UM-Dearborn receives grant to fund AmeriCorp site

UM-Dearborn has received a $365,000 federal grant to become an operating site for Public Allies, a federally funded AmeriCorp service program currently operating in 21 sites nationwide, through the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Public Allies is a leadership development program, aimed at community members with little or no college education. It is designed to strengthen communities by teaching participants leadership skills that contribute to their community’s talent base. Program participants work with local nonprofit and civic organizations.

“We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to collaborate with University of Michigan-Dearborn and other organizations to successfully bring the Public Allies program to Detroit”, says Donna Murray-Brown, chief executive officer, Michigan Nonprofit Association. “The timing for launching this program couldn’t be better as Detroit continues to reinvent itself with a sense of entrepreneurship, creativity and pride.”

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