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Teachers who share the backgrounds of their students do more than just teach their students the possibilities—they show them.

Black Community Alliances’ Mission

The Black Community Alliances (BCA) cultivates and develops relationships with external organizations committed to strengthening Black educators, students, and communities. Partnerships expand the professional and personal development of Black staff, alumni, and corps members to make sure that Teach For America is in greater service to the community.

The Decision to Use “Black”

Our decision to use “Black” instead of “African American” is to ensure the geographical and cultural inclusivity of everyone within the African diaspora. We hope to highlight that African Americans are one of many variations within a larger global community of individuals who have a shared ancestry yet diverse cultures, customs, and languages.

In The Classroom

Teachers who share the backgrounds of their students do more than just teach their students the possibilities—they show them. We work in solidarity with the Black community to dramatically increase the number of Black men and women who choose teaching as a career. Today, we are one of the largest contributors of teachers of color in the nation.

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Get Involved with BCA

“Educational inequity was something that I was noticing, starting as early as 6th grade, and this deep-seated discomfort started to grow within me. I ultimately think that's what brought me here.”

Jenn Jeffers

Lead Teacher, Conexiones Concordia Parish

Greater New Orleans Corps Member 2010

Our Community Partners

We are intentional about partnering with organizations and community influencers that align to our mission. Together with our partners, we work hand-in-hand to strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. To become a community partner of BCA, email Tamila Gresham, Senior Managing Director, Black Community Alliances.

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    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, and provides service and advocacy for communities.

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    UNCF envisions a nation where all Americans have equal access to a college education that prepares them for rich intellectual lives, competitive and fulfilling careers, engaged citizenship and service to our nation.

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    National Women’s Law Center

    NWLC champions policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential at every stage of their lives.

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    Young Black and Giving Back Institute

    YBGB Institute equips, inspire, and empowers young black professionals, social entrepreneurs, and activists to effectively invest in changing their communities through civic leadership and philanthropy.

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    Day of Purpose

    Day of Purpose challenges people to live their lives with a sense of purpose.

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    The Creative School

    The Creative School is a student led network of creatives that co-design experiences leading to academic, personal, and communal wellness. 

Stories in the News

Efforts to Close Achievement Gap Have Ignored Black Educators

A piece in Essence by Brittany Packnett on how Black educators are fighting for our children.

Educator Leading the Charge to Take Down Confederate Monuments

Read about Tami Sawyer, a Memphis native, and her work to take down her city’s Confederate monuments.

Millennial Teachers of Color Will Change Public Schools – If Given The Chance 

A report by the Brookings’ Brown Center Chalkboard blog about the power of teachers of color in America’s increasingly diverse classrooms.

Changing the Face of Philanthropy

TFA alumni and staff participated in the 2018 Changing the Face of Philanthropy Summit, hosted by the Young, Black & Giving Back Institute. Learn more about the experience.