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Teach For America Los Angeles

We will unleash the potential of our community's and nation's greatest assets: Our students.

Our mission is to find, develop, and support a diverse network of leaders who expand opportunities for children from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field that shapes the broader systems in which schools operate. Unequal access to opportunity existed long before the pandemic, and this year has been especially hard for our most vulnerable kids. As we recover from the pandemic, we must ensure that equity remains at the heart of education, so that we can accelerate the academic and social-emotional growth of students. We believe in the brilliance of students facing these profound obstacles. We are determined to bring about a more rigorous, equitable education system that will nurture their potential. Transforming public education in our country requires a multi-pronged approach, led by courageous leaders within schools and across the many sectors that impact education. We see this moment as an opportunity to start building the education system we’ve been fighting for over the last 30 years: one that allows every child to learn, lead, thrive, and co-create a future filled with possibility.

The oncoming wave of principal turnover presents an opportunity to install next-generation school leaders. Expansion of programs, schools, and systems will require at least 135 new leaders over the next eight years.

We also need a large and passionate force of politically active education leaders to shape public will, hold elected office, and lead large-scale systemic change.

Our Approach: 

  1. Attract exceptional, equity-oriented leaders into education.
  2. Develop systems leadership in our teachers and their students.
  3. Catalyze alumni leadership, learning, and impact.
  4. Foster inquiry and share insights across communities about creating systems change.

A Force for Change


Corps Members



A Diverse Network of Leaders

Each of us brings unique strengths to this work based on our identities, cultures, and life experiences. Here’s a snapshot of our 2021 corps diversity.


Pell Grant Recipients


Corps Members Identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color

According to a national survey, corps members in Los Angeles are 2x as likely to stay in Los Angeles as other corps members and are 2x as likely to stay in their placement school. Of LA corps members who completed their corps commitment in 2020, 87% have stayed in the classroom.


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606 S Olive St Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Phone: (213)489-9272
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