University of Michigan-Dearborn Wins Federal Public Allies Grant to be Operating Site for Metro Detroit
The University of Michigan-Dearborn and the Office of Metropolitan Impact is pleased to announce that it has received a federal grant award in the amount of $345,800 to become an annual operating site for Public Allies, a federally funded AmeriCorp service program currently in 23 sites nationwide through the Corporation for National and Community Service (www.publicallies.org).
Over the course of the next few months, the Office of Metropolitan Impact will launch Public Allies Metro Detroit (PAMD) which will actively recruit and partner with 20-25 local nonprofits to host 28 young adults (“Allies”) for intensive 10 month leadership development opportunities (Ally) and capacity-building experiences (Nonprofit) around a defined set of measurable regional collective social impact goals: i.e. increasing educational attainment; supporting economic development and empowerment; as well as bolstering civic infrastructure.
Public Allies Metro Detroit will be a signature component of the Chancellor’s Metropolitan Vision and a means by which to further demonstrate the University’s commitment to cultivating regional leaders and enhancing pathways to post-secondary education, while Allies offer their capacity-building talent to local nonprofits. This program will also serve to encourage the Ally graduates, who will be primarily from Detroit, to consider the University of Michigan-Dearborn as well as other universities as key stepping stones to pursuing their future career goals and success, as they receive an educational award of $5550 upon completion of the program.
To support the University’s efforts to establish Public Allies Metro Detroit, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation, awarded $25,000 to support PAMD ramp-up costs such as hiring staff, purchasing office supplies, and covering other costs associated with preparing to launch the program.
Moreover, the McGregor Fund Board of Trustees recently approved a grant of $180,000 over two years to provide offsetting funds for nonprofits to host Allies. The McGregor Fund’s generous support will allow the university to partner with smaller, grass roots nonprofits that might not be able to pay the average host cost of $12,000 per Ally. McGregor Fund matching monies will be distributed on a sliding scale based on nonprofit need and size. These generous gifts will help to ensure the longer term sustainability of the Public Allies program in Detroit.
The program will focus heavily on providing leadership training to a cohort of 30 future leaders, who will receive intensive personal skill assessments and coaching. “We are excited to be preparing the region’s future leaders and contributing to positive community impact, and look forward to graduating our first cohort next summer!” noted Ismael Ahmed, Associate Provost for OMI.
If you are interested in serving as an Ally, would like to be a nonprofit host site, or for more information about the program, please contact Uzma Anwar at firstname.lastname@example.org or on #313-583-6775.
Caitlin Manzano, Site Director
Caitlin joins Public Allies Metro Detroit after spending 7 years in Chicago working in the area of youth and community development. She received her MSW from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in the area of Community Organization and Community and Social Systems. Caitlin is passionate about the leaders of Detroit because she grew up in the area and knows the strength and resiliency of the Detroit community. Caitlin looks forward to the first class of Public Allies Metro Detroit creating real change in Detroit and the surrounding communities.
As a newlywed, Caitlin enjoys spending time with her new husband and enjoying her recent return to the Detroit area with family and friends.
Paquenia "PQ" Suggs, Program Manager
PQ joins Public Allies Metro Detroit after spending 8 years with City Year as both a Corps Member and Program Manager. PQ is an undergraduate alum of University of Michigan and is currently completing her Masters in Counseling from Oakland University. PQ is excited to help develop and grow the next batch of leaders for the Metro Detroit Area.
When PQ is not focused on leadership, she is spending time with friends and is a self described "foodie".
Markyshia Smith, Program Manager
Markyshia joins Public Allies Metro Detroit after working in social services for over 10 years. Her expertise includes program management and evaluation. Markyshia is an undergraduate alum of Michigan State University and completed her Master in Social Justice from Marygrove College. Markyshia is excited to join Public Allies Metro Detroit because she believes in Detroit and all of its promise
Markyshia spends her free time in the Highland Park community, where she feels most vested.