Once a powerhouse of industry, today Cleveland is among America's poorest cities. While many strategies have been employed to revitalize the region, community leaders are now focusing increased energy on education as a central means to help the city tap its longstanding entrepreneurial spirit and break the cycle of poverty that impacts far too many of its citizens.
Despite hope for a promising future, Cleveland's students from low-income neighborhoods currently face incredibly challenging odds in the pursuit of academic success—odds that prevent too many from reaching their true potential. Just 40% of kids growing up in poverty in Greater Cleveland scored proficient or above in math on state standardized exams, compared to 84% of their more affluent peers. The statistics are equally disheartening in science, where just 28% of kids from low-income communities scored proficient or above, compared to 77% of their wealthier neighbors.
In light of these discouraging statistics, city leaders and community members are working hard to improve educational opportunities for our region's students and are laying the groundwork for change. With the support of families, schools, and community organizations, Teach For America is thrilled to become part of these efforts and help provide a source of leadership and talent to galvanize this change for kids across Northeast Ohio. Corps members are warmly welcomed and invited to make Cleveland their home as the region seeks more leaders to join the work of ensuring that all of our students receive the educational opportunities necessary to reach their full potential and flourish.