Lead Gift in Growth Investor Campaign Launches Ambitious Growth Plan for Teach For America in Colorado

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kaitlin Gastrock | Teach For America
(646) 315-1396 | kaitlin.gastrock@teachforamerica.org

DENVER, April 26, 2011—Teach For America announced today that they are joining forces with The Anschutz Foundation in the effort to expand educational opportunity in Colorado. The Anschutz Foundation will contribute $4 million over four years to support Teach For America’s work to recruit, train, and support top college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in underserved public schools and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational equity.

Today, 260 Teach For America corps members are reaching more than 15,000 students in underserved Colorado public schools. With ambitious plans to grow the organization’s impact in Colorado, The Anschutz grant will serve as the lead gift in Teach For America-Colorado’s Growth Investors campaign to raise $20 million from Colorado supporters. These funds will play a catalytic role in Teach For America’s efforts to grow the Colorado corps size to 800 and the alumni network in Colorado to 1,500 by the 2014-15 school year. The Growth Investors campaign is the first phase in efforts to create a network of over 2,000 committed individuals working to close the achievement gap in Denver, Greeley, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, San Luis Valley, and The Four Corners classrooms and from all sectors throughout the state.

“Teach For America corps members and alumni are driven by a passionate belief in every child’s potential to achieve,” said Sean VanBerschot, executive director of Teach For America in Colorado. “This generous gift from The Anschutz Foundation will enable more of these dedicated leaders to have a lasting impact on Colorado students, schools, and communities.”

“The Anschutz Foundation is proud to support Teach For America’s work to train effective teachers and foster committed leaders in the movement for educational excellence and equity,” said Libby Brown of The Anschutz Foundation. “As an organization dedicated to strengthening families and communities, we see creating educational opportunity as one of the highest priorities for our state.”

About Teach For America
Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. Today, more than 8,200 corps members are teaching in 39 regions across the country while 20,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org.