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Top 5 Reasons to Teach in NYC

With a network of over 6,000 corps members and alumni, Teach For America New York continues to play a leading role in New York City's movement for educational equity. 

By The TFA Editorial Team

November 26, 2018

Since Teach For America's founding in 1990, Teach For America New York has developed and supported a diverse network of leaders who expand opportunity for New York City's 1.1 million students. Learn more about why corps members and alumni choose to make their impact in the five boroughs of New York. 

1. Going where you're needed most

New York City is home to the nation’s largest public school system. Educators here serve 1.1 million students from richly diverse backgrounds in more than 1,700 elementary and secondary schools. Each of these students, from our city’s youngest learners in PreK to our most recent graduates, has limitless potential. Potential is distributed equally among them, but opportunity is not. Students across the city are left out of the opportunity to receive an excellent education. Students living in poverty, students who are immigrants, who identify as LGBTQ, and the 20% of students in our city with special needs are among the most vulnerable. Teach For America New York is committed to working in service of and in partnership with ALL students.

2. Leading a movement

New York has the privilege of being one of Teach For America’s founding regions. Since 1990, more than 6,500 corps members have put their talents to work in New York City public schools. Currently we partner with 159 schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, including includes district schools, charter schools, and community-based organizations. New York is home to the largest Teach For America corps and alumni base. As a result, more than 160,000 students in New York City are impacted by Teach For America New York corps members and alumni educators every day.

3. A growing TFA community committed to kids

There are over 5,500 Teach For America alumni working across sectors who all have a shared experience of working to bring educational equity to the schools that need it the most. Over 80% of these alumni still work in education or in roles impacting low-income communities.

4. Diverse students and teachers

New York has one of the most diverse populations in the world. More than 30 percent of New Yorkers are foreign-born and virtually every nationality is represented. In our region, two out of three corps members share the backgrounds of our students, including corps members who identify as people of color, are native New Yorkers, and are first generation college graduates.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness is central to our work. Teaching for Educational Equity (TEE) sessions support our corps members’ journey in developing the leadership skills, strategies, and mindsets necessary to navigate the New York City landscape. This includes developing strategies for emotional resilience, deepening knowledge of the history of New York, and understanding one’s own racial identity development.

5. A partnership approach

We recognize that none of this can be done alone and our partnerships with organizations and initiatives citywide has been instrumental in making educational equity more attainable. We are proud partners of including NYC Men Teach and the historic expansion of PreK For All. We also partner with Relay Graduate School of Education to deliver a customized summer training for all corps members.