Delgado Community College Partners With Public Allies To Cultivate Next Gen Civic Leaders

NEW ORLEANS – Delgado Community College announced its new partnership with Public Allies, a national movement committed to advancing social justice and equity by engaging and activating the leadership capacities of young people. This fall, Delgado Community College will launch Public Allies New Orleans.

         A $170,000 grant from Public Allies, via the Corporation for National and Community Service, will provide full-time, paid apprenticeships to 15 AmeriCorps members, young leaders dedicating 10 months of service to local nonprofits.

         The young adults selected for the program, called “Allies,” will be placed with nonprofit organizations and government agencies where they help address critical community needs. Allies deliver services to help organizations improve the quality and reach of their programming. They engage and manage volunteers, launch new afterschool programs in underserved communities, improve client outreach and intake services, and more. In addition to the skills gained through practical, on-the-job learning, Allies will also receive more than 200 hours of civic leadership training, mentorship, coaching and support connecting to a degree-bearing program or employment following the apprenticeship.

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         “Partnering with Public Allies will give Delgado Community College a unique opportunity to ensure talented young adults from our community have a chance to develop their professional skills while giving back,” said Dr. Arnel Cosey, Delgado’s vice chancellor for student affairs/executive dean, City Park Campus. “It fulfills a need for our city and meets Delgado’s commitment to prepare students for careers, including careers in public service. Our goal for the program is to provide an opportunity for service and leadership development to young people. That we can do so, while also supporting our community partners and fulfilling our mission, vision and core values, is a bonus. This community and country is in need of dynamic leaders and Public Allies has a proven track record in this area. We’re honored to be selected as their 25th site and look forward to working with them to that end.”

         Public Allies was founded in 1992 by a diverse group of young nonprofit leaders and activists who wanted to harness the energy of talented young people to tackle community issues. “In the 25 years since our founding, Public Allies has activated thousands of young adults who are leading the movement for social change in our 24 communities across the country," said Dr. Adren Wilson, CEO and Louisiana native. "Now, we look forward to bringing those same integrated strategies to New Orleans. Delgado Community College is the ideal partner to launch our 25th site.”

         Young adults interested in becoming Allies and nonprofit organizations in the New Orleans area that have service opportunities and are interested in having an Ally placed with them are encouraged to apply by the Friday, Oct. 6 deadline here.

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         Applicants do not need to be Delgado students and organizations do not need to have a prior affiliation with Delgado Community College.



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