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How do you define a low-income community?

Teach For America believes that the movement to end educational inequity must be diverse in every respect. We value the perspective of individuals who share the backgrounds of the students we teach, including socioeconomically.

Indicators of what we mean by growing up in a low-income community include, but are not limited to:

  • Qualifying for free or reduced price lunch when in elementary, middle, and/or high school.
  • Receiving government aid such as supplementary security income, food stamps, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), WIC (supplemental nutritional program for women, infants, and children).

When considering the question of working or volunteering in a low-income community, we encourage you to use your best judgment. If you feel that any of your experiences could be described as having been in a low-income community, you should indicate that on your application.

Applicants, have questions or need help? Contact us