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Living in Alabama means following in the footsteps of the activists who came before them and taking part in fighting for equity and civil rights for all people today

For our corps members, living in Alabama also means being part of a close-knit community. Southern hospitality is a way of life in our state—neighbors and parents may offer to cook you a delicious dinner or show you around the town. Affordable housing offers corps members the opportunity to live in the same communities as their students and build relationships with families and other community partners. As a corps member you will quickly grow and expand your network by working side-by-side with your local community.

While about one-third of our corps members live in rural areas such as Selma, Perry County, and Hale County, we also have many current corps members and alumni living and working in Birmingham. After a long week in the classroom, corps members can head north to Huntsville and visit NASA’s Space and Rocket Center or south for a relaxing weekend on the Gulf Coast, hang out in Birmingham and peruse Pepper Place Farmers Market, hike at one of Alabama’s many state parks, or head to Tuscaloosa or Auburn and catch an SEC football game. Teach For America Alabama truly offers the best of all worlds: small town intimacy with easy access to a big city and the great outdoors.

Learn more about teaching in Alabama, including where Teach For America places corps members within the state, salary information, and details on certification and training.

“I love living in Birmingham because it is a growing city with easy access to the leaders of the city and the big businesses.”

Emily Cook

Alabama Corps Member 2013

Neighborhood Highlights - Woodlawn

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    Higher Academics Summer School (HASS)

    Higher Academics Summer School (HASS) is a four-week academic summer program that serves high achieving students from the rural, Black Belt of Alabama. HASS was started in 2011 by two Teach For America teachers who recognized the importance of providing more opportunities for students to continue learning during the summer months. 

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    The CAP & GOWN Project

    The CAP & GOWN project prepares underrepresented students in Huntsville City Schools to graduate from college and invest their talent in North Alabama. The program gives Huntsville high school students the opportunity to visit colleges within the region and gain exposure to options after high school.

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    Teach For America Alabama, the Poses Foundation, and Understood have partnered to incorporate Understood's knowledge and resources into our ongoing professional development. The goal of this partnership is to increase awareness of learning and attention issues and support for diverse learners among corps members, parents and colleagues in the TFA network.