Picture standing in front of a classroom, having grown up undocumented. Imagine having the opportunity to share your story from fearing deportation to the day you graduated from college, and what it was like to get admitted to Teach For America. Think about the impact your story could have on your students, both those born in the United States and those who weren’t.
Across the country, there are countless children living in the shadows and being denied the opportunity to pursue an excellent education. A teacher is often the first adult an undocumented student will ask for help.
Whether or not you choose to share your personal story with your students, you know first-hand about the concerns undocumented kids face on a daily basis. Every corps member can be a role model and ally for children, but you can be an additional inspiration and offer guidance based on your shared background. That’s why we support the DREAM Act and actively recruit recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to apply for our corps.