Public Allies Arizona - AmeriCorps Apprenticeship Program

Project: Research project

Description

1. Allies as Capacity Builders Please provide a narrative example (1 3 sentences) describing the types of capacity-building services your Allies have provided or will provide that demonstrate the ways in which our Members help build the capacity of local nonprofits. a. Public Allies Arizona has and will continue to intentionally design cohort Ally groups around the community issues, for example eliminating hunger and homelessness. We will continue to bring together community agencies to collaborate with each other in forming cooperative Ally capacity building objectives around their mutual issue. This will not only build the capacity of individual organizations, but will also enable a larger measurable impact of bringing organizations together to resolve the larger community issue. 2. Non-degreed Allies a. Public Allies will be proposing that 50% of our class is made up of Members that were either unemployed prior to joining our program or who did not have a 2 or 4-year degree upon entering the program. One of our proposed performance measures will capture the percentage of our non-degreed Allies that take a college-level course within one year of graduating from Public Allies. b. What supports, collaborations, community-relationships do you have in place or plan to put in place to support Allies that plan to pursue higher education upon leaving the Public Allies program? Public Allies Arizona currently has met the goal of a 50% member class as non-degreed Allies. We will continue to develop stronger relationships with our current recruitment pipeline and foster new partners in reaching out to the non-degreed population. Public Allies Arizonas operating partner is located within Arizona State University and is part of the leadership programs in the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy& Nonprofit Innovation. We will continue to partner with other leadership programs within the Center and within the University to expose our Ally cohort to other programs they may be eligible to participate in after graduation. We are currently discussing the option of Ally participation in the Nonprofit Management Professional Certificate program that is directed by the Lodestar Centers Nonprofit Management Institute. The certificate program is now available through online courses and can be completed in little as 6-7 months. The idea is that Allies can participate in the Universitys certificate program during their program year with each subject matter discussed monthly as part of the Ally training curriculum. Public Allies Arizona could model the certificate program as a pilot and invite other Public Allies sites to offer the program piece to their Allies since the certificate program is now completely online. Funding to cover the cost of the Professional Certificate program can be supported by training funds provided by the grant, matched funds from partner organizations and grants available from fundraising. Public Allies 2013-14 AmeriCorps Page 5 Site Application Packet 3. Retention - If you were not able to retain at least 90% of your members during 2011-12, provide an explanation, and describe your plan for improvement. 2011-12 retention rates are outlined in Appendix A. a. Public Allies Arizona had four early exits from our 2012-2013 year. The circumstances around all four of the early exits had to do with the financial hardships of each Ally. Family obligations of childcare or financial support of family took precedence of the Ally continuing to participate in the program. These were circumstances beyond the Allies control when one Ally was denied childcare benefit through GAP solutions and another had to leave due to her fathers debilitating illness. With the demographic of non-degreed Allies, PAAZ has discussed having more resources available for the Allies. We now have the guidelines to receive the childcare benefit and can provide those requirements to the Allies so they will know if they will qualify for the benefit before the three month application process. We will now have real discussions with potential Allies about the stipend amount and if that amount is something they and their family can feel comfortable with. We now have gathered community resources and have partnered to receive community resource guides with information on services available to our members. We have a plan to have frank discussions about utilizing programs like SNAP, food-co-ops, farmers markets and food banks. We will be giving them resources for support before they find themselves in a situation of having to leave the PA program in search of higher salary work.

Description

Public Allies Arizona has and will continue to intentionally design cohort Ally groups around the community issues, for example eliminating hunger and homelessness. We will continue to bring together community agencies to collaborate with each other in forming cooperative Ally capacity building objectives around their mutual issue. This will not only build the capacity of individual organizations, but will also enable a larger measurable impact of bringing organizations together to resolve the larger community issue.

Description

The case for funding presented by Public Allies suggests that our program helps deliver solutions to locally identified community conditions by: PROGRAM DESIGN developing the leadership capacity of our Allies , who in turn increase the capacity of nonprofit organizations that collectively impact and improve the community condition
StatusActive
Effective start/end date9/1/104/30/20

Funding

  • Corporation for National and Community Service (National Service): $4,236,764.00

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allies
certification
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hunger
homelessness
leadership