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' mission is to advance new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation. Public Allies is changing the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating our conviction that everyone can lead, and that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together.<o:p></o:p>

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 2014-15 Cohort is a group of 32 homegrown leaders, diverse in  background,gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, experience, and neighborhood.  We are: 55% Opportunity Youth, 53% non-degreed, 77% Female, 73% people of color, and 53% individuals 18-24 years old.