A few years ago I completed a year of service with AmeriCorps Public Allies New York and the year of service really changed my life and put me on a path to working for social justice on a full time basis. A few weeks ago I was interviewed for the Public Allies Alumni podcast Catching up with… In this short interview I was able to talk about my work, shout out some of my fellow Public Allies Alumni and reflect on non-profit work, enjoy!
After college I completed a year of service with Public Allies New York an Americorps service program. A national program with sites around the country the mission of Public Allies is: “to advance new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation”. This experience had a great impact on my faith, my vocation and my worldview. Though Americorps is not a Christian organization because it focuses on community service many Christians have participated in its programs. Teach for America, is one of the most well known of all the Americorps programs and 50% of its membership identify as people of faith. As shown by Christ’s words in Matthew 25 service is essential to the Christian faith, so it is no surprise that many Christians are seeking ways to serve. As young Evangelicals increasingly seek to serve in urban areas programs such as Americorps can be a great option.