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Greater Baton Rouge Teach For America Partners With Capital Area United Way in Donaldsonville Community

Teach For America South Louisiana received a $15,000 grant from Capital Area United Way to support teacher talent and retention in the Donaldsonville community.

Baton Rouge, La. - Teach For America South Louisiana received a $15,000 grant from Capital Area United Way to support teacher talent and retention in the Donaldsonville community of Ascension Parish. This funding is a portion of Capital Area United Way's $100,188 investment in partnerships with ten nonprofit organizations serving Ascension Parish. 

"Over the past decade, the Donaldsonville community has made strong progress in improving academic outcomes for students," said Laura Vinsant, Executive Director of Teach For America South Louisiana. "Teach For America is proud to have partnered with the Ascension Parish School Board for the past 8 years to secure diverse, high-quality teacher talent for Donaldsonville schools, supporting the district’s work to recruit and retain educators. We’re excited to now partner with the Capital Area United Way in strengthening this effort, which supports Teach For America corps member and alumni teachers working to expand academic opportunities for Donaldsonville students and families."

Currently, there are more than 20 Teach For America leaders partnering with schools in the Donaldsonville community. The project supports professional development events, financial assistance to offset transportation costs and a service project in the community. 

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Teach For America works in partnership with urban and rural communities in more than 50 regions across the country to expand educational opportunity for children. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today Teach For America is a force of nearly 60,000 alumni and corps members committed to profound systemic change. From classrooms to districts to state houses across America, they’re reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence, and to lead. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Jared Williams

Teach For America

Baton Rouge, LA