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!


More Core Week! From Delaware…

"They can see us waving from such great heights...come down now..."


From Public Allies Delaware’s Facebook Page

What a great way to cap off Core Training for the Class of 2012!  Yesterday was a warm but almost ideal day to spend swinging from a rope 30 feet in the air in Newark at the UD campus.  The “Adventure Challenge Experience” serves the purpose of developing strong team communication and challenging the individual Ally to achieve new heights (haha).  Dr. Roger Spacht led us through a days-worth of activities and ensured that our harnesses and helmets were fastened securely!


Catching up with…Patrick Carroll, Delaware

Patrick Carroll, PA Delaware Staff Alumnus

Each week we catch up with an Ally or Staff Alum to see what life is like on “the other side” of the Apprenticeship.  This week, we catch up with Patrick Carroll, Staff Alumnus from Public Allies Delaware.  He’s currently the Executive Director of the Delaware Humane Association.  We recently caught up with him on Facebook chat.

MacArthur:  When and where were you with Public Allies, and in what capacity did you serve?
Patrick:  Executive Director for Public Allies Delaware from August 1999 to December 2005.
MacArthur:  When you close your eyes and think of that time, what Read the rest of this entry »

Staff Q&A | Meet the people who read your applications

Jennie Yeow

Who she is: Program Manager, Public Allies Delaware and a Delaware Ally in 2005 and 2006

Originally from: The Cool Spring neighborhood on the Westside of Wilmington, Del. “I am currently renting and renovating the house I grew up in.”

While an Ally: In her first year, she was an assistant teacher at a child care center. As a second-year Ally she worked in-house with Public Allies Delaware.

Before Public Allies: “I was in high school!”

Why Public Allies? “I wanted to surround myself with a group of people who were passionate about social issues with the desire to do something with that passion. I felt like I had won the lottery when I found out about Public Allies!”

What’s it like at your workplace right now? “Crazy! My goal is to balance all things end-of-the-year — 360’s, gift seat, interviews, the matching process, presentations of learning, three-way meetings, retreat, and graduation.”

Most common question you’re hearing right now? “I’m getting a lot of questions (with a nervous quality to them) about presentations of learning. It’s also that time of the year for resumes, cover letters, and recommendations.”

How have the Allies on your team made an impact in your community? “Like all Program Managers, I think my Allies are rock stars! Since mapping a couple of neighborhoods on the west side of Wilmington, my team has been working diligently to facilitate the community’s creation of a recreational baseball league for their youth, centered on an underutilized baseball field at their neighborhood park, Judy Johnson Park. Their underlying hope is that this project will serve as a common goal around which west side neighbors can work in partnership to foster a more vibrant, engaged, and united community.”

Complete the following sentence: If you become an Ally, be ready … “for anything. You will be forced to stretch and grow in ways you could never have imagined. It’s never exactly what you think it’s going to be!”

In 21 words or less: What are the three most essential ingredients for a successful Ally experience?

“1. A willingness to listen and learn from others.

“2. Trust in the process!!

“3. Passion for what you are doing. You won’t make it 10 months without it.

“(I tried to stay under seven words per ingredient, but it didn’t work out.)”

On your desk: “It was tempting to pick the kitten-a-day calendar that my partner gave me for Christmas. It definitely helps when I need a distraction! On a more serious note: On my bulletin board I keep cards, notes, e-mails, etc. that Allies have written to me. When I’m feeling discouraged, they remind me of the awesome work that we’re doing at Public Allies.”

Jennie's kitten-a-day calendar

FAQ: May Ally Application Deadline Update

Milwaukee is no longer accepting Ally applications.

Delaware is only accepting Ally applications for its Summer Alternates List.  If you submit an application for Delaware, then you will only be considered if they still have openings after their summer Matching Fair.  For more info, e-mail PA Delaware.

Cincinnati has extended its Ally Application deadline to May 31, 2010.

May’s Ally Deadlines:

  • May 15, 2010.  New York, Los Angeles
  • May 17, 2010.  Chicago, Silicon Valley, San Francisco
  • May 26, 2010.  North Carolina
  • May 28, 2010.  Arizona
  • May 31, 2010.  Cincinnati, San Antonio

You should expect a decision on your application usually within 2 weeks of the site’s Ally Application deadline.

Why Public Allies? w/Jack Stucker, 2nd Year Ally, Delaware

Jack Stucker is a 2nd Year Ally at Public Allies Delaware.  Watch him sketch out why he did Public Allies.

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