Teach For America Memphis

Teach For America is a diverse network of leaders working to confront educational inequity through teaching and at every sector of society to create a country free from this injustice.

Teach For America finds outstanding leaders who commit to expanding educational opportunity, beginning with at least two years teaching in an under-resourced public school.

The Tennessean State Report card consistently names Teach for America among the states top teacher-preparation programs. Over 500 local leaders in our program serving as teachers, deans, school leaders, policy leadership roles, social entrepreneurship. 

Teach for America Memphis has been instrumental in shaping much of the current direction of the city’s education system reforms.

Who is this for?  |  Anyone

Established  |  2006

Number of Corps Members |  770

Number Served |  1200+

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History of TFA Memphis

In the city where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Teach For America Memphis continues his mantle and demands equity for our children. Only 39 percent of Memphis third graders and 38 percent of Memphis seventh graders are proficient in reading. By high school, only 6 percent of our students are graduating college-ready. These statistics prove that students need a systemic solution. 

Across the country, many children lack the education, support, and opportunity they need to learn and to thrive. Teach for America is working to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, grow, and lead

The Solution

We know that children are capable when provided with opportunities they deserve. 

Meaningful, sustainable system change requires leaders who are rooted in their local culture and understand the challenges. Teach For America finds outstanding leaders who commit to expanding educational opportunity, beginning with at least two years teaching in an under-resourced public school.

Fifty years after Dr.King gave his life here in the fight for equality, only 31% of Memphis kindergartenders are reading on grade level.

Your generosity has enabled us to build a diverse force of corps members and alumni serving our students and working from all angles to ignite the movement for educational equity.

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