Recently, many scholars and academics have started creating awareness on how the public schooling system is creating more inequalities than ever before. Teach for America looks to alleviate that and empower the underprivileged of this nation helping them to unlock their potential through education.
Inequality manifests itself all over our society, and although we have made much progress, there is a long way to go. Education has long been seen as a way to overcome some of this, and have people earn their way up through merit. Unfortunately, even with our public education system, there is still a large number of disadvantaged students across the country.
If you have ever felt like making a difference in the lives of the deprived people of this country, then this could be your calling. Education, after all, is one of the best ways to lift people out of poverty.
Teach for America: Guiding the Future Leaders
Teach for America is a non-profit organization with a mission to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many of America’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.
The organization looks for fresh college graduates from some of the United States’ most prestigious Universities to become “corp members” and teach in schools across the country that are the most in need.
The organization was founded in 1989 by Wendy Kopp, based on her graduate thesis that envisioned a national teaching corps that would work to improve the quality of education in US public schools. Since then she has also created “Teach for All” which looks to emulate the success of Teach for America across the world with its network of international non-profit organizations.
Teach for America has grown exponentially since its humble beginnings. Originally only serving 6 regions, but now 25 years on, it has served students and schools across 52 regions across the United States.
Since its founding, the organization has had around 60,000 alumni serve in its ranks, and has taught over 5 million students across America.
How You Can Help Improve Education Across America
Teach for America corps members commit to serve for at least 2 years, teaching in public schools located in one of the low-income communities served by Teach for America.
You do not have to be a certified teacher to volunteer for Teach for America, but certified teachers are welcome in its ranks.
Volunteers are put through an intensive summer training program, in preparation for their duties and commitment to the initiative. Different locations will have different details in the training course, but generally, it lasts five to seven weeks and focuses on imparting the skills and mindset each corp member needs to serve and make a difference.
Corp members are considered full-fledged teaching faculty at the schools where they will serve and will receive the normal school district salary. Aside from this, they are also entitled to an AmeriCorps education voucher.
If you’re passionate about helping others achieve their true potential, Teach for America is a platform where you can guide, nurture, and teach the future leaders of this great nation.