We’re grateful to the organizations whose support powers our STEM Initiative. If you’re interested in supporting us, email STEM@teachforamerica.org.
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Initiative
Why STEM Matters
STEM fields are at the core of our country’s innovation. All students—especially students from low-income backgrounds and students of color—should be fully included in the equation.
About Our Initiative
Teach For America and the Amgen Foundation launched the STEM Initiative in 2006, announcing our commitment to empowering all students with a great STEM education. Today, Teach For America is one of the largest—and most diverse—providers of STEM teachers in the country. Approximately 3,500 of our corps members teach an elementary or secondary STEM subject.
We want to recognize other organizations such as SHPE, NSBE, SWE, AISES, SACNAS, and oSTEM working to make STEM fields more diverse.
Spotlight on Computer Science
As part of our STEM work, we are recruiting a diverse group of new teachers to implement Exploring Computer Science in high-needs schools and working with the President’s STEM AmeriCorps initiative to promote opportunities for educators to engage in after-school and out-of-school programs sponsored by partner organizations like NCWIT, Google CS First, and Code.org. Get involved by emailing STEM@teachforamerica.org.
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