All of New York City's 1.1 million students have the potential to be the leaders our city needs. Thousands of Teach For America New York corps members and alumni are working together to make sure all NYC children get the education that supports, inspires, and challenges them to become those leaders.
Since our founding in 1990, Teach For America New York has played a leading role in NYC’s movement for educational equity. We have introduced more than 6,500 promising leaders to New York City schools. With incoming corps sizes ranging from 100 to 500+, TFA corps members have helped to meet critical needs for diverse talent in hard-to-staff areas—special education, STEM, and early childhood education—in low-income neighborhoods that have difficulty attracting and retaining qualified teachers.
Our corps members and alumni are among the group of bold leaders who have helped to change the prevailing ideology about what is possible for kids of color from low-income backgrounds. Their classrooms and schools serve as proof points, demonstrating that with high expectations, clear vision and goals, solid plans and strong execution, all students can achieve at high levels. While TFA did not invent data-driven instruction, its teachers and leaders helped to make it a widespread practice in schools across our city.