December 9, 2021

Meet INRC’s Newest Public Ally Indy Class 13



After a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, Public Allies returned to in-person training, just in time for Class 13 to begin their AmeriCorps term of service! After all the interviews and matching process, 15 Allies began their Public Ally journey on September 1, 2021. They spent their first week settling into the program, meeting one another, and finding their Team Service Project (TSP) groups. In addition to serving with their Partner Organization (PO) and participating in leadership trainings, the Allies also spend time engaging with and asset-mapping on a neighborhood project. This year’s TSP groups include: Kennedy-King Neighborhood Association, 360 Power Indy, and the Artful Allies.

There are all sorts of reasons why someone may want to become a Public Ally. Some want a career change, some are looking for an opportunity to grow, and some are looking for a community. One thing is for sure – each person is genuine and committed to the core values of the Public Ally program.

Like many other college graduates, Emma Rees (partnered with accessABILITY) was unsure of what to do after graduation especially in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. When she read the description for Public Allies, Rees felt like it was too good to be true.

“I’ve always enjoyed non-profit work, but I wasn’t sure how to get my foot in the door. I can say with complete confidence now that my foot is definitely in the door,” she said.

No person’s reason for applying to Public Allies is the same. Aislen Tiller, for example, had already been at their placement (Flanner Farms) before officially becoming a Public Ally. Tiller said, “I’m really excited to broaden my view of the different farms and community gardens around the city.”

Becoming a Public Ally has given Tiller the opportunity to continue honing their passion for all things green and even teach their fellow Allies about the best places to forage!

It’s safe to say that all of Class 13 can agree that the people in the cohort have started to become one of their favorite parts about the program.

“Public Allies created a safe space for everyone to be themselves uniquely and be free of judgment,” says Nia Belton, partnered with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Besides growing on a personal and professional level, Belton loves that she can build relationships with people and gain new friends.

Connections are being made all the time as the Allies get to know each other more and more. With the help of Fun Club, the cohort has been able to squeeze in some fun activities such as trivia outings and Friendsgiving. Be sure to follow us on all our social media so you don’t miss out on Class 13’s Public Ally journey!

Interested in becoming a Public Ally in Indianapolis? Read all about it here.

If you’re looking for more information on a national level, click here.