Public Allies Iowa


Urban Dreams is honored to announce that we are the new Public Allies operating partner for Iowa. With the addition of this program, Urban Dreams will have the opportunity to help individuals earn an outstanding opportunity to work. This is great news for all of us. However, there is a lot of work to do and we need your help.


Public Allies Iowa is a 10-month long AmeriCorps program dedicated to building stronger communities, supporting nonprofits and helping to train the next generation of nonprofit leaders. We match nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions with full-time paid interns, who we call Allies, to help the organization build its capacity in specific ways to better serve their community.


Capacity Building Outcome: The Ally’s work ends up being successful in the areas you have identified from the list below:

 Efficiency – As a result of the Ally’s activities, your organization will produce better results with the same level of resources or will have improved or consistent services with fewer resources.

Efficiency (doing things right) refers to productivity measures which include, but are not limited to, minimizing the resources or time needed to complete a process or deliver services, increasing the volume of work for the same cost, and initiatives resulting in cost saving/avoidance.

 Effectiveness – As a result of the Ally’s activities, your organization will be able to achieve outcomes resulting in better success rates or better quality of outcomes achieved.

Effectiveness (doing the right thing) refers to quality measures, which include, but are not limited to, increasing access to services, reducing or eliminating waiting lists, and achieving service plans/objectives.

Scale/Reach – As a result of the Ally’s activities, your organization will increase the number of people being served by our programs, serve new populations, or provide new/expanded services.

Our mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. We are changing the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating our conviction that everyone can lead, and that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together.