Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families Takes Over AmeriCorps Public Allies Program

Posted 7/26/2018

Center is searching for nonprofit partners to hire and mentor young leaders.​

Des Moines Area Community College's (DMACC's) Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families (EKD) is the new administrator for the Public Allies Iowa AmeriCorps Program, set to launch during an open house for prospective service hosts on August 13.

The federally sponsored program creates new opportunities for talented young adults from diverse backgrounds who have a passion to make a difference within their communities. It also helps them turn a passion into a viable career path.

During the ten-month apprenticeship, participants provide full-time community service to help a nonprofit or government agencies fulfill their mission of serving others. Across the nation, 80 percent of the participating Public Allies AmeriCorps members are people of color.

“The Public Allies Iowa AmeriCorps Program perfectly fits with our mission of providing career and life opportunities for people," said Marvin DeJear, Director of the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families, located across the street from the DMACC Urban Campus. “We have hosted Public Allies Iowa AmeriCorp members in the past and experienced first-hand their important contributions," added DeJear, who also noted that several EKD staff are graduates of the program.

DeJear said they've hired staff and already have 25 young people signed up to participate in the program. “We want to help create a new generation of leaders," but first we need service hosts to join us developing and mentoring these young leaders," said DeJear who noted they will quickly become a tremendous asset to hiring organizations.

A recent survey of nonprofits that hosted AmeriCorps Public Allies in 23 communities across the country showed they saved more than $23,000 as compared to what it would have cost to do the same work without the AmeriCorps members. The same survey also showed a 95 percent satisfaction rate among those participating organizations.

The AmeriCorps participants are paid through a cost sharing program with EKD. The youth also receive a $5,815 education award at the end of their apprenticeship.

DeJear said the program will start this fall in Greater Des Moines, but he hopes to expand it statewide. The first information session for non-profits and government agencies interested in learning more about the Public Allies Iowa AmeriCorps Program is set for August 13. There is no cost or obligation to attend this information session.

Information Session

Monday, August 13
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families
801 University, Des Moines
​(Lunch is provided.)

Please RSVP to:
Lisa Saffell


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