Who we are
At Public Allies Los Angeles, we believe changing times call for a new kind of nonprofit leadership. Since 1999, we’ve developed more than 400 young leaders. Allies are young, diverse, and passionate social change makers who support community projects in partnership with hundreds of local nonprofit organizations.
Public Allies are diverse, energetic, enthusiastic and ambitious young adults who want to make an impact in communities through performing direct service at organizations. During their 10-month Apprenticeship, Allies change their lives and our community through a rigorous AmeriCorps program that combines full-time, paid apprenticeships in nonprofits with intensive skills training, active community-building projects, personalized coaching, and critical reflection. We provide all of this through a nationally recognized approach that’s rooted in a social justice framework.
How it works
Public Allies are partnered with one of over a dozen local Los Angeles-based organizations for a 10-month (September – June), full-time term of service. While serving with the organization, Allies also receive monthly training, one on one professional development coaching, develop leadership through service and build a network with other Allies in the program. Allies are provided with a monthly living stipend and are eligible to receive an education award at the end of their service.
Our 2016 Partners include:
A Place Called Home
ACLU of Southern California
All People’s Community Center
Alliance for a Better Community
Community Health Councils
Esperanza Community Housing
Families In Schools
First Place for Youth
GreenDot Public Schools
Las Fotos Project
Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust
My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and GRYD
My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and MAYOR’s Office
Pukuu Community and Cultural Services
ServiceWorks South LA at CDTech
St. Francis Center LA
St. John’s Clinic
TRUST South LA
Youth Justice Coalition
Our CDTech Allies are also enrolled, at no cost to the Ally, in Community Planning Courses at Los Angeles Trade Tech in order to further develop their professional and leadership skills. While enrolled in the ComPlan courses, Allies actively engage in understanding, analyzing and creating strategies around social justice issues in the local Los Angeles community.
What we value
At Public Allies Los Angeles, we believe in creating a program builds on our participant’s assets and creates inclusivity. Our Public Allies, Los Angeles values are:
Diversity & Inclusion
Focus on Assets
Who is eligible
The Public Allies, Los Angeles is open anyone 17 and up who have graduated High School or received their GED. We are especially interested in providing opportunities for young South Central Los Angeles-based leaders who have not had the opportunity to access higher education institutions, who are first-time job seekers looking to build their skills and who have an interest in giving back to their community.
For more information about applying, partnering or connecting with Public Allies, Los Angeles, visit www.pala.cdtech.org