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Join TFA as a DACA Recipient and have a profound impact on students around the country while serving as an ally and role model.

Teach For America Supports DACA

There are countless children living in the shadows in our country, being denied the opportunity to pursue an excellent education.

A teacher is often the first adult an undocumented student will ask for help. As a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, you know first-hand the concerns that undocumented kids face, whether or not you choose to share your background with students.

Every TFA corps member can be an ally for children, but you can be an additional inspiration and offer guidance based on your background. That’s why we actively recruit DACA recipients for our corps. 

Read more about Why TFA Supports DACA.

The Power of Your Presence

Picture standing in front of a classroom, having grown up undocumented in the U.S. Imagine having the opportunity to share your story of fearing deportation to then graduating from college. Think about the impact you could have on students, both those born in the U.S. and those born elsewhere.

Watch Kareli Lizárraga (Colorado ’13), a DACA recipient who taught middle school reading in Denver, share her story .

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Where DACA Recipients Teach

In 2013, the first year after President Obama announced the DACA directive, two DACA recipients joined our corps. Today, we have 240 DACAmented teachers in our network, reaching thousands of students across several states.

Corps members who are DACA recipients have taught in 24 regions:

  • West: The Bay Area, California Capital Valley, Colorado, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, Washington State, Las Vegas Valley
  • Southwest: Dallas–Fort Worth, Houston, New Mexico, Phoenix, Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio
  • Midwest: Chicago–Northwest Indiana, Milwaukee, Southwest Ohio
  • Southeast: Memphis, Metro Atlanta, Nashville
  • East: New York, D.C. Region, New Jersey
  • New England: Connecticut
“Throughout education, teachers are always asked, ‘why?’ Why do we do this work? My ‘why’ is to provide an outlet of comfort and openness to students—to ensure that students know that someone outside of their home is in their corner. ”

Yanicka Peter

New York City Corps Member 2016

Application Information For DACA Recipients

Since 2013, Teach For America DACA corps members have done incredible work in classrooms across the country. They serve not just as classroom leaders, but as role models to their students. The work they do every day is important and we stand with our DACAmented teachers.

We are devastated by the announcement to end DACA and the negative impact it will have on thousands of young people, including the students of our 190 DACAmented corps members. While it is unknown whether Congress will take action to maintain a pathway for DACAmented individuals to work, Teach For America will continue to be open to DACA recipients. We will continue to do so until we know more about their ability to work in classrooms and pursue teaching certifications.

We are monitoring policy regarding DACA recipients carefully and will share updates as we know them. In the meantime, if you have questions regarding our policies for DACA recipients, please contact DACASupport@teachforamerica.org.

DACA FAQs

TFA is committed to accepting DACA recipients into the corps and doing everything we can to anticipate barriers and provide support. Below is more about what we currently know. If you still have questions, please email our DACA support team. For more information about TFA’s response to recent DACA legislation, see our statement on the BRIDGE Act and the Bipartisan DREAM Act of 2017.

Resources for Creating Safe Spaces

Creating safe spaces for students is a priority at Teach For America.

All students deserve to attend schools where their intellectual, emotional, and social needs are met and where learning thrives.

To support safe learning environments, we’ve compiled a list of resources for educators who work with students in marginalized communities.