Detroit (Metro)

Who We Are
Public Allies Metro Detroit is a program of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. We’re changing the face and practice of leadership in Detroit since 2013.

University of Michigan-Dearborn:

About Us
Public Allies Metro Detroit recognizes homegrown leaders and believes that community change happens from within. Our goal is to change the face of leadership in Detroit. We cultivate the talent that already exists in the Detroit region and invest in future leaders dedicated to creating change in their communities.

Ready to join the movement? Contact Public Allies Metro Detroit to learn how!

At Public Allies Metro Detroit, 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.

Everyone leads… and we walk the talk. Our Allies are ages 18 to 30, and over 91% are people of color, 26% are LGBT, and 72% are college graduates. Allies are from and for our local community, and they share a deep commitment to strengthening Detroit.

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.

Apply to Be an Ally or Express Interest in Partnering
Ally Application:
Ally Application deadline:
Partnership Development Guide:

4901 Evergreen Rd.
Dearborn, Michigan 48128
(313) 583-6775

Caitlin Manzano, Director

PQ Suggs, Program Manager

Markyshia Smith, Program Manager

Uzma Anwar, Program Coordinator

Organizations That Have Hosted Public Allies Metro Detroit AmeriCorps Allies
Arab American National Museum
Community Bridges Management Health Care
Excellent Schools Detroit
Focus: HOPE
Karmanos Cancer Institute
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit
North Rosedale Park Civic Association
Self Help Addiction Rehab Inc
Southwest Solutions
The Center for Urban Youth and Family Development
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
The Harriet Tubman Center
The Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan
Wayne County Health Department
Wayne County Libraries
Youth Development Commission

Adult Well Being Services
Alternatives for Girls
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Congress of Communities
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
Detroit Parent Network
Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries
Focus: HOPE
Neighbors Building Brightmoor
Self Help Addition Recovery (SHAR) Southwest Solutions
The Arab American National Museum
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
The Green Door Initiative
The University of Michigan Detroit Center
Wayne County Health Department