Who We Are: 

Public Allies Pittsburgh is a program of Coro Pittsburgh, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. We’re changing the face and practice of leadership in Southwestern Pennsylvania since 2006.

We offer the nationally-recognized Public Allies AmeriCorps program, providing a pathway for talented and diverse young leaders to emerge in communities across Southwestern Pennsylvania. Since 2006, Public Allies Pittsburgh has developed over 200 young leaders, who have completed over 340,000 hours of service within this region.


Program Components:

Full-Time Paid Placement with a Local Nonprofit Organization Allies serve at a local nonprofit 4 days a week, where they develop new skills, learn the day-to-day operations of their organization, expand their professional networks, and increase their understanding of the issues that their communities are facing.

Leadership Development Training
Allies receive weekly training sessions, delivered by active community leaders and subject matter experts. Topics include:
• Volunteer Recruitment
• Community Organizing
• Meeting Facilitation
• Public Speaking

Team Service Projects
Groups of 7-10 Allies focus on a community, explore its assets and collaborate with a local organization to develop and implement a long-term service project to be carry out over 10 months. Past projects have included neighborhood cleanup initiatives, community surveys, and resource fairs.

Professional Development Coaching
Each Ally works with a staff member to identify post-program education and/or employment goals. Allies and coaches meet regularly to determine appropriate strategies and track progress.



• A taxable $14,000 stipend dispersed in equal installments over the term of service

• A $5,730 Education Award available upon program completion that can be used to further education or apply towards existing Federal Student Loans

• Access to Health Care

• Access to Child Care Reimbursement

• Federal Student Loan Deferment during the term of service


Become an Ally. If you have a long-term interest in service, are interested in advancing your leadership skills and want to become a part of an extraordinary network of support, please consider applying for the program. Contact Michael Baltzer at michaelb@publicallies.org with questions.

Nominate an Ally. Do you know an emerging leader that is interested in service and advancing their leadership? Nominate them for service  

Be a Partner. If you or your organization would like to benefit from the opportunity to engage with the Allies or build and expand the organizational capacity, please visit our partnership development guide or contact Jenn Holliman at jenniferh@publicallies.org to express interest in hosting an Ally and exploring other ways to partner with the program.


Volunteer. We welcome anyone who would like to support us. Can you help connect us to partner organizations? Help up find new pipelines for Ally Applications? Help us develop relationships with funders? Host fundraising events? Suggest how Public Allies can support our community? Contact us to express interest!



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Public Allies Pittsburgh
33 Terminal Way, Suite 429A
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Jessica Ruffin Site Director

Jennifer Holliman Director of Project Based Learning

Michael Baltzer Recruitment Manager

Sarah Collier Training and Learning Manager

Jamillia Kamara Training and Learning Manager


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