Are you or someone that you know interested in exploring a career in the nonprofit sector? Do you want to develop your ability to leverage assets and make an impact on your community? Public Allies Pittsburgh is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 program year, which runs September through June. Apply or nominate someone today!
Public Allies Pittsburgh is an AmeriCorps program opperated locally by Coro Pittsburgh, and integrates some of Coro’s methodology and best practices into its leadership development training. There are four components to the 10-month, full-time program:
Full-Time Paid Placement with a Nonprofit
For 10 months, 4 days a week, Allies serve at a local nonprofit. Through this experience they develop transferable skills, learn the day-to-day operations of their organization, expand their professional networks, and increase their understanding of the issues that their community is facing.This year’s placement partners include:
- Goodwill of Southwestern PA
- YMCA Hazlewood
- Homewood Children’s Village
- Center that C.A.R.E.S.
- Kelly Strayhorn Theatre
- Bike PGH
- Pittsburgh AIDS Taskforce
Professional Leadership Development Training
Allies receive weekly training sessions, delivered by active community leaders and subject matter experts. Topics include:
- Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
- Community Organizing
- Facilitation (small and large groups)
- Public Speaking
- Backwards Planning
Team Service Projects
Each class of Allies (usually 25-30 people) is broken into smaller groups of 7-10, and are assigned to work within a community, exploring the assets, and collaborating with a community organization to develop and implement a long-term service project to be carried out during the 10 months. Past projects have included neighborhood cleanup initiatives, community surveys, resource fairs.
Professional Development Coaching
In addition to the group training, each Ally works with a staff member to identify what they want to do when they complete the program, and meet regularly to establish goals and timelines for completion. For some, this is a path to employment, others education. And following the 2016-2017 program year, Allies will also receive a year of follow-up services to ensure that they are following their path and have help where needed.
- $1,400 Monthly Stipend (taxable) / $14,000 over 10 months
- Education Award of $5,730 upon completion (for Federal Student Loans)
- Access to Health Care
- Student Loan Deferment
The application can be found at this link and is due by May 31st, 2016. The selection process begins in June, acceptance into the program is contingent upon succesful placement with a partner organization.
Michael Baltzer, Recruitment Manager