Public Allies Mississippi is a program of the Foundation for the Mid South, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Our program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Public Allies is a national movement committed to advancing social justice and equity by engaging and activating the leadership capacities of our young people.
We believe that communities already have the leadership they need to create lasting social change. Public Allies seeks to find and cultivate those leaders and connect them to the issues and causes that ignite their passion.
This 10 month paid internship is currently taking applications for the 2017-18 program year and will begin with a week-long, mandatory orientation in late October, 2017. There will but up to 20 placements between the Mississippi Delta and the Jackson metro area.
Public Ally positions are available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, criminal record, political affiliation, marital or parental status, military service, community, or social affiliations. In fact, we work hard to ensure our program is as diverse as possible. Anyone over 17 years with a high school diploma or GED, and who is a U.S. citizen or has permanent residency, is welcome to apply.
Public Allies Program Goals:
1) Promote social justice and equity through young adult leadership development
2) Introduce an often overlooked career opportunity, non-profit leadership, as a great way to impact your community and to utilize diverse skillsets
3) Increase the number of post-secondary education seekers amongst those who want to work in non-profit areas
4) Encourage community involvement for the common good
The pilot class has been hosted by partners in the Jackson and Delta regions. During the pilot year of the program (2016-17) the initial cohort of seventeen was hosted by eleven different Partner Organizations responsible for providing each Ally with a meaningful body of work that will help to support long-term capacity building in the community and organization.
The Partner Organizations are:
1) Tougaloo College – M.A.N.U.P.! Project
2) Springboard to Opportunities
3) Foundation for the Mid South
4) One Voice of Mississippi
5) 100 Black Men of Jackson
6) Quitman County Development Organization
7) New Way Mississippi
8) Cary Christian Center
9) We2gether Creating Change
10) Warren-Washington-Issaquena-Sharkey Community Action Agency (WWISCAA)
11) Aaron E. Henry Community Health Agency
For more information on Public Allies visit www.publicallies.org.