ASU's nonprofit center receives recognition


July 21, 2009

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation has announced that its nonprofit leadership and management offerings, encompassing undergraduate, graduate and professional development, have met all eight criteria required for the Nonprofit Quarterly’s review of a fully comprehensive nonprofit management program.

To be named a fully comprehensive program, institutions had to offer noncredit programs, undergraduate certificate programs, undergraduate concentrations (3+), graduate nonprofit studies classes, graduate certificates, graduate concentrations leading to a master’s, graduate degree majoring in nonprofit studies, and online courses. Hundreds of programs from across the country were reviewed, with only ASU and North Park University in Chicago fulfilling all eight criteria. Download Full Image

“There is no question that ASU has led the nation in the field of nonprofit management education given the array of degree programs, certificate programs and other opportunities we provide for students at all levels,” says Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft, director of the ASU Lodestar Center and professor of Nonprofit Studies in the School of Community Resources and Development.

“When considering the full range of activities we provide including professional development (noncredit) options, research projects, community capacity building initiatives, conferences and other parts of our Center’s portfolio means that this university clearly has the most comprehensive nonprofit portfolio of activity among any university in the nation,” Ashcraft says.

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation (formerly the ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management), is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit education, research and technical assistance. The ASU Lodestar Center exists to enhance the quality of life in communities through the advancement of nonprofit leadership practices and provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, donors and volunteers by offering a selection of capacity building workshops, conferences, classes, and programs. For more information, visit: http://nonprofit.asu.edu/" target="_blank" title="http://nonprofit.asu.edu.">http://nonprofit.asu.edu/">http://nonprofit.asu.edu.

Student earns prestigious award from FBI group


July 2, 2009

Martin Popov may one day save your life.

Incoming Arizona State University student Popov recently earned a prestigious scholarship from FBI National Academy Associates that will help achieve his goal of working with law enforcement agencies to provide national security. Download Full Image

The nonprofit international organization of senior law enforcement professionals gives this award to only 1 to 2 percent of applicants nationwide.

FBI National Academy Associates is recognized globally among government leaders, law enforcement agencies and communities as the premier provider of law enforcement expertise, training, education and information.

Popov will start undergraduate courses this fall in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at ASU's College of Public Programs on the Downtown Phoenix campus.  

"The FBI scholarship is among the most prestigious honors available to a student in our field," says Scott Decker, director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. "Students who are awarded this scholarship have a combination of academic excellence and commitment to the field. We are proud of Martin's accomplishments and look forward to his career with federal law enforcement."

Popov says, "I've always believed that protecting the people has to be a high priority of any individual who is part of a community that faces many challenges as a result of globalization and constant threat of terrorism. At ASU, I would most like to focus on different types of crimes that endanger the American public and the international interest of the U.S. as well as learning specific techniques necessary to fight these crimes."

Popov, who is 22, speaks fluent Bulgarian, Russian and English. He was born in Bulgaria and came to America five years ago to pursue a career in the FBI. Popov was inspired at an early age by his father, a senior lieutenant from the Bulgarian army, who served two United Nations military peacekeeping missions in Asia and has been recognized with a diploma and medal for his distinguished service with the U.N.

"He showed me that discipline is extremely important, and that motivation, patience, and self-reliance are crucial factors necessary to keep your mind focused over assigned tasks," Popov says.

Popov recently received an Arizona General Education Curriculum-Arts certificate from Phoenix College. He earned a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice merges theory with practice in areas such as the nature of crime, theories of crime, criminal justice system responses and problem-solving techniques. Its faculty includes some of the world's foremost experts on topics such as policing, juvenile justice, gangs, drugs, criminological theory, victimization, and corrections. Graduates of the School can be found in all facets of the criminal justice system.

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Toon named head of research at Morrison Institute


June 26, 2009

Richard Toon, Ph.D. has been appointed as the new head of research at Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

As associate director of research, Toon will oversee research design expanding on the Morrison Institute mission to bridge the gap between academic scholarship and public policy through independent research for public and private sector clients. Download Full Image

“Richard brings strong credentials and a passion for the kind of work Morrison does,” said Executive Director Sue Clark-Johnson, who announced the appointment today.

“My role will highlight the academic rigor of what we do while at the same time ensuring that Morrison keeps delivering research that is useful for practitioners,” said Toon. “I am excited by the opportunity to strengthen what we are known for: rigorous research and timely applied knowledge.”

Toon has been a senior policy analyst at Morrison Institute since 2004.  His research interests include criminal justice, education and informal learning, the public understanding of science, and museums and culture.

Prior to joining Morrison Institute, he was Research Scientist and Education & Research Director at the Arizona Science Center where he developed educational programming and studied visitor behavior and attitudes, exhibit development, and informal learning.

Before moving to Arizona, Toon ran a consulting firm that provided research to public and social agencies, primarily in New York City, in child health, juvenile justice, drug treatment programs, community-based family services, and child poverty. He also worked as a researcher for the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services and was Director of Operations Analysis and Management Reporting for New York City Department of Juvenile Justice.

Richard Toon has a Ph.D. in Museum Studies from Leicester University, U.K. He also holds a M.A. in Religious Studies and a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Leeds University, U.K.

Humanities fellowship supports research in India’s mountains


May 29, 2009

Two Arizona State University faculty researchers are about to journey into the mountainous wilderness of western India, and what they might find there - frightening demons, gods and goddesses, or a peaceful utopia - depends on whom they ask. Download Full Image

But they won't be searching for physical evidence supporting these types of cultural beliefs about the area. Their goal is to discover the meanings which the country's sacred mountaintops hold for the many types of people who visit them. 

The project brings together experts from two differing traditions and methodologies, a natural resource social scientist and a religious studies scholar who aim to expand our understandings of the complex meanings associated with wilderness and other natural places that have religious significance.

The collaborators are Megha Budruk, professor in the Parks and Recreation Management Program in ASU's School of Community Resources & Development, and professor Anne Feldhaus in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies in ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

"We plan to explore the range of meanings that people ascribe to natural places," says Budruk. "Focusing on commonalities among those meanings allows for contested places to become places of harmony, thus reducing conflict and building stronger communities."

Both researchers have spent significant parts of their lives in Maharashtra, India, where they'll begin the study in early July. They have strong attachments to the region and are cognizant of its cultural nuances, enabling them to conduct culturally relevant research that also incorporates international theoretical perspectives.

Their academic backgrounds, however, are quite different. Budruk is a natural resource social scientist who explores human-nature relationships from a social-psychological perspective. She's particularly interested in the concept of place attachment - the special bonds that humans develop with nature-based places. She has published several articles on this topic and has conducted some of her research in Maharashtra.

Feldhaus is a scholar of religious texts, rituals and oral traditions, whose work has emphasized human imaginations of the natural world. Originally trained as a philologist, she began in the early 1980s to combine ethnographic fieldwork with her text scholarship. She has published two books on the religious geography of Maharashtra, using this combined methodology.

"What initially brought us together was our common love of the Maharashtra region of India," says Feldhaus. "But as we began talking, we realized that we also had a lot of theoretical, academic interests in common."

They will conduct extensive interviews in natural settings of religious significance like goddess temples and river-origin sites, such as the mountaintop temples at Mahabaleshwar. Budruk and Feldhaus will speak with temple priests, pilgrimage leaders, pilgrims, tourists, local community leaders, and officials from agencies that are involved in the areas.

"I think we'll come away from this with new ways of looking at natural places," Budruk says. "We are only just beginning to understand place meanings at natural settings. However, my field has its roots in Euro-American philosophies of what the wilderness is, and I think the meanings of nature go beyond that. In the intangibles, we haven't explored the full range."

Feldhaus says, "People in the field of religious studies have done a lot of work on the religious poetics of holy places in beautiful natural settings, and on the rituals that pilgrims and priests perform at such places. But we have not yet looked enough at the economics and politics of such places, at their human social dimensions."

The project is funded by a $45,000 fellowship from ASU's Institute of Humanities Research. The institute, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, supports two annual fellowship programs to encourage transdisciplinary activity at ASU. The theme for this year's program is "utopias, dystopias and social transformation" and was designed to attract scholars whose work addresses the nature, value, and meaning of utopias/dystopias for social transformation by using cross-boundary perspectives and methodologies. "The Feldhaus/Budruk project fits the parameters of our theme," explains Sally L. Kitch, director of the institute, "because it explores the utopic and dystopic aspects, as well as the cultural importance, of particular nature-based religious places."

The fellowship also provides funding for the two ASU scholars to invite Ramachandra Guha, an internationally noted Indian environmental historian, for a public lecture in spring 2010. Guha's lecture topic will be "Wilderness and Democracy." This will coincide with a seminar Budruk and Feldhaus will teach to graduate students and advanced undergraduates regarding natural places, religion, pilgrimage, tourism, and social transformation.

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Students bring community together through park events


May 26, 2009

ASU Professor Ariel Rodríguez knew students in his Program Planning course would love the chance to enjoy a 2.77-acre classroom with sunshine, waterfalls and artwork.

But he threw them a curveball in the form of a challenge at the Downtown Civic Space Park: Create events that inspire the people of Phoenix to join you here. Download Full Image

The course recently taught 20 students how to create, organize and oversee several community events that brought hundreds of residents and visitors to the park.  

Students in the School of Community Resources & Development partnered with the City of Phoenix and ASU's Parks and Recreation Student Association to offer the free activities. This included a big-screen outdoor showing of the movie "The Dark Knight," complete with complimentary popcorn and refreshments, which drew a crowd of more than 200 people.

"We had an opportunity to see, literally 200 yards away from our College, how the theories we were learning in class could be put into practice immediately in the park," says Samuel Richard, a senior in the College of Public Programs.

Rodríguez says, "The park is an ideal place to develop programs that can simultaneously impact people living at the Westward Ho, ASU students at Taylor Place, people coming from Tempe on the light rail...and other residents in the community."

In the course, students learn the need to focus on planning event details such as equipment rental, security, weather contingency plans, waste disposal, marketing and venue seating.

"They even had to work out small details like making sure the grass in the park wasn't watered shortly before the movie, or it would be wet where people were sitting," says Rodríguez.

Students have also offered a gardening seminar for clients of an adult care facility operated by the Foundation for Senior Living in Phoenix. They arranged transportation to the park and taught the seniors to plant flowers which they were able to take home.

Another event brought several seniors from the nearby Westward Ho to play board games, and Richard says he enjoyed hearing positive feedback from the participants.

"Everybody really loved it," Richard says. "It was the first time most of them had been to the park."

The ASU School of Community Resources and Development advances the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of local and global communities through instruction, research and service. The School provides nationally recognized interdisciplinary research expertise and innovative academic programs in nonprofit leadership and management, parks and recreation management, tourism development and management.

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First cohort of Nonprofit Leadership Academy completes training


May 20, 2009

The inaugural class of the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation’s Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy (Gen
Next) graduated from its 9-month training on May 8 at the Disability Empowerment Center in Phoenix.

Funded by a generous contribution from American Express, Gen Next is a cohort of the Valley’s top emerging nonprofit leaders, chosen to participate in training that provides them with the knowledge and tools needed to take on leadership roles within the nonprofit community. The program is comprised of best practice approaches to leading and managing nonprofits that include renowned professors and practitioner instructors at ASU as well as established nonprofit leaders from organizations that engage with the ASU Lodestar Center. Download Full Image

Those graduating from Gen Next:
• Irene Agustin, Crisis Nursery Inc.
• Caroline Starrs Allen, Center for Progressive Leadership
• Roya Amirsoleymani, Fresh Start Women's Foundation
• Cory Baker, Scottsdale Cultural Council
• Luke Black, Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona
• Leticia de la Vara, ASU Center for Community Development & Civil Rights
• Jany Deng, Arizona Lost Boys Center
• Angela Florez, Friends for the Phoenix Public Library
• Sara Kyler, Food for the Hungry
• Aaron Parrott, Mentor Kids USA
• Donna Powers, Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council
• Matt Sandoval, Valley of the Sun YMCA
• Amy Schwabenlender, Valley of the Sun United Way
• Andrew Schwartzberg, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
• Duane Shearer, HandsOn Greater Phoenix
• Chela Sullivan, Helping Hands Housing Services
• Heather Walsh, Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk
• Alysson Zatarga, Southwest Behavioral Health.

While many look to improve their job marketability during these challenging economic times, Gen Next is providing valuable opportunities for nonprofit professionals to increase their knowledge and leadership skills.

“Through Gen Next I have learned a lot about my own leadership style and under what circumstances I work most effectively,” says Chela Sullivan, recent graduate of ASU’s Master of Nonprofit Studies program and current Helping Hands Housing Services staff member. “I have also learned that as a manager, I can bring out other people's strength by recognizing their leadership styles as well.”

Jany Deng, another member of the inaugural class, was a recipient of nonprofit assistance 10 years ago when he came to the United States as a refugee from Sudan. He graduates this year from the Gen Next program on his road to being a leader in the nonprofit sector.

“As a recipient of services in the past, I have seen how important organization and leadership are in a nonprofit,” says Deng. “Through Gen
Next, I learned areas that I need to improve on and I also learned areas that are my strengths. This knowledge will help me to be a better co-worker and to provide better services to my clients.”

Laura Capello, program specialist for Gen Next, is thrilled with the success of the first year.

“I have already seen the class members make good use of what they have learned and of the contacts they have made,” says Capello. “They have all become close and have used each other to help them with the challenges and share in their joys of working in the nonprofit sector.”

Amy Schwabenlender, a Valley of the Sun United Way Gen Next participant, says her favorite part of Gen Next was the connections she made with other members.

“The opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals who have similar career desires in the nonprofit sector was of great use to me,” says
Schwabenlender. “It has been not only fun, but beneficial to my work to meet and get to know my classmates. Several of us have found ways to collaborate and share information that was not previously occurring between our
organizations.

Applications for the second Gen Next cohort will be available in June.

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation (formerly the ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management), is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit education, research and technical assistance. The ASU Lodestar Center exists to enhance the quality of life in communities through the advancement of nonprofit leadership practices and provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, donors and volunteers by offering a selection of capacity building workshops, conferences, classes, and programs. For more information, visit: http://nonprofit.asu.edu.http://nonprofit.asu.edu">http://nonprofit.asu.edu. />

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NPR highlights ASU's American Dream Academy


<p>National Public Radio's KJZZ news station in Phoenix featured a profile story on the American Dream Academy, a signature program of the ASU Center for Community Development and Civil Rights within the College of Public Programs.</p> <p>The story first aired on May 20, 2009. </p> <p>For information about the American Dream Academy, visit <a href="http://cdcr.asu.edu/" class="external-link">http://cdcr.asu.edu</a>.</p>

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Associate professor earns Outstanding Alumnus Award


May 18, 2009

Dr. Nancy Rodriguez has been awarded the 2009 Outstanding Alumnus Award by the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in Texas.

She is an Associate Professor in the ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, part of the College of Public Programs. Download Full Image

Her research interests include sentencing policies, juvenile court processes, and substance abuse. She also conducts research in the area of restorative justice.

Rodriguez's research has included program evaluations of drug courts, restorative justice programs, and three strikes laws. She received several grants from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

"Dr. Rodriguez has a rare combination of scholarly, professional and personal acumen. I know her to be an outstanding researcher and a good human being," said Dr. Todd Armstrong, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. "We here in the College of Criminal Justice can be very proud of the manner in which Dr. Rodriguez represents us to both the field of criminology and criminal justice, and to the larger community."

Rodriguez is co-author of "Just Cause or Just Because? Prosecution and Plea-bargaining Resulting in Prison Sentences on Low-level Drug Charges in California and Arizona," and co-editor of "Images of Crime: Readings."

Her recent work appeared in Crime Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, and Criminology Public Policy.

Rodriguez received her Bachelor of Science in law enforcement and police science from Sam Houston State University in 1992, and began her graduate studies. She completed her Ph.D. in political science from Washington State University in 1998.

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ASU Lodestar Center to honor nonprofit graduates


May 5, 2009

Students receiving professional certificates and academic degrees in nonprofit studies will be recognized for their achievements on May 6 at a reception hosted by the ASU Lodestar Center.  The event, held on the second floor of the Walter Cronkite building at the ASU Downtown Campus, will begin with a Master of Nonprofit Studies (MNpS) graduate poster session and reception at 5 p.m., followed by the presentation of certificates.  The invited speakers are Dr. Debra Friedman, University Vice President and Dean, ASU College of Public Programs, and Pam Gaber, the President and founder of Gabriel’s Angels.

Students being recognized have earned a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Studies, or a Nonprofit Management Institute (NMI) professional development certificate. Download Full Image

“ASU offers the widest array of educational offerings for leading and managing nonprofit organizations of any university in the nation,” said Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft, director of the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and professor of nonprofit studies in the School of Community Resources and Development. “It is with great pride that we celebrate the achievements of our talented students. The graduates who have earned our academic degrees and our professional development education certificate validates that nonprofit professionals wish to lead and manage their organizations with the best available knowledge and tools a provided by our outstanding professors and practitioner experts.”

Students who will receive a graduate certificate: Sharon Abramson, Saso Andonoski, DuWayne Eilers, Leigh Hersey, and Samuel Holdren. 

Students who will receive a Master of Nonprofit Studies degree: Nicole Almond Tucker, Ruby Alvarado Hernandez, Kara Anderson, Megan Birkey, Jill Christiansen, Katherine Coleman-Burns, Genevieve Croker, Athelyn Daniel, Corina Frolander, Rachael Goldberg, Tanisha Gordon, Brittany James, Krishna Kelley, Christopher Korte, Damon Lemmons, Cassandra Mazur, Elizabeth Mikkelsen, James Potts, Susan Rossi, Shawn Rudnick, Susie Sands, Andrea Sok, Amy Steinman, Aaron Stiner, Amber Stubbs, Chela Sullivan, Brooke Todare, and Bella Williamson. 

NMI professional development certificates will be awarded to: Karen Bever, Ann-Mary Johnson-Lutzick, Carla Landwerth, Teresa Moore, Philip Reller, Julie Schaffer, Charla Triplett, Cathy Tullgren, and Sarah Whitmore.

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation (formerly the ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management), is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit education, research and technical assistance. The ASU Lodestar Center exists to enhance the quality of life in communities through the advancement of nonprofit leadership practices and provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, donors and volunteers by offering a selection of capacity building workshops, conferences, classes, and programs. For more information, visit: http://nonprofit.asu.edu/" target="_blank" title="http://nonprofit.asu.edu.">http://nonprofit.asu.edu/">http://nonprofit.asu.edu.


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Program provides opportunity in challenging job market


May 5, 2009

As people across Arizona search for employment, they may be overlooking the opportunity of a lifetime to invest in their own future.  Public Allies is one of the most highly regarded programs for those interested in the nonprofit sector seeking to gain knowledge and on-the-job training. Participants in Public Allies are diverse in culture, education, and professional background, but all share the drive to become new leaders who strengthen communities, nonprofits, and civic participation.

Public Allies is an AmeriCorps program of the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.  This unique program identifies young, talented adults from diverse backgrounds and prepares them for careers working for community and social change.  Allies, the term used for those accepted to the Public Allies program, serve 10-month, 40-hour-a-week, paid apprenticeships at local nonprofits and participate in a rigorous and rewarding leadership development program with a diverse group of peers who are also of and working within their home community. Download Full Image

Allies are at a variety of life stages, and don’t always consider themselves “leaders” in the traditional sense. Many are like Rachel Finch, a 23 year-old Ally at Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK), who never thought of herself as a leader, but through this experience realized that she had all the skills necessary to take charge and make a difference.  Another reason she was drawn to Public Allies was for the opportunity to experience a field before she invested in a degree.

“I’m getting all this experience in 10 months that I couldn’t get in a classroom environment,” says Finch.

Public Allies is for those who are truly dedicated, says Finch, who works at a spa when she is not at her 40-hour-a-week apprenticeship.  Despite her hectic schedule she says that it is definitely worth it.

“My favorite thing about Public Allies is the networking.  I get to hear from all the other Allies about how it is to work at their organization,” says Finch. “I’ve also learned very important tools like time and money management, organization, making positive connections with others, and a lot about what is happening in the community.”

Those who are accepted into the program receive priceless experience in a nonprofit organization as well as leadership development programming, with other added benefits to aid them in this time of personal and professional growth.  During the 10-month period there is a stipend of $13,500 and at the time of graduation from the program, a taxable educational credit of $4,725 is awarded to each Ally.  AmeriCorps health insurance is also issued to Allies during their apprenticeship.  Child care assistance is available if an Ally is eligible, as well as interest free loan deferment for qualified student loans.

Ally Jenn Sinkey, a 28 year-old single mom is also at AASK.  She is working on her social and community service degree and has another full-time job on top of her apprenticeship. The most important things that she says she has learned in this process have been how to be a better leader, and that she loves being out there with people and serving them in any way possible.  She believes that people should consider Public Allies to have the opportunity to serve in a tangible way instead of always just talking about it.

“Public Allies sets up the opportunities for you, and to participate is such a blessing,” says Sinkey.

The nonprofit organizations who partner with Public Allies reap numerous benefits from the partnership as well.  They get the opportunity to add a dedicated young person to their staff who is energetic and enthusiastic about the nonprofit sector.  The organization gets to create a wish list of projects they have hoped to initiate, but without the help of the Ally may not have the man power to accomplish.  Additionally, the cost of this great employee is much lower than that of any other full-time employee.

Steve Yamamori, Executive Director/CEO of Fighter Country Partnership, which supports and advocates for more than 6,000 airmen stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., is in the first year of being a partner organization with Public Allies.

“I feel Public Allies trains the next generation of philanthropists,” says Yamamori, “and we need this service now more than ever.”

Public Allies began 17 years ago in Washington, D.C., and grew the next year to Chicago thanks to the founding Executive Director, and now First Lady Michelle Obama.  It is now in 15 communities and entering its fourth year in Phoenix.  Last year, 63 percent of the 20 graduates in Phoenix received job placement at their apprenticeships.  With a national unemployment rate of 8.1 percent in February, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this program is giving hope for the future for those passionate about community and social change.

“The success of Public Allies in the three short years it has been here in Phoenix is tremendous,” says Public Allies Arizona Program Director Michelle Lyons-Mayer. “It’s an extremely rewarding experience to give these talented young adults the opportunity to learn about the nonprofit sector, outside and in, while also obtaining valuable leadership skills.”

May 29, 2009 is the application deadline for the upcoming program year.  Applicants must be between the ages of 18-30, be a U.S. citizen, and be available for a 40-50 hour a week internship.  If interested in learning more or desire to fill out an application, visit:  http://publicallies.asu.edu

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