Public Allies Delaware
Public Allies Delaware is a program of the University of Delaware Center for Community Research and Service located in the Wilmington office. We offer the nationally-recognized Public Allies AmeriCorps program, providing a pathway for select talented and diverse young leaders to emerge in communities across the state of Delaware. Since 1994, Public Allies Delaware has developed over 420 young leaders, who have completed over 700,000 hours of volunteer service to Delaware.
For 10 months our Allies are placed in paid professional apprenticeships at local nonprofits where they create, improve, and expand services that address varying issues. These issues may include youth development, education, public health, community and economic development, the environment, arts and culture, or housing. Currently there are Allies placed at nonprofits such as United Way of Delaware, University of Delaware, Christiana Care, Nature Conservancy, Great Oaks Charter School and many more. In fact, Public Allies has partnered with more than 250 nonprofits throughout the state.
In addition to the service they provide individually at their apprenticeships, our Allies work together to create and implement sustainable community-led team service projects using an asset-based approach. Allies also participate in weekly trainings with local community and civic leaders on topics such as public speaking, conflict resolution, diversity and oppression, and media literacy.