Who We Are
Public Allies Chicago is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. We’re changing the face and practice of leadership in Chicago since 1994.


About Us
At Public Allies Chicago, we believe changing times call for a new kind of leadership. Through our AmeriCorps program, we train young leaders ("Allies") who are young, diverse, and passionate social change makers that support community projects in partnership with hundreds of local nonprofit organizations.

Our Allies change their lives and our community through a rigorous AmeriCorps program that combines full-time, paid apprenticeships in nonprofits with intensive skills training, active community-building projects, personalized coaching, and critical reflection. We provide all of this through a nationally recognized approach that’s rooted in a practice of values.

We’re creating pathways for a stronger community and a lifetime of impact. A majority of Alumni continue a career in the nonprofit and public sectors, and about 95% of Alumni say they would participate again if they could. Partner organizations report that their work with an Ally increases their capacity by up to 30%! Results like these have led the Public Allies program to be recognized as a model for national service.

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180 N. Michigan Avenue Suite 1016
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 422-7777

Darlene Oliver, Executive Director
(312) 229-1297

Cory Muldoon, Program Director
(312) 229-1302

Sonya Houston, Training Manager
(312) 229-1296

Anays Antongiorgi, Program Associate
(312) 229-1305

Justin Kreindler, Program Manager
(312) 229-1298

Alexandria Cummings, Program Manager
(312) 229-1300

Organizations That Have Hosted Public Allies Chicago AmeriCorps Allies
After School Matters
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
BUILD Chicago, Inc.
Chicago Housing Initiative
Chicago Public Schools- Academic Competitions
Chicago Public Schools- Early College Initiatives
Community Builders: Oakwood Shores
Chicago Public Schools - Office of College and Career Success (Scholarships)
Chicago Public Schools Transitions - Office of Diverse Learner Supports + Services
Illinois Action for Children
National Runaway Safeline (NRS)
North Branch Works
Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP)
Village Leadership Academy
Walt Disney Magnet School
Y.O.U. Evanston
After-School All-Stars
All Chicago
Center for Cultural Affairs
Cook County Judicial Council
Corporate Work Study Program (Christ the King)
Chicago Public Schools - Partnership Development
Goldin Institute
Griffith Tutoring
Jane Addams Senior Caucus
Latino Policy Forum
Leave No Veteran Behind
Legal Prep Charter Academies
Metropolitan Breast Cancer Task Force
Namaste Charter School
ONE Northside
Teen Living Programs
The Night Ministry
Women Employed