Seven Years of Public Allies Metro Detroit and OMI

The Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI) operated the Public Allies Metro Detroit (PAMD) AmeriCorps national service program for the past seven years but has now transitioned out of this role. Two of our long-term former staff continue to operate the program with oversight from the national Public Allies office.

Over the seven cohort years, the cumulative program achievements include the following:  145 10-month program Ally gradates and nearly 50 five-month program scholars, with many dozens more who participated in and were positively impacted by the program. By engaging and connecting many so-called Opportunity Youth and non-traditional leaders to work and educational pathways, Public Allies Metro Detroit has helped change the face of leadership across Metropolitan Detroit. Both our five- and 10-month programs engaged a wide variety of members with varying backgrounds, perspectives and experiences, making it a rich and inclusive experience for those who served, as well as those receiving their service.

For the 2019-2020 program year, a year in which service transitioned to online programming, we had a remarkable 92% retention rate. 

Other cumulative program data shows:

● 32% Male, 66% Female, 2% Transgender
● 15% Identified as LGBTQ+;
● 59% Non-degree, prior to joining PAMD
● 38% Unemployed prior to joining PAMD
● 9% Identified as having a disability
● 74% People of Color
● 87 Partner Organizations hosted the Allies
● Roughly 375,000 hours of service were delivered across the Metro Detroit community
● $1,634,885 in earned educational awards were accrued from the federal government.

Our alumni continue impacting Detroit by: working in the public, social and nonprofit sectors; pursuing post-secondary and graduate degrees; and launching their own businesses. We are very proud to have been part of this program for so long, wish Public Allies Metro Detroit the best of luck, and look forward to partnering with our former colleagues over the months to come. 

The new website can be found at https://publicallies.org/detroit/ and you can email site director Paquenia Suggs at paquenias@publicallies.org.

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