One day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding top college graduates, graduate students, and professionals who commit two years to teach in low-income urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity for all. Our mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.
In the short run, our corps members work relentlessly to ensure that more students growing up today in our country's lowest-income communities are given the educational opportunities they deserve. In the long run, our alumni are a powerful force of leaders working from inside education and from every other sector to effect the fundamental changes needed to ensure that all children have an equal chance in life.
Teach For America’s network in the 2012-13 school year includes 10,000 corps members teaching in 46 regions across the country and nearly 28,000 alumni working in education and many other sectors to create the systemic changes that will help end educational inequity.
A DIVERSE GROUP OF LEADERS
We look for individuals who show leadership potential and have other traits that are found in our most successful teachers.
Over the past 24 years, we’ve learned that there is no specific personality profile or background that predicts success in the classroom. Some corps members were educators prior to joining, but many do not have any prior experience in the education field. Your potential as a corps member can shine through whether you’ve led your student government, managed a complex project at work, achieved academic honors, served our country in the armed forces, or rallied support for a cause that’s important to you. And those are just a few of the countless experiences our most successful corps members bring to the table.
- Full salary up to $50,000
- Health insurance
- Receive a $5,000 per year education award through Americorps
- Eligible for federal student loan forbearance
- Retirement benefits