Leadership is a verb. That’s the philosophy underscoring the Public Allies North Carolina (PANC) program. Public Allies North Carolina is an AmeriCorps program that places young adults in a paid, 10-month apprenticeship with local non-profit organizations.
In addition to working in the nonprofit sector, Allies work in groups on team service projects that they identify to demonstrate a measureable, community, economic development impact.
NCIMED is the North Carolina operating partner for Public Allies National Office. During its 15 years of operation, PANC has received broad, community support in the Research Triangle Region and, n recent years, in central and southeastern parts of the state.
Bank of America donated $25,000 to NCIMED in 2013 to provide stipends, training and programs for PANC participants.
Nearly 75 young leaders graduated from Public Allies North Carolina over the past several years.
Allies have spent countless hours:
As part of the Public Allies North Carolina program, Allies are matched with nationally recognized leadership coaches and introduced to top Triangle leaders through the Personal Leadership Development Class.
The class offers each participant a highly customized experience working with a leadership coach in a small group setting. He or she focuses on a personal project, organizational role or situation that requires “gaining willing followers," which is the basis of their work at each session.
More than 80 percent of Public Allies alumni nationwide continue careers in the nonprofit and public sectors, and their levels of volunteer, civic and political activity are twice that of their peers.
A national study of Public Allies programs across the country found improved costs and efficiencies for partner organizations.
The average partner reported saving $22,000 from what it would have cost them to achieve the same impact without support from Public Allies.
In addition, 90 percent of partner organizations reported that their organizations are better positioned to carry out their missions as a result of capacity building by Public Allies.
Seventy-percent reported that Allies increased the number of people they served, and 80 percent reported that Allies improved the quality of their services.
For more information on the program, contact La-Tasha Best-Gaddy at (919) 956-2319 or visit www.publicallies.org.
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