Public Allies North Carolina

Public Allies North Carolina prepares young adults for leadership based on knowledge, expertise and values that promote diversity as a path to broad prosperity.

Public Allies is an AmeriCorps program that seeks to develop new leaders who can strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation. Participants work to change the face of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating their conviction that everyone can lead and that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility and work together.

The program places young adults in 10-month, paid apprenticeships with local nonprofit and government organizations that focus on community economic development. Through their service, participants develop and practice skills and values that invigorate public life: collaboration, diversity, inclusion, asset-based change, continuous learning and integrity.Their service helps strengthen the capacity of their organizations and, through their work, the communities they serve.

The Institute is the North Carolina operating partner of Public Allies National Office. The program has built a reputation over its 15 years of operation as one of the premier service and development programs for emerging community leaders in the Research Triangle Region and, more recently, in central and southeastern parts of the state.

Applications for Public Allies North Carolina are now being accepted

For more information on becoming a participant or program partner, choose an option below:

or contact Public Allies North Carolina at (919) 956-8889.

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Become an Ally

We Are Looking For The Next Generation of Leaders. Will You Accept The Challenge?

“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Benefits to Public Allies NC

  • 10-month full time apprenticeship to gain real work experience at a reputable community organization
  • $1,500/month (gross) stipend
  • Individual health care benefits while enrolled in the program
  • Child care stipend while enrolled in the program
  • Student loan deferment while enrolled in the program
  • Coaching to enhance your personal and professional capacity to do community change work
  • $5,730 AmeriCorps Education Award work upon successful program graduation
  • Access to the North Carolina and National Public Allies Alumni Network


Please contact us if you have any questions at (919) 956-8889.

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Become a Partner Organization

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Nonprofits and Government Agencies invited to host an Ally for 2015-2016

Applications to host a Public Ally are now available for nonprofits and government agencies who are interested in strengthening their capacity while investing in the growth of local emerging leadership.

Hosting a Public Ally is a great way to enhance your organization’s capacity to reach outcomes while mentoring committed emerging leaders to make great impact in community change. The deadline to host an Ally is June 1st, 2015.

Register your contact information now on the Partner Web Portal to start the process. Learn about partnering with Public Allies via our website and connect with us via our social media sites.

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

In the last 18 years, over 300 leaders were trained to understand the challenges in our communities and equipped them with the skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with other community residents and work for social change.

Public Allies North Carolina, operated by the Institute, is a critical asset in North Carolina for building leadership and strengthening the capacity of the non-profit sector. By hosting an Ally, your organization also joins the Institute Community Partner Network. Together we can close the leadership gap and solve problems to strengthen North Carolina.

The exact financial obligation figures are as follows:

  • $15,000 per ten month period paid on a monthly basis to the Ally via payroll. (Reimbursement contingent upon your organization’s budget)

If interested please start the process by registering on and we will follow up with you. We appreciate you taking the time to consider partnering with us! Please do not hesitate to contact me for questions or concerns.


Please contact us if you have any questions at (919) 956-8889.

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Public Allies North Carolina Staff

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Cheri Selby Pearson

Director, Public Allies North Carolina
(919) 956-2319 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cheri Selby Pearson is a thought leader in the nonprofit sector with expertise in law, public policy, philanthropy, nonprofit management, community development and cultivating public private partnerships. As the Executive Director of Public Allies North Carolina, Cheri is responsible for the strategic implementation of programs and leadership of staff, business development, external relations, the development of member program curriculum and the expansion of Public Allies in the nonprofit sector across North Carolina.

Public Allies North Carolina is a partnership between the Institute and Public Allies, Inc., an AmeriCorps program that prepares young adults to advance new leadership that serves to strengthen communities, nonprofits, and promotes civic participation. Cheri works tirelessly to increase the number of underrepresented next generation of leaders, who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact their communities. Cheri graduated from North Carolina Central University School of Law, and holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Northeastern University as well as a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.

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Public Allies North Carolina
Official Website

Public Allies North Carolina
114 W. Parrish Street, 3rd Floor
Durham, NC 27713

Phone (919) 956-8889
Fax (919) 956-2325

Public Allies North Carolina is a partnership of NCIMED and Public Allies National Office, an Americorps program

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