Teach For America Recruiting DACA Recipients For Its Teaching Corps

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, December 12, 2013Eligible Students With DACA Status Sought to Teach in Urban and Rural Public Schools And Apply Their Leadership Toward the Cause of Educational Equity

For Immediate Release
 

Media Contact:
Takirra Winfield
917-991-7945
Takirra.Winfield@teachforamerica.org


NEW YORK CITY, December 12, 2013—Teach For America announced today that, effective immediately, it is actively recruiting eligible individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status. Teach For America enlists emerging leaders of all backgrounds to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong advocates for educational equity.

“Given our mission to expand educational opportunity, we’re doing everything we can to clear the way for DACA recipients who are eligible to join our corps,” said Elisa Villanueva Beard, co-CEO of Teach For America. “This decision reflects our belief that if you’re brought to the U.S. as a child, you should be able to pursue an education without fear of deportation, and have a path to contribute to American society through achievement in education.” 

DACA is open to individuals who came to the United States before the age of 16 and meet a variety of other requirements.

All prospective Teach For America applicants, regardless of their citizenship status, must earn a bachelor’s degree by June 2014, with an undergraduate GPA of at least a 2.50. In order to meet the hiring requirements of Teach For America’s partner school districts, all applicants must provide proof of employment eligibility at the time of their final interview; those with DACA status must have a Social Security number and an employment authorization document (EAD) at this time.

Teach For America places a focus on attracting and fostering the leadership of individuals who share the racial and/or economic backgrounds of the students in low-income communities.The organization has found that its most effective corps members represent all races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds, but when they share the backgrounds of their students they have the potential for profound additional impact.

Teach For America’s next application deadline is January 24, 2014.

 

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, 11,000 corps members are teaching in 48 urban and rural regions across the country while 32,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, 10,600 corps members are teaching in 50 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 37,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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