Since 2012, Teach For America Southwest Ohio has worked alongside our partners in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky to create opportunities for kids in our most underserved communities.
When we started in here in 2012, over 50 percent of children in the region grew up in poverty. Just 39 percent of fifth graders growing up in the city of Cincinnati were proficient in grade-level math, compared to 91 percent of their suburban peers. The gap is similarly wide in Dayton, where 28 percent of fifth-graders growing up in poverty were proficient, compared to 84 percent of their neighbors growing up in higher income households. In Northern Kentucky, the rates of proficiency for city versus suburban students were 40 percent and 84 percent, respectively.
But we know change is possible. We know that when children are held to high expectations and invested in their education, there is no limit to their success. With that in mind, we are thrilled to embark upon our seventh year in Southwest Ohio—partnering with students, families, businesses, local leaders, and the community at large to give all of our region’s children access to the freedom that comes with an excellent education.
Alumni in the Area
“Cincinnati is the location of 2001 civil unrest that mirrors the issues rocking our nation today. I am so grateful to be in this historically rich and diverse area, to work side by side with people who are passionate about equity in our nation—starting in SWO.”