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#LizGottmer, Cincinnati '11. Liz shares what she learned by teaching abroad in Germany, and its implications in how to advance the Opportunity Youth agenda here.

#RobinJackson, Indianapolis '12. Robin Jackson is a fresh new alum of Public Allies Indianapolis, and is about to start grad school in philanthropic studies and nonprofit management. As a performance artist, she's excited about using her voice to amplify the Opportunity Youth platform

#AmeliaKolokihakaufisi, Silicon Valley '08, '09. Amelia knows the Opportunity Youth experience first hand, as she dropped out of college as a junior to support her family. Public Allies was an opportunity for her to get reconnected to higher education, and to serve her community - and she is fired up to advance this issue next month at the Summit and Hill Day.

#OscarAlexanderRobles, Connecticut '11. Oscar knows the Opportunity Youth Experience, and provides testimonial on how serving his two terms as an AmeriCorps member has set him up for success.

#AllisonBendanis, Central Florida '12. Allison started her career in advertising, and then left that to find her passion as an Public Ally. Allison spent that year connecting foster care youth to employment and higher education. On this podcast, she shares her "best practice" on making that connection happen

#ClaudineConstant, Connecticut '11 and '12. Claudine shares how her Public Allies experience helped her discover what she's passionate about, and how she could channel that into improving her community. She believes that that's a key formula for mobilizing this Opportunity Youth population from being out of school and out of work onto pathways of higher education and employment.

#ShefonTaylor, Delaware '11, '12. Shefon is inspired to be part of this summit because she wants to shape policy, and change the culture of how we look at Opportunity Youth. "We have to ask ourselves, what are the consequences of having young people not having hope for the future?"

#ShameikaMarshall, Twin Cities '12. Meet Shameika Marshall, a new alumna from the Twin Cities who will be joining us in DC this fall. She speaks from her own experience of how Public Allies provided her the platform to be a community leader.