• 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 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, Camden, NJ, and Trenton, 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 (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 June 2013, we are beginning to transition ownership of our Camden and Trenton corps to Teach For America New Jersey (formerly Teach For America Greater Newark).  By fall 2014, we will have unified our corps members and alumni in all New Jersey cities into a single, fully operational region – allowing Teach For America- Greater Philadelphia to focus our full efforts on the opportunities and challenges ahead of us in Philly.

Connect With Us

100 West Oxford Street Suite E-3000
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Tel 215-592-9260
Fax 215-425-9265

Executive Director

Charles Barrett Adams
Charles Barrett Adams
Prior to joining Teach for America, Charles Barrett Adams served as Head of School at the SEED Public Charter School of Washington DC.

In this role he provided outstanding leadership both programmatically and within the culture of the school delivering direct impact on the success of students. Prior to joining SEED, Charles served as a principal for 3 years and in various other education leadership roles of increasing responsibility over his career, including teaching.  Charles earned his B.S. in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and has family and friends throughout the Greater Philadelphia community.  In addition to the B.S., Charles holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Howard University School of Law and a Master’s in Education from Baruch College-City University of New York.  Possibly as important as his academic credentials is the fact that he began his career as an educator via Public Allies DC as an AmeriCorps member.  As the Greater Philadelphia region leader Charles has demonstrated in many ways that he lives by our core values and is deeply convicted to our One Day vision.

Regional Stats

Year TFA Arrived
Corps Size The First Year
Corps Size This Year
Alumni In The Region
Percent of Alumni in Education
Data valid as of: Aug 2014