The Collective is Teach For America's national association for alumni who identify as Native, Indigenous, and people of color. We grow leadership capacity, strengthen community, and increase access to opportunities—all in the interest of serving our students.
About The Collective
In 2011, our alumni of color community had grown to more than 5,000 people. The Collective emerged from the question: How can we unleash the potential of our alumni who identify as Native, Indigenous, and people of color to advance our mission, faster and stronger?
The Collective network has since grown to include dozens of regional chapters and a suite of national programs focused on helping alumni who identify as Native, Indigenous, and people of color increase their impact.
Participants have been connected to opportunities to:
- grow their professional networks
- build skills as school and systems leaders
- join regional boards
- pursue policy roles
- mentor current corps members of color
- impact their communities through local action
“The Collective forges connections between corps members and alumni of color, giving us a safe and familiar place to exist.”Ashley JacksonCharlotte–Piedmont Triad 2011
Teach For America's alumni of color community size
Regional Collective chapters
Participating in your region’s Collective chapter fosters a strong local network and provides a forum for alumni. Alumni are invited to exchange ideas and advance their impact at the regional level.
Each of our 40 chapters focuses on issues specific to the community and are aligned to national Collective pillars. Connect with your local Collective chapter by reaching out to its associated TFA regional office.
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We seek to meaningfully advance educational outcomes for our children through the continuous engagement, leadership development, and mobilization of alumni who identify as Native, Indigenous, and people of color.
1. Leadership Development
Provide experiences that place alumni of color on a path to transformational leadership.
2. Community and Network Building
Build a strong network that fosters a deep sense of connection among alumni of color.
3. Collective Action
Mobilize our collective leadership to make a significant difference for kids in low-income communities.
“The Collective provides an incredible opportunity to interact with other like-minded people of color. I have been challenged, inspired, and sharpened.”
National Advisory Board of The Collective
The Collective’s National Advisory Board is composed of alumni of color who draw on their expertise in board service, educational leadership, public policy, and social entrepreneurship to amplify the voice and impact of the national Collective community. They also provide strategic guidance to Teach For America’s senior leadership.