10 Months…

Just put together our congratulations video for over 500 Allies that are completing their Apprenticeship. For those who are curious about what happens during a term, these 45 seconds do a pretty good job of capturing it.  Congrats again to our Class of 2012, our newest batch of Alumni!


Tweet #allies2013!

I've assembled the finest group of current Allies to answer your questions....

For those of you who want to get real-time responses to questions about  the Ally experience, we’ve been asking you to tweet to #allies2013.   Now, we’ve got more eyes paying attention to that feed besides our Director of National Recruitment, we’ve added a roster of Allies who will also respond to that hashtag:

PA Connecticut
Isabelle M. Delgado*

PA Maryland
PA Central Florida
PA Chicago

Ceci Benitez @Soccergirl1023
Michael Matsey* @shadow_sphere
Kaleena Marquez*

Feel free to tweet them individually, or at #allies2013 if you want to hear from them.  Even if your ideal site is not represented, they’d be happy to share their authentic insights on their experience so far.

CT Ally Derek Santiago’s Mid-Year Presentation of Learning

Connecticut Ally Derek Santiago decides to go the “infomercial” route to describe what he’s learned so far in his term.  In short, ditch P90X.  The “PACT” System is where it’s at.

What’s Next, RJ Mercede?


Who’s next? RJ Mercede, Public Allies Connecticut is next! 

"The Bridgeport TSP Team celebrating the opening of the new Michelle Obama Community Garden at the Bridgeport Community Library. I'm in the center. It was at the end of our very long, yet extremely successful TSP Project -- Bridgeport Beautifies"

This is the fourth in a series of quick e-mail interviews with graduating 2011 Allies, who share with us…well, what’s next for them after graduation. 

So, RJ…What’s Next?   

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Snapshot | Greetings from Connecticut!

All Aboard for the new year!

Across the country, Allies are starting “Core Week”, which is a series of orientation activities intended to get the cohort off to a strong start on their year.  Most sites utilize an “adventure learning” component to build their cohort.   Here’s Connecticut in action, and click on their facebook fan page to see more shots.

Ideas we Like: PA Connecticut’s Serveup

PA CT Allies facilitating a service day.

The notions of creativity and innovation are grounded in our core value of Focusing on Assets — what  are our strengths and gifts, and how can we re-align those to get a better result? To that end, let me introduce you to PA Connecticut Program Manager Tyler Driscoll, who has imagined Serveup, a mobile/web application that makes finding and engaging in service opportunities easier.

It will capture the experiences of community members as they engage in service and provide a space to share ideas about service and leadership in their communities.

We invite you to learn more about it at the Pepsi Refresh campaign website, where it’s in the running for a 50K grant.

Ally Impact: Bridgeport, Connecticut

Bridgeport, CT photographer Mark Smith is featuring on his website a set a photographs from a community portrait session sponsored by Public Allies Connecticut and the Bridgeport Community Trust.  The Bridgeport Allies Team Service Project is renovating family homes to address the decline of affordable housing in their community. Read the rest of this entry »

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