Teach For America Central Florida strives to make a world-class education a reality for all students in the community.
Teach For America Central Florida is evolving to meet the needs of the city—and alumni. Beginning in 2020, the region will no longer be accepting corps members. Current corps members, who are placed in 10 schools, will continue to receive full support from staff as TFA Central Florida transitions into an alumni region. As an alumni driven region, we'll be able to prioritize nurturing the work of alumni across the state, including Orlando, Jacksonville, and Miami. We see this as a positive evolution for our region—it will allow Teach For America Central Florida to serve as a centralized hub, offering support alumni and develop leadership to expand impact
While Orlando is known for theme parks and summer vacations, those who live there know there is so much more to the City Beautiful. Orlando has a thriving economy with growth in fields like medicine, tech, and social innovation. But the city also suffers from a common urban challenge: a community divided into those who have access to opportunities and those who do not.
In Orange County Public Schools there are more than 200,000 students. Approximately 65 percent of these students come from low-income homes. Research shows that children from low-income backgrounds are 10 times less likely to graduate from college than students from more affluent circumstances. With statistics such as these, many students in Orlando face major barriers to succeed in college, career, and life, unless we work together to make dramatic changes to the way we serve their academic, social, and emotional needs.
Since 2015, more than 100 Teach For America corps members have led classrooms in nearly a dozen schools across Orlando, working to create equal educational opportunities for all students. Today, our corps members and alumni affect over 4,000 local students daily and we are excited about growing that impact in the coming years.