In Philadelphia and Camden, just over 60% of high school students graduate in four years.
Each year, our corps members teach some of Philadelphia's and Camden's most underserved students. The experience teaches our corps members as well—they become lifelong advocates for their kids.
About Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia is the birthplace of our nation’s democracy and boasts a history of momentous events and admirable leaders. Yet despite centuries of innovation and progress in the city, there is still much work to be done. Today in Philadelphia, only 61% of kids from low-income backgrounds graduate from high school within four years, and only 10% will go on to graduate from college. It’s clear that not all of Philadelphia’s students are getting the education and opportunities they deserve.
Since 2003, Teach For America - Greater Philadelphia has been working in partnership with schools and community members across the region to change this reality. Each day, more than 250 corps members strive to be transformational teachers and leaders for the students of Philadelphia and Camden, NJ. They also work with colleagues, parents, principals, and entire neighborhoods to improve outcomes for our kids. Our alumni are also stepping up to implement systemic and innovative change. Marc Mannella (Baltimore ‘98) is the CEO of the expanding KIPP Philadelphia Charter Schools, while Dr. Joseph Conway (New York ’92) is the founder and head of the Camden’s Charter School Network. Alyson Goodner’s (Bay Area ’02) works at School Collective and links schools across Philadelphia. Alejandro Gac-Artigas (Greater Philadelphia ’09) is the founder of the Springboard Collaborative and leads efforts to increase literacy enrichment opportunities.
We have so many reasons to believe that Greater Philadelphia can live up to its place in history by helping our citizens fulfill the promise of the American dream, and we won’t stop working until that becomes our reality.
As of 2013, we are expanding our impact by welcoming in corps members to teach in Trenton, NJ, as well.
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He served in grant-writing and admissions roles for the Mariana Bracetti Academy and Freire Charter School in Philadelphia and then joined the Teach For America - Greater Philadelphia staff as the director of community and district partnerships in 2010. Tre next led the region’s alumni affairs team before stepping into the role of executive director. A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Tre graduated from the University of Maryland.