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Outside of Detroit there is a common perception of our city and education system: the difficult economy has led to, among other things, a decreasing population and public school system under constant scrutiny and overhaul. Those of us who live and work here, however, understand that this narrative is only a small part of the Detroit story.

Detroit faces big challenges with an even bigger heart. This is a community that fights for its children and is committed to finding the right solutions to overcome every challenge that comes its way. Detroit is a tight-knit community that cares for its children and future. To call yourself a Detroiter you must be passionate about becoming a partner in this community and holding yourself, and your students, to the highest standards.

If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll discover a relatively low cost of living, many charming neighborhoods near your school, and a community of every day leaders who are committed to doing whatever it takes to uplift our city and our children.

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    Ruth Ellis Center

    Ruth Ellis Center has established a national reputation for quality and innovation in providing trauma-informed services for lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth, and young adults, with an emphasis on young people of color, experiencing homelessness, involved in the child welfare system, and/or experiencing barriers to health and wellbeing.

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    Detroit Heals Detroit

    Detroit Heals Detroit was founded in 2018 by TFA alumnus Sirrita Darby (Detroit Corps ’15). The organization exists to foster healing justice for Detroit youth by helping them combat trauma. Using healing-centered engagement, participants share their greatest vulnerabilities with the rest of the world with the purpose of transforming their pain into power.

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    Detroit Parent Network

    Detroit Parent Network (DPN) is Michigan's premier engagement organization that educates, equips and empowers parents as champions for their children and for change in their schools and community.  

“Even in my seventh year of teaching Detroit students, I’m always looking for ways to push myself and grow as an educator so that I can be the best I can be for my students.”

Melanie Wiggins, Teach For America Detroit alumnus

Our Regional Partners

We value our partnerships with local schools, districts, universities, businesses, and other organizations. Our partners play a critical role in creating opportunities for children in our communities.