African American Community Initiative
Teachers who share the backgrounds of their students do more than just teach their students the possibilities; they show them. The African American Community Initiative works in solidarity with the African American community to dramatically increase the number of black men and women who choose teaching as a career. Today, Teach For America places more African American teachers in classrooms than does any other single entity.
Yet teachers alone can’t solve the challenges black children face. It will take a village of individuals, organizations, schools, and families working together to expand opportunity. The African American Community Initiative is taking action—in the community, in the classroom, and on staff—to build that village.
Email us at AfAmpartnerships@teachforamerica.org to learn more.
Join Us And Take Action
- In the Classroom
- In the Community
- On Our Staff
One in four black students attends a high school where graduating isn’t the norm. In classrooms across the country, our corps members are working with passion and commitment to give their students an education that will expand their opportunities in life. You can join them—apply to our corps.
And listen to what Teach For America alumnus Dymir Arthur has to say about his experience.
Just 2 percent of our nation’s teachers are black men. Students, schools, and the entire system are missing out on more than just educators because “teacher” doesn’t begin to define the roles black men can play in the classroom. Last year more than 21,000 people signed our pledge to say 2 percent is not enough. Now, we need to mobilize. Recommend a leader for a classroom today.
Each year, Teach For America provides identity-based professional development summits for staff. Our African American staff convenes annually for The Gathering. The Gathering 2015: Building Leadership, Advocacy, Community, and Partnership was held in St. Louis with more than 400 staff engaged in advocacy, leadership development, and community support experiences.
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