Estes Park Trail Gazette – Eagle Rock School Kicks Off iParticipate Campaign

Public Teaching Fellowship Program at Eagle Rock School is a local example of national service, promoted by the entertainment industry in week-long TV blitz.

From October 19-25, The Entertainment Industry Foundation’s “iParticipate” campaign will launch with service as a theme during sixty prime time programs on the four major networks, many daytime, late night and cable programs, and dozens of public service announcements. One of the groups benefitting in this major spotlight on service in Colorado is the Public Allies Fellowship Program at Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center located in Estes Park, Colorado.

Founded in 1992, Public Allies, Inc. was identified by both President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton as a model for national service, and was one of the original pilots for AmeriCorps. Under President George W. Bush, Public Allies tripled in scale and was named as a model for faith-based and community initiatives. During the past year, Public Allies has received much attention because President Obama was a founding board member and First Lady Mrs. Obama was employed by Public Allies as Executive Director of our Chicago program from1993-1996 and served on our board of directors from 1997-2001.

We have received such strong support from four administrations because of a powerful idea and program model. Our mission is to advance new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation. Our unique program is based on the conviction that everyone leads – leadership is an action many can take, not just a position few can hold, and we seek to inspire more Americans of all backgrounds to step up, take responsibility, and make a difference.

Our unique program model recruits diverse young adults who are passionate about making a difference and helps them create a viable career working in nonprofit and public service. Last year, the Public Allies Fellowship Program at Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center accepted one of every ten applicants so we select the best talent. The Fellowship Program provides twelve individuals with an advanced yearlong service and leadership development program focused on education and youth development.

Our model works. More than 95% of organizations last year reported that Allies met or exceeded their service goals. Over 80% of our 2,800 graduates are continuing careers in nonprofit and public service.

In Estes Park, Public Allies opened in 2002 and is a program of the Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center. This year, we have 12 Allies serving and 81 graduates to our program.

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