Be the Change…Be a Public Ally


Stream of Consciousness

Stream of Consciousness

Volunteering on this public art piece inspired Nikki to pursue Public Allies

Over at the Public Allies Silicon Valley/San Francisco Facebook Fan Page, Ally Nikki Lau reflects on how she came to Public Allies, and what she’s learned so far.  Among these learnings:

I have been most fortunate, that I get to share my passion, knowledge, and encouragement with my youth because they have given me that and so much more.  I genuinely hope that my presence is a positive influence on their lives, as they have been on mine.

As our Allies hit the “mid-year” point of their term, it’s an opportunity for great reflection on this leadership journey.  We hope that it’ll provide insight for you on the type of  journey you’ll be taking, should you become an Ally this fall.  Stay tuned, and we’ll keep linking more reflections from our current class of Allies.

If you’ve got a hankering for more stories, we’ve also set up another blog —  Ally Snapshots,  where we’re following the journeys of 13 Allies from across our network.

Application Countdown Q&A | Josh Whitehead

As we count down to the final application deadline for the next Public Allies class, we invite you to listen to snippets from conversations we’ve had with our Alumni. As you do, you’ll get a glimpse into the Public Allies experience and the impact it has on a person’s life and career. Today, please meet Josh Whitehead, a Cincinnati 2001 alumnus. Josh grew up in Memphis and learned about Public Allies when he was a grad student studying community planning at the University of Cincinnati. Now he has a law degree and he’s back in Memphis, where he’s the Memphis and Shelby County Planning Director.

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What Will You Do As An Ally?

Our San Francisco and Silicon Valley Allies invite you to consider the possibility…

Getting Ready for the New Season…

"Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose!"

We’re in the process of updating all of our information, and bringing this blog into 2011. In the meantime, be sure to check out the FAQ tagged articles, as that information will never “go out of style.”

Finally, let us know in the comments what you’d like us to answer or address in upcoming blog posts. Til then, thanks for visiting, and best of luck in this current recruitment season.

Video | Giving back to his community

Nigel Okunubi grew up in affordable housing in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. At his housing project, there was a youth center that was responsible for a lot of Nigel’s important milestones as a kid. So when he found out that it was closing, he decided to do something.

Nigel spearheaded an effort to create a new youth organization to fill the gap that was left by the closing. As founder and executive director of the Adams Morgan Youth Leadership Academy, he’s in a leadership role in his old neighborhood, and helping kids he can relate to.

This video was created in support of Public Allies’ year-end fund-raising campaign. We thought the folks who follow this blog would like to see it, too.

:: To learn more about the Adams Morgan Youth Leadership Academy, click here.
:: To learn more about our year-end fundraising campaign, click here.

Video | Why is our boss promising to jump into a lake?

Because it’s year-end fund-raising time, that’s why! Paul Schmitz, our fearless leader, has never done the Polar Bear Plunge thing before, but he’s willing to do it now if we meet our fund-raising goal. In case you haven’t heard about it before, the Polar Bear Plunge is quite the New Year’s Day tradition in certain chilly places around the country, including here in Milwaukee where Public Allies is based.

Check back to see how it turns out!

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