Teach For America, an organization that recruits leaders who work to expand educational opportunity by teaching in low-income communities, announced that it is actively recruiting eligible individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
Teach For America enlists emerging leaders of all backgrounds to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong advocates for educational equity.
“Given our mission to expand educational opportunity, we’re doing everything we can to clear the way for DACA recipients who are eligible to join our corps,” said Elisa Villanueva Beard, co-CEO of Teach For America.
“This decision reflects our belief that if you’re brought to the U.S. as a child, you should be able to pursue an education without fear of deportation, and have a path to contribute to American society through achievement in education.”
DACA is open to individuals who came to the United States before the age of 16 and meet a variety of other requirements.
All prospective Teach For America applicants, regardless of their citizenship status, must earn a bachelor’s degree by June 2014, with an undergraduate GPA of at least a 2.50.
In order to meet the hiring requirements of Teach For America’s partner school districts, all applicants must provide proof of employment eligibility at the time of their final interview; those with DACA status must have a Social Security number and an employment authorization document (EAD) at this time.
Teach For America places a focus on attracting and fostering the leadership of individuals who share the racial and/or economic backgrounds of the students in low-income communities.
The organization has found that its most effective corps members represent all races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds, but when they share the backgrounds of their students they have the potential for profound additional impact.
Teach For America’s next application deadline is January 24, 2014.
With information from Teach For America