $3 million
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About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

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