We are preparing a new generation of nonprofit and community leaders, and promoting new ways of leadership that are necessary for our changing times. What do we mean by changing times?
As social and economic disparities increase, many community members don’t have access to resources they need to reach their full potential. Whether it is economic, education, health or other needs, they are typically rooted in
While more people are volunteering now than in recent years, many don’t believe they can create lasting change amidst today’s biggest issues.
Nonprofits are not equipped either. Our communities need the resources of a strong nonprofit sector, but it’s a sector that’s struggling to develop future leadership.
To bring a new generation of leaders to our communities, nonprofits, and public service, we must meet them where they are. For communities to reflect the diverse talents of all residents, new leaders must emerge from the grassroots and collaborate across social boundaries.
Young people are growing up in a flatter world, and expecting as much from their work, volunteerism and activism. In a networked world, people are empowered to act and lead from where ever they are. This can benefit communities, but new platforms are needed to engage and connect people at the local level.
Perhaps summarize the story you just told: Our community continues to have problems. Government believes individuals and nonprofits should solve them. Individuals and nonprofits aren’t equipped to solve it. To develop the leadership we need to address these problems, we need to engage a more diverse, flatter generation of young people who don’t respond to traditional leadership styles.
The leadership we need is in our communities and ready to act. There are thousands of young people with the desire to make a difference but do not know how to turn that into their work or career.
Leadership rarely comes from where it is expected. Social change has always resulted from the courageous acts of many, not just the inspiration of a few. If we want to really create change, we must develop leadership at all levels and need to engage as many peole as possible
These are our values and what defines for us the qualities of leadership we seek to cultivate and develop.
Our social impact is changing the face – being a pipeline for a new generation, and changing the practice – promoting the kind of leadership necessary to create positive change now and in the future
FACEBOOK, JULY 2007 USA TODAY , NOVEMBER 3, 2005
<ul><li>New kinds of leadership are needed for an age defined more and more by diversity and participation </li></ul><ul><li>Civic engagement is lowest in diverse communities because people don’t know how to work together </li></ul><ul><li>Nonprofit organizations struggle to recruit, engage, and develop the next generation </li></ul><ul><li>The Millennial generation wants to get involved but don’t know where to start </li></ul>OUR COMMUNITIES, COUNTRY AND WORLD ARE CHANGING RAPIDLY US Census Bureau Report: August 8, 2008 Winograd and Hais: Millenial Makeover, Rutgers University Press, 2008 Robert Putnam, Harvard University: E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and Community in the 21 st Century , 2007 The Bridgespan Group: The Nonprofit Sector’s Leadership Deficit, 2006 Kim, Kunreuther, and Rodriguez: Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of Nonprofit Leadership, Wiley, 2008 Paul Light, NYU: In Search of Public Service, 2004 Shelly Cryer, NYU: Next Generation of Nonprofit Sector Leadership, 2004
Today’s leaders should Look like America will look Connect across cultures Facilitate collaborative action Recognize and mobilize community assets Commit to self-development Be accountable for impact
Allies are placed in 10-month paid apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations where they: <ul><li>serve at least four days per week </li></ul><ul><li>create, improve and expand services that address diverse issues, including youth development, education, public health, economic development and the environment </li></ul><ul><li>earn a monthly stipend of $1,500.00 </li></ul><ul><li>receive healthcare, childcare, student loan deferment and a post-service education award of $5,350 </li></ul>
Allies engage in a rigorous leadership development curriculum delivered by community leaders, practitioners and educators. This program includes: <ul><li>intensive skills training </li></ul><ul><li>personal coaching </li></ul><ul><li>critical feedback and reflection </li></ul><ul><li>community building </li></ul><ul><li>team projects </li></ul><ul><li>personal presentations of learning </li></ul>
<ul><li>Allies are homegrown and more diverse than other service and leadership programs </li></ul><ul><li>Allies are committed to careers in service </li></ul><ul><li>Public Allies expands and improves services at a wide range of nonprofits </li></ul><ul><li>Public Allies’ leadership curriculum is at the cutting edge of leadership theory and practice </li></ul><ul><li>Public Allies does service with communities , not to communities </li></ul><ul><li>Public Allies is cost-effective and leverages a huge ROI </li></ul>Public Allies’ core innovation has been our citizen-centered, values-based approach to leadership Our approach to national service and leadership development is distinct from other programs
Public Allies partners with local universities and nonprofit organizations . These partnerships build local capacity, strengthen management, deliver consistent program quality, leverage trusted brands, and streamline costs. We will have 656 young leaders serving in 21 communities in Fall 2011 Our operating partners American Sunrise ( San Antonio ) Arizona State University School of Nonprofit Leadership and Management Bay Area Community Resources ( Silicon Valley + San Francisco) BRIDGES ( Cincinnati ) Community Development Technologies Center ( Los Angeles ) Coro Center for Civic Leadership ( Pittsburgh ) Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center ( Estes Park ) Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center New Mexico Forum for Youth and Community Development North Carolina Central University School of Public Administration (Raleigh-Durham) RYASAP ( Connecticut ) University of Delaware Center for Community Service and Research University of Maryland- Baltimore School of Public Administration University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Continuing Education Public Allies operates our New York, Chicago and Washington DC sites. Family Services Metro Orlando Central Florida Pillsbury United Communities Twin Cities/Minneapolis-St. Paul
Recognized… by the Bush and Clinton administrations as a model for national service Respected… as a source of best practices for leadership development, community engagement and evaluation for the field; the first AmeriCorps grantee to be contracted as a trainer for all other AmeriCorps grantees
Public Allies has created a scalable, sustainable program model with a track record for impact THIS IS OUR MOMENT The bi-partisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act will more than triple AmeriCorps, and create opportunity for Public Allies to scale Public Allies has been supported by the last three Presidential Administrations and our visibility is increasing rapidly because of our history with the Obamas Of all the jobs I’ve had, if I were ever to do anything again at the drop of a heartbeat, it would be to work at Public Allies. I was really passionate and engaged; it was like a family. I was never happier in my life than when I was working to build Public Allies. First Lady Michelle Obama
Allies are very diverse. More than 67% are people of color, 60% are women, 50% college graduates and 15% LGBT. More than 90% of Partner Organizations every year have reported that Allies met or exceeded their goals and expectations Over 90% of Allies demonstrate significant gains in leadership skills and self confidence Nonprofits hosting an Ally saved over $20,000 as compared to what it would cost to do the same work without Public Allies. Nationally, Allies will save nonprofits more than $12 million this year Received the Pew Center for Civic Change’s prestigious Civic Change Award in 2006 and Fast Company Social Capitalist Award in 2008. Best Practices honored by McKinsey & Company, Bridgespan Group, Cisco, AmeriCorps, and others. RESULTS
Public Allies 2,818 Alumni demonstrate how we are changing the face and practice of leadership. We continue to engage and support this network, investing in those best positioned to make the biggest impact . WE DEVELOP AND SUPPORT AN ACTIVE AND GROWING FORCE FOR SOCIAL IMPACT More than 80% of Public Allies graduates have continued careers in nonprofit and public service . Their level of civic, political, and volunteer activity more than doubles their age cohort. In 1999, Giselle John aged out of foster care into Public Allies New York. Through Public Allies, she worked to empower youth in the foster care system, and afterward completed her BA at John Jay College. She is now a consultant with The Annie E. Casey Foundation working to reform foster care systems in counties in three states. In 1994, while serving as a Public Ally in Washington, D.C., Paul Griffin started City at Peace, which has increased student achievement among 2,000 diverse teens through a program that links arts, service, and tutoring in 7 US cities, Israel and South Africa.