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!

Video | An alumni profile

Esteban (Steve) Ramos, New York Ally ’00

If you’re reading this blog because you are wondering about applying to Public Allies, you’ll want to know some of our more than 3,000 alumni. They’re an impressive bunch of people who have some interesting things to say about their Ally experience.  We’ve introduced you to a few already — people like Patrick Carroll Tafarai Bayne, Raj Shukla and Nelly Nieblas. Each originally came to Public Allies for a different reason, and each took their experiences forward in a different way.

Today, we’d like you to meet Esteban (Steve) Ramos, who graduated with the inaugural New York class in 2000. He’s doing terrific work as the executive director of an organization called FYI — Fresh Youth Initiatives — in the Washington Heights Neighborhood of New York City. It’s the same organization that hosted him as an Ally. FYI and Public Allies have a lot of things in common, and one of them is a belief in engaging the community in its own solutions. In this case, FYI engages young people who have done a lot to make their neighborhood a better place. Inspiring stuff! Enjoy the video.

:: Learn more about Fresh Youth Initiatives here.

ON THE VERGE: Rachel Johnson, New York (and a Rebeca Rubi Update)


During the short history of this blog, we’ve featured Allies, Staff and Alumni.  However, this Friday, we’ve got another installment of On The Verge, featuring applicants who are on the verge of becoming Allies for 2010.  Our next profile is Rachel Johnson, who we met through a comment that she posted on the debut segment of OTV. We interviewed Rachel via e-mail to learn about where she’s at with the process in applying to Public Allies New York.  Rachel’s responses are in BOLD.

How did you first hear about Public Allies?

I first heard about Public Allies while doing a random search on a website called Idealist.org, which has a host of information on nonprofit organizations as well as internships and jobs.

What convinced you to apply for Public Allies?

I saw a great opportunity to get involved with an organization that is training diverse young leaders for the future of the nonprofit sector and I believe I will meet some unique individuals that will help me become a better leader. The entire program really lines up with what I would look for in an apprenticeship (teamwork) and overall the program genuinely excites me to want to become a Public Ally.

What surprised you about the Public Allies Application Process, compared to other jobs/experiences you have applied for?

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On the Verge: Rebecca Rubi, New York

Is Rebeca Excited or Exhausted? You decide!

During the short history of this blog, we’ve featured Allies, Staff and Alumni.  However, this Friday, we’re debuting a new segment called On The Verge, featuring applicants who are on the verge of becoming Allies for 2010.  Our first profile is Rebeca Rubi, who I first met when she participated on a Virtual Intro Session waaaay back in November 2009.  I interviewed Rebecca via e-mail to learn about where she’s at with the process in applying to Public Allies New York.  Rebeca’s responses are in BOLD below.

How did you first hear about Public Allies?

I heard about Public Allies from my friend Alexandra McAnarney who is currently a Public Ally in Miami.
What convinced you to apply for Public Allies?

I realized that Public Allies would be a great fit for me because have always wanted to make a difference in my life and help people in need, but I wasn’t sure how to create a career out of that wish. Public Allies seems Read the rest of this entry »

Video | What are Allies getting done?

Earlier this year, 10 of the Public Allies communities took part in a “Fill-a-Flip Blitz.” Each used a company-issued Flip camera to videotape stories about what was going on around Ally Nation.

We’ve receieved Flip material from six of the 10 participating communities so far. It has been my job to log all the material and turn it into edited videos, and I gotta say it’s easy to feel like an underachiever as I listen to these interviews — with Allies, Alumni, staff, and the people who are working with Allies in their placements. There are so many passionate, capable people doing and supporting Public Allies work.

Anyhoo, some of the videos you have seen and will see on this blog come from the Fill-a-Flip project, and here’s one more. I spliced together snippets of interviews with 16 Allies as they described the work they are doing in their placements. The interviews come from Arizona, Chicago, Maryland, New York and North Carolina and were conducted in April. The Allies you’ll meet here are at or near the end of their placements now, and getting ready for Presentations of Learning (PublicAllySpeak for year-end reports) and graduation. Give ’em props for all they’ve accomplished! Their names, in order of appearance, with their Ally communities …

Ashley Brown, North Carolina; George Morse, North Carolina; Ben Garcia-Spitz, Chicago; Megan Anderson, Chicago (you may recall her from an earlier post); Ella Nguyen, North Carolina; Brandon Johnson, Arizona; Yasmeen Nanwalala, Chicago; Eduardo Cordon, Chicago; Tarnasia Lundy, New York; Kelsey Addy, Maryland; Robert Wheatfall, Chicago; Robbie Flick, Maryland (with his boss); Bola Odejayi, Maryland; Akil Meade, Maryland; Raquel Rodriguez, Maryland (with one of her mentees); and John “JD” VanSlyke, Chicago.

Why it’s a great idea to host an Ally

We recently collected video interviews from Public Allies sites around the country (there are currently 18 of them). Using a Flip video camera, Public Allies staff collected stories about our organization. This video contains a sampling of comments from people who supervise Public Allies at their nonprofit organizations. By watching it, you’ll get an idea of the many different roles Allies fill and the impact they have. We figured it would be a nice post to start your week, because everyone in it is happy (to have an Ally). Enjoy!

You can find details about hosting an Ally on our official website. Most sites are still accepting applications for the 2010-11 year.

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.

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