• Only two-thirds of Clark County’s 315,000 students graduate from high school, posing a major challenge to Nevada’s economic diversification and growth.

  • Community leaders are focused on improving education for all kids in the region. Together, we can solve the problem.

About Las Vegas Valley

When you think Las Vegas, you might think of sunshine, casinos, the strip, or the spinning of roulette wheels. But there's another side to the Las Vegas Valley that most people don't see: We're a tight-knit community trying to weather the ups-and-downs of an uncertain economy, and we are committed to working together so that all our kids can get a great education.

Clark County School District (CCSD), which serves the Las Vegas Valley, is the fifth largest school district in the nation. Only about two-thirds of the district’s 315,000 students graduate from high school. Additionally, Nevada has the lowest percentage of children enrolled in early childhood programs in the country. This poses a serious threat to our state's economic growth. If we can't provide a quality education for all of our kids, then their futures and our community's prospects begin to look dim.

There's great need here, but there's also great opportunity. Since 2004, Teach for America - Las Vegas has placed nearly 700 corps members in the Las Vegas Valley, impacting over 40,000 students growing up in poverty. We've also partnered with CCSD, Zappos, Inc., University of Nevada Las Vegas, and other organizations to improve outcomes for all kids. Community leaders in the Las Vegas Valley recognize that education is the key to improving quality of life for all Las Vegans, and everyone is coming together for our students and our future. Look past your assumptions of Las Vegas, and you'll see a community on the verge of transformational change.

Connect With Us

Las Vegas
701 Bridger Avenue Suite 750
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Tel 702-696-9059
Fax 702-696-0907

Executive Director

Victor Wakefield
Victor Wakefield grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduated from Princeton University, where he studied History and American Studies and played varsity water polo.

He joined Teach For America in 2007 as a language arts teacher at the West Gary Lighthouse Charter School in Gary, Indiana. After the corps, Victor led Teach For America's recruitment efforts at Princeton and Duke. He's very proud that during his tenure,  15% of the senior class applied to Teach For America at each of his schools and that Teach For America was the #1 employer for graduating seniors at Duke. Since moving to the Las Vegas Valley, Victor and  his wife Alexis have immersed themselves in the community. They are now proud to call themselves Las Vegans.

Regional Stats

2004
Year TFA Arrived
60
Corps size the first year
145
INCOMING CORPS SIZE THIS YEAR
285
TOTAL CORPS SIZE THIS YEAR
91%
Percent of Alumni in Education
180
Alumni in region
Data valid as of: Aug 2014