Wanted: ‘Public Allies’ to learn how to be community leaders

By Vicki Rubio / Public Allies program director, Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center

We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Public Allies Indianapolis program. Public Allies is an AmeriCorps program which builds the capacity of organizations and provides professional development to the next generation of nonprofit and community leaders.

The Public Allies Indianapolis program provides a full-time, 10-month (September-June) apprenticeship with a nonprofit or government agency. We work with organizations that focus on a variety of issues, including youth development, health, and housing. In addition, the program includes weekly leadership development training delivered by community leaders.

Who are the Allies? The Allies are amazingly passionate and diverse young professionals who are committed to strengthening our community. They have applied to our program to build their network and their skills for a career serving their communities.

Do you know a young adult (18-35) who is interested in gaining nonprofit and community-building experience? Would they want to be part of a group that’s working for a stronger, more equitable Indianapolis? Could they use money for higher education and the opportunity to build their professional network? Then our program, Public Allies Indianapolis, could be a bridge for them to a career in nonprofits and the public sector.

Public Allies Indianapolis AmeriCorps members’ benefits include:

  • A total stipend of $17,000.
  • Health insurance, child care assistance, access to SNAP benefits, and eligibility for student loan deferment.
  • An education award of $6,345 after successfully completing the program to pay for future education expenses or student loans.
  • Networking connections.
  • Personalized coaching to help Allies reach your goals. 

Applicants can apply to be a Public Ally at publicallies.org/ally-application/. Deadline is June 25. Folks can learn more by contacting me at vrubio@inrc.org.

What are partner organizations? We are looking to collaborate with organizations that are working to make central Indiana more equitable, inclusive, and accessible, as well as those interested in investing in young leaders in Indianapolis. Partner Organizations are a diverse set of 501 (c)(3) nonprofits, government agencies, or public entities that represent the spectrum of organizations engaged in improving the quality of life of Indianapolis.

Public Allies Indianapolis partners with organizations to provide 10-month apprenticeships focused on building the capacity of that organization while advancing the leadership potential of Allies. Allies serve at their partner organization about 32 hours a week for 10 months (September – June) and work on projects like volunteer recruitment, community asset mapping, neighborhood engagement, and more.

Allies support organizations with outreach, engaging stakeholders in program development, partnership building, evaluation and much more. To learn more about the time commitment, partnership fee, and other benefits to hosting an Ally, complete our short interest form at https://publicallies.org/partner-application/ or reach out to vrubio@inrc.org.

PHOTO ABOVE: The Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center is headquartered in The Sol Center, home to Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana, on the eastern edge of Lockerbie Square.