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!


Stories from our Everyone Leads book tour – Miami

Public Allies Miami alumna, Lori Deus, shared her Ally story at our Everyone Leads book signing in Miami, FL.  She grew up in rural Appalachia, but was doing her service in the Afro-Carribbean West Grove neighborhood in Miami.  She reflects on how she learned about community building during that year — on her Team Service Project team, as well as the West Grove neighborhood.



Inspired by Presentations of Learning: Public Allies Miami

This is Presentation of Learning season at Public Allies — at year’s end, all of the Allies have the opportunity to individually present on what he/she has learned about him/herself from this experience in front of a panel and the Public Allies community-at-large.

It can be a powerful experience to witness the learning and insights of Read the rest of this entry »

Snapshot | The Human Not

It's not what you think.

When we came across this photo on Flickr, we got curious. So we tracked down the photographer, Danielle King, a Miami Ally from 2008-09, who is now working toward her PhD in American Politics at the University of Florida. She said she snapped the photo at the Miami Allies’ mid-year retreat in January 2009. She went on to explain …  

So, on the second day, after tossing around a football in the morning, our Program Director and Manager decided that we’d do some of those leadership and communication building exercises that involved us all being awkward in front of each other. We all used to sort of complain about them, but secretly we all loved it.  

We split into two fairly arbitrary groups and linked hands to do the Human Knot (where everyone’s hands are linked over and under one another’s, and you have to detangle to where you’re all holding hands in a circle…no easy feat on four hours of sleep).  

My group finished really, really quickly (my buddy Rich said it’s because we had “superior communication skillz,” and he’d want me to put that z in there). And then we sort of watched as the other group struggled a bit. Actually, we watched and giggled and mocked for a few minutes. I never really put my camera down that weekend, so I snapped a few shots, one of which being this photo. After a couple of minutes though, we realized that they were having a really tough time, and so we each poked our heads over into the other group’s knot and started giving them instructions on how best to detangle. This sped their process up considerably, and afterwards, we all got a pretty nice pat on the back from Kenny, our Porgram Manager, for not just finishing early, but for recognizing that our fellows, and really, our friends, were having a rough time, and using our “skillz” to help them out.  

We all got on kind of freakishly well, and it would show in times like these.  

The photo includes Richard Benitez (’08 & ’09) in the blue polo looking judgmental, and the cluster of people includes Gila Yudewitz, Nate Lettman, Luz Agudelo, Garris Nickle, and I think a slice of Nardia Dixon’s head (all ’09). In case anyone else wants to check out further shenanigans from that weekend, here’s the Flickr link.  

Editor’s postscript: Danielle has a side photography business while she’s in grad school, it’s called Big Day Photo Studio: http://knowledgik.net/bigday. 

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

Jessica Somerhausen lighting a bonfire during the Public Allies Miami Mid-Year Retreat in Oleta River State Park.

Jessica Somerhausen

Who she is: Program Manager, Public Allies Miami

Originally from: “I grew up (for the most part) in Miami, but have also lived in (deep breath, it’s a long list): Spain, Costa Rica, Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Boston. I went to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and double-majored in philosophy and political science.” Read the rest of this entry »

The view from…Miami

Our local sites are taking social media into their own hands to tell their story.  Check out Allies Caitlin MacLaren and Cal Soto take on the Ally experience.

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