We have seen a clear demand for our 32,000-strong Teach For America alumni network to work in urban education, rural education, and public policy. Today, more than 80 percent of our alumni report that they work in full-time jobs that support communities in poverty. One in three alumni from the past 24 years is a teacher today, and more than 60 percent of alumni work full-time in education.
Over and over again, partners in these fields have asked us to send Teach For America alumni their way, as they look to gain access to committed and hard-working people with experience teaching in high-need communities. We have an opportunity to do more to invest in the ongoing leadership development of our diverse alumni base to be an ever greater part of the solution.
I’m excited to share that we launched three new fellowship programs this year. These fellowships will enable participants to develop the right experience and learn to make an impact in some of the roles where they are most needed.
At Teach For America, we don’t have all the answers. So, for these fellowships, we are acting as facilitators and conveners, selecting candidates and matching them with opportunities. Then, we partner with respected experts in the fields of urban education, rural education, and public policy to provide Fellows with best-in-class professional development. We are excited about the program’s diversity, as more than half of the participants across the three fellowships identify as people of color.
The three fellowships are designed to further the impact of Teach For America alumni in specific fields: