Joining Teach For America means you will have lifelong access to a professional support network and opportunities to build a meaningful career. You will join a network of more than 60,000 leaders who share your passion and are eager to support you in collectively working toward the day when all kids have access to an excellent education. Learn more about how the TFA network will support you at every stage of your experience as a corps member and throughout your life as an alum.
Meet Your Fellow Leaders, Friends, and Mentors
Once you've accepted your offer to join the corps, you will have opportunities to connect with other corps members, alumni, and staff who will work alongside you in your region. Most regions host an in-person "induction"—a multi-day event to welcome new corps members before they head off to institute. This is a great time to ask questions and get advice from those who understand what it's like to be in your shoes—and to discover new friends who share your excitement, passion, and interests.
At Summer Training Institute
While institute is a rigorous summer training experience, it's also a time when you'll form deep bonds with your fellow corps members who are sharing the same experience. Institutes are run by TFA staff, alumni, and corps members as well as many local community parters outside of TFA who will become part of your network. This group will support you by providing instruction, coaching, and feedback throughout your summer training.
During institute, you'll most likely become roommates with other corps members and form close friendships that you'll maintain well into alumnihood. You may even meet your soulmate.
“We have created a network that provides support, mentoring opportunities, thought partners, job opportunities, and countless other things. Collectively, we have created a space where innovation and growth are welcomed and encouraged.”
During the Corps
Before the school year begins, you will be paired with a personal coach, typically called a "Manager of Teacher Leadership Development" (or MTLD for short). Your MTLD will support your development as a teacher and leader throughout your time in the corps. Some regions also have transition teams led by second-year corps members and alumni who serve as mentors and help you navigate the transition to life as a corps member.
Many corps members work in schools where other corps members are teaching. In some cases you may be placed in a school where TFA alumni are also working as veteran teachers, heads of departments, or as school principals.
Throughout the year you'll have the opportunity to connect with corps members, alumni, and staff at events and monthly professional development sessions held in your region. Corps members can also join TFA's national groups for identity-based alliances and initiatives to connect with others across the TFA network who share similar backgrounds and interests.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Alliance
The Asian American and Pacific Islander Alliance works to grow our base of Asian American, Native Hawai'ian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) teachers and leaders in order to better reflect our nation’s AANHPI students and anticipate the changing student demographics in our schools.
Military Veterans Initiative
The Military Veterans Initiative supports veterans and military spouses who want to serve their country yet again by putting their leadership skills to work in the classrooms that need them most.
Beyond the Corps
Alumni have built on the relationships they forged during their time in the corps to deepen their classroom teaching experience, launch schools, start up socially conscious businesses, and lead civic initiatives that have profoundly impacted communities all across the country.
As an alum you can to turn to your network for career opportunities, to start ventures, and to find mentors working in a variety of fields that impact education. Explore opportunities available to TFA alumni.
D.C. Region '12
Aspire Public Schools (Memphis)
Committed to a life of service, Steven Ward was called to teach even before TFA. Inspired to be a role model and give back to his community, he joined the corps to help bring more black male leaders into the public schools that need them.
Bay Area '07
Seattle Children's Hospital
During a public health internship in college, Lilian realized that teaching would blend her passion for science and her commitment to helping people. She’s now a pediatric resident working in rural communities that lack access to health care.
Bay Area '01
Goldman Sachs & Co
Armed with the belief that America will only be a place of equal opportunity if all kids get an excellent education, Hunter now uses his teaching skills and business acumen to ensure New Orleans charter schools are well run and operationally strong.
Greater Philadelphia '11
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Now in her dream job in the admissions office for a top university, Michelle Strausman realized that a career in education was the perfect fit after joining Teach For America.