All kids, no matter where they live, deserve access to a great education. We know this is possible. It takes committed leaders in our classrooms today who will continue to fight for students tomorrow.
Today, over 15 million children grow up in poverty, and only 8% will graduate college by age 24. As a state, California is ranked 48th in academic performance; and in San Francisco, only 14% of African American students finish high school on time, while in the South Bay, Palo Alto High School's graduation rate is 99.4%.
Teach For America is a growing movement of leaders focused on ensuring all kids, no matter their zip code, get an excellent education. We recruit and train exceptional recent graduates and professionals, known as corps members, to expand educational opportunity, starting by teaching for two years in a low-income community. Through the experience of succeeding with their students corps members gain added conviction that educational inequity is a solvable problem, a better understanding of the problem in all its complexity, and insights into the solutions. Then, as alumni leaders shaped by their corps experience they work as veteran teachers, school leaders, political leaders, and across all sectors to effect the fundamental changes necessary to achieve educational opportunity for all.
By donating to Teach For America – Bay Area you are helping us bring new leaders into this work; leaders that will impact 80 students each day; leaders that will work hard to ensure that all kids in San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, and San Jose receive a quality education.