Public Allies Metro Detroit (PAMD) advances new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits, and civic participation. We are changing the face and practice of leadership of Metro Detroit and building the capacity of nonprofits working to enact solutions to the most pressing community problems. Through our innovative apprenticeship program, passionate young leaders (Allies) serve for 10 months with nonprofit organizations; participate in weekly, full-day training and reflection sessions; and execute team service projects to develop concrete leadership skills. In addition, Allies network to share resources and facilitate collaborations between diverse organizations and communities.


Public Allies Metro Detroit aims to improve the vitality of our local communities within three strategic focus areas:

  • Increasing the Quality of Educational Opportunities in preparation for successful post-secondary education and/or career readiness;
  • Increasing Economic Empowerment, i.e., ensuring Detroiters have access to family-sustaining jobs and/or career opportunities; and
  • Bolstering Local Civic Infrastructure in ways that lead to transformative change in neighborhoods and communities in measurable ways.




 Our inaugural cohort is a group of 28 local leaders, diverse in background, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, experience, and neighborhood. We are: 89% Allies of color, 68% female, 32% male, 60% non-degreed, and 58% unemployed in the last 6 months.