Parents, Family, and Friends

A Career With Impact

Joining the corps is the start of a lifetime of impact, leadership, and advocacy.
  • Empower Students
  • Develop Personally and Professionally
  • Be Part of a Community and Network

Empower Students

Teach For America corps members help their students achieve academic success and dramatically expand their life opportunities.

Independent research shows that corps members are as effective, and sometimes more effective, at driving student success as other experienced teachers in the same schools.

Develop Personally and Professionally

Every day corps members are challenged to think creatively, solve problems, and demonstrate empathy as they motivate others. They have access to:


Be Part of a Community and Network

Corps members bond with both TFA and other veteran teachers in their schools and build relationships with students, parents, and community leaders.

As alumni, they are part of a diverse network of successful leaders from all sectors who are passionate about making positive social change. They support each other personally and professionally and share exciting career opportunities. Many collaborate to launch new schools, nonprofits, social ventures, and businesses.

Graduate schools and employers value the skills, commitment, and perspective developed in the corps and offer special benefits to TFA corps members and alumni.

Leaders Shaping Our Future


Teach For America alumni are building on what they learned in the corps to lead, drive change, and advocate for equity in many different career sectors. Meet a few of them.

Frequently Asked Questions


Family and friends play a big role in corps members’ decision to apply and their success as teachers. Here are the answers to common questions that will help you understand our program and support your loved one as he or she considers joining Teach For America.

  • The TFA Experience
  • Program Specifics
  • After Teaching
  • Funding and Support

What Parents Say

Learn about the experiences other families and friends have had as their loved ones taught in the corps.


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Sunny P. Chico
Founder and President, SPC Educational Services
“My son Michael loved his experience in the corps. Expecting to teach math as former business student, Michael was assigned to teach preschool on the southwest side of Chicago. Michael loved working with his students and his time in the corps positively shaped his career path. He is now a Principal and a doctoral student focusing on urban educational leadership. I support Teach For America because it is supporting the growth of all students throughout the country.”
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Judy Belk
President and CEO, The California Wellness Foundation
"I treated Casey to a well-deserved weekend in New York three months into her first year with TFA. I hadn't seen her since I helped her get settled in St. Louis where she was teaching. By our New York trip, lots had changed for her. She had witnessed the Ferguson uprising; learned to manage more than 30 kindergartners with no assistant and few basic supplies; and gained the respect of her tough-love principal. Casey seemed taller, wiser, and more convinced than ever that TFA was the right choice for her. She was a changed person."

Teaching, and So Much More


Corps members are leading students to success, growing in incredible ways, and starting on a path to real impact. Read more about why becoming part of Teach For America changes the lives of students and their teachers.