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APPLICATIONS FOR 2019-20 open March 1 AND WILL BE REVIEWED on a rolling basis.

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Who can be a PUBLIC ALLY?

The Ally program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, criminal record, political affiliation, marital or parental status, military service, community, or social affiliations. We work hard to ensure our program is as diverse as possible. Anyone over the age of 17 with a high school diploma or GED, and who is a U.S. citizen or has permanent residency, is welcome to apply.

what am i committing to

Public Allies are expected to commit to and complete an intensive 10-month apprenticeship program, requiring a minimum of 1,700 hours of service, during which they create, improve and expand services that address issues including youth development, education, public health, economic development, and the environment. In addition, Allies participate in a rigorous leadership development program; engage in community building activities; contribute to team service projects; and receive individual coaching to support their professional development during their apprenticeship. 

Public Allies has three main components:

  1. Apprenticeship: Allies are matched with a nonprofit organization or public agency in Baltimore where they address critical social issues.

  2. Leadership Development Training: Allies attend weekly trainings and occasional retreats designed to teach a variety of personal and professional skills. Allies engage in critical feedback, reflection, and personal coaching toward individual performance and professional goals.

  3. Team Service Projects: Allies design, implement, and evaluate Team Service Projects in small groups, using an asset-based community development approach.

What does Baltimore Corps look for in a PUBLIC ALLY?

Baltimore Corps is seeking 25 Public Allies who are as dynamic as our city.  All of our Allies have a passion for social impact. Because Allies serve with leading social entrepreneurs and cause leaders, Baltimore Corps strives to identify individuals who can excel both as members of a team and individually. 

We recruit a highly diverse pool of candidates committed to our city. We are looking for candidates with a passion for social impact in Baltimore, as well as a commitment to Baltimore Corps’ values of sector effectiveness and racial justice and equity and Public Allies’ six core values of diversity / inclusion, collaboration, continuous learning, integrity, building on assets, and innovation. We want our Allies to learn, grow, and lead in diverse and challenging environments. 


Allies are AmeriCorps members and receive a stipend and benefits for their service. Allies are paid a monthly stipend of $1,500 and receive health care, child care, and interest-free student loan deferments. Upon successful completion of the program, Allies receive up to $5,775 in an education award to pay back student loans or pay for future education. 


While Public Allies and Fellows, alike, are committed to Baltimore and our core values of increasing sector effectiveness and advancing equity and racial justice, Public Allies are generally at the beginning stage of their careers. As such, Allies are provided professional development on a weekly basis. Public Allies is also a national program and a member of the AmeriCorps national service network, while the Baltimore Corps Fellowship is a local, trademark program of Baltimore Corps.  

what kinds of organizations can i be placed with?

Our partner organizations are focused on generating social impact in Baltimore, and include leaders in government, nonprofits, and private sector social enterprises, with focus areas including health, housing, arts, philanthropy, and civic engagement. Just as there is no one persona that describes our Allies, Baltimore Corps’ partner organizations are equally unique and considered on a case-by-case basis. 

what happens after the public ally year ends?

Whether it’s through Public Allies’ Pathways Initiative or Baltimore Corps’ talent pipeline, Allies are assisted in identifying and pursuing future career and educational goals. In addition, we connect graduates to our growing network of alumni for career and professional development opportunities. Our aim is to continue recruiting superb talent and making fruitful connections. Allies can choose to serve for a second year, with an increased stipend; explore Baltimore Corps’ Fellowship, Place for Purpose, or Elevation Awards options; or do their own thing. 


Public Allies Maryland is a program of Baltimore Corps and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Our program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and Community Service.