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Grant to fund nonprofit apprenticeships

November 09, 2010

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation has received $580,449 to fund 47 nonprofit apprenticeships, comprising the 2010-2011 class of Public Allies Arizona. 

Public Allies is an AmeriCorps national youth leadership organization that places service-minded young people in apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations throughout the community.

Since Public Allies Arizona’s inception five years ago, the ASU Lodestar Center has been training and mentoring talented young adults from diverse backgrounds and advancing their leadership skills through participation in a 10-month program of full-time, paid apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations, leadership trainings, and team service projects.

“We are proud of the role our ASU Lodestar Center has played to assure that next generation leaders for the nonprofit sector are identified, nurtured and advanced," said Robert F. Ashcraft, executive director of ASU’s Lodestar Center and a professor of nonprofit studies in ASU’s School of Community Resources and Development. “The benefit that our Allies bring to advance the quality of life in our communities is immeasurable."

This class of 47 young leaders also includes a cohort of 10 “Second Year Fellows” who are completing a second term of AmeriCorps service and participating in an advanced leadership development program.

More than $2 million in external grant dollars have been awarded to the ASU Lodestar Center in support of Public Allies Arizona since the program’s launch in 2006.  When accounting for in-kind support as well as the funds contributed by the nonprofits to have an ally placed within their agencies, the total value of the program and impact to the community is over $1.2 million this year and more than $3 million over the past four years.

The 2010-11 Public Allies Arizona participants and their nonprofit placements:

First Year Allies

Diali Avila Creciendo Unidas

Barbara Broker-Bullick St. Mary’s Food Bank

Marcelino Canuas Perez Arizona Saves

Sara Carlile Phoenix Conservatory of Music

Katie Clark Communities in Schools

Hazel Degrate Central Arizona Shelter Services

Megan Evans Phoenix Conservatory of Music

Ian Feiler Ear Candy

Lesley Forst McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Miriam Gonzalez Valley of the Sun United Way

Danielle Greene Chandler Christian Community Center

Randy Hade Urban Outreach

Katrena Ham UMOM/Helping Hands

Rosanne Harper St. Mary’s Food Bank

Hafsa Ibrahim Central Arizona Shelter Services

Edwana Johnson Rehoboth CDC

Mykel Martinez Aguila Youth Leadership Institute

George McBride Valley of the Sun United Way

Corey Mudd Aid to Adoption of Special Kids

Marco Perez Neighborhood Ministries

Nick Quinones Aguila Youth Leadership Institute

Stephanie Robertson Central Arizona Shelter Services

Rachel Scheinkopf Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk

Kaleigh Schwalbe UMOM/Helping Hands

Dianna Schwartz New Global Citizens

Malalay Sherzada Lutheran Social Services

Katy Szapa Valley of the Sun United Way

Justin Tai Asian Pacific Community in Action

Hasrah Thomas Valley of the Sun United Way

Catherine Tombs Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk

Tascheena Umanah Xico

Nicole Underwood American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter

Chrisal Valencia Lincoln Family YMCA

Matthew Warren Central Arizona Shelter Services

Monica  Weintraub Asian Pacific Community in Action

Second Year Allies

Alyssa Brooke- Gay Tempe Community Action AgencyElizabeth Celaya AZ Housing

Hannah Davis Communities in Schools

Joseph Perez ASU College of Public Programs

Angela Soliz GLSEN/Anti-Defamation League

Michael Soto Arizona Citizens for the Arts

Kelly Williams Communities in Schools

Analisa Xavier Native American Connections

Karina Ybarra Aid to Adoption of Special Kids

Public Allies Arizona will be holding a “Meet the Allies” event on November 15 to introduce the Allies and their nonprofit organizations to family, friends and others in the community.

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit education, research and technical assistance. The ASU Lodestar Center exists to enhance the quality of life in communities through the advancement of nonprofit leadership practices and provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, donors and volunteers by offering a selection of capacity building workshops, conferences, classes, and programs. For more information, visit:


Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft,
Executive Director, ASU Lodestar Center

Michelle Lyons-Mayer,
Program Director, Public Allies Arizona


Jill Watts,

Dana Berchman,
Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation