Getting to One Day in NYC
People from every part of the country and world are proud to call New York City home. We lead on so many fronts, but too many of our students aren’t getting the world-class education they deserve.
New York City’s public school system is the largest in the nation, and it is falling short. Our schools reflect the stark inequities in our neighborhoods: only one in ten high school graduates from our city’s lowest income communities is prepared for college.
Teach For America-New York recruits, develops, and supports emerging leaders to teach in low-income communities throughout NYC. By attracting and retaining diverse, talented, committed educators, we strive to help develop great neighborhood schools – schools that support, inspire, and challenge students to become the leaders our city needs.
Addressing Our City’s Critical Needs
Our city has a critical need for early childhood and special educators, and math and science instructors. These needs are even more pronounced in the low-income communities. TFA – New York is answering the call with qualified individuals who can connect with the kids and families in the NYC neighborhoods where we work.
Because it’s hard to become what you can’t see, we strive to attract teachers who reflect the backgrounds of their students and create the conditions for them to thrive. In our 2014 corps, 60% identify as teachers of color, 51% are from a low-income background, and 34% are native New Yorkers.
Engaging TFA Alumni Across NYC
Our 4,200 NYC alumni are a vital part of a strong and growing movement for educational equity in NYC too. More than 1,400 are still in the classroom, 230 are school leaders, 75 are system leaders, and 50 are social entrepreneurs. Whatever their current role, we’re working to help all of our alumni take action in service of great neighborhood schools.