Twin Cities

Who We Are
Public Allies Twin Cities is a program of Pillsbury United Communities, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. We're changing the face and practice of leadership in Minnessota's Twin Cities since 2010.

Pillsbury United Communities:

About Us
At Public Allies Twin Cities, 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. Results like these have led the Public Allies program to be recognized as a model for national service.

Application Timeline 

Applications Open; January 1 to May 15

1st Round Interviews: May 11 to May 22

 2nd Round Group Interviews: 1st week in June

Match Event (short interviews with Nonprofit Organizations): July 7 

Top 5 Preferences Due: July 23

Notification of Selection: August 1

First Day of Core Training: September 1

First Day of Nonprofit Placements: September 8

Apply to Be an Ally 
Ally Application:
Ally Application deadline:

Apply to Be a Partner Organization
Partnership Development Guide:

125 W. Broadway Ave., Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Fax: (612) 302-3490

Antonio Cardona, Site Director
(612) 302-3425

Paul Johnson, Program Manager
(612) 302-3408

LaCora Bradford Kesti, Program Manager
(612) 302-3437

Current Partner Organizations
The Sanneh Foundation

Avenues for Homeless Youth

Twin Cities RISE!

MACC Alliance

American Red Cross

Pillsbury United Communities


Bedlam Theatre

InnerCity Tennis


Boy Scouts of America Northern Star Council


Boys and Girls Club

Wilder Foundation

The Bridge for Youth

University YMCA