In 2012, only 14% African American males graduated from San Francisco district high schools with the requisite credits to even apply to a California State University. African American and Latino students in Richmond average nearly the lowest test scores among all California school districts. And, in San Jose over 2,000 kids in grades 6 – 12 dropout of school every year. Yet, we know it doesn't have to be that way.
Teach For America works in partnership with the community to help end educational inequity in the Bay Area. Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding recent college graduates and professionals, called corps members, who commit to teach in high-need schools for at least two years. Our current Bay Area corps reaches more than 30,000 students in Richmond, Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose. They work with others in their community to ensure that they have the opportunities they deserve, in school and in life. Armed with a firsthand understanding of what it takes to help students fulfill their true potential, following their two year commitment corps members become alumni who continue to lead and support critical efforts to end educational inequity.
San Francisco's Everett Middle School – where just over 40% of the faculty are Teach For America corps members or alumni – made the largest jump in state test scores of all of San Francisco Unified School District last year. Across the Bay in Oakland, Teach For America alumna I'Asha Warfield was recently named California Teacher of the Year and is now in the running for National Teacher of the Year. Teach For America is channeling the talent of a generation toward eliminating educational inequity in the Bay Area.
In the Fall of 2013, Teach For America will be welcoming an incoming corps of more than 200 leaders to schools in Richmond, San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland. For this to happen, we need your help. The goal of Challenge for Tomorrow's Leaders
is to raise $250,000 to help Teach For America recruit, train, and provide ongoing support for at least 50 of these incoming teachers. With your generosity we have the potential to fundamentally change the academic trajectories of 4,000 students in the Bay next year alone, and continue to be a critical source of talented leadership for schools and communities. Help us ensure that all kids in the Bay Area have access to a great education – spread the word and join the Challenge for Tomorrow's Leaders.