Who We Are
Public Allies Connecticut is a program of RYASAP (Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership), and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. We're changing the face and practice of leadership in Connecticut since 2004.


About Us
Public Allies Connecticut has partnered with nonprofit organizations across Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford to create New Leaders for New Times. We are grounded in the conviction that everyone can lead. Public Allies is changing the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating our belief that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together.

Everyone leads… and we walk the talk. Our Allies are ages 18 to 30+, and over 65% are people of color, over 15% identify as LGBTQ, and 58% are college graduates. Allies are of and for our local community, and they share a deep commitment to strengthening Milwaukee. 95% of Allies upon graduation report that they would participate in the program again if they could.

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2470 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
New Haven Office Tel: (203) 764-2031

Lindsey Tengatenga, Executive Director
(860) 331-7032

Jack Phillips, Fund Development Coordinator

RJ Mercede, Program Manager, Bridgeport

Emily Gallagher, Program Manager, New Haven
(203) 764-2031

Derek Santiago, Program Manager, Hartford

Selam Dafla, External Relations

Organizations That Have Hosted Public Allies Connecticut AmeriCorps Allies
Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS)
Solar Youth
Common Ground High School
Youth Rights Media
Career Resources, Inc.
Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust
Operation Hope
The Village for Families & Children
Our Piece of the Pie
True Colors
The Urban League of Greater Hartford