About New York


New York City leads not just the country, but the world, on so many fronts, yet too many of our students aren’t getting a world-class education. New York City’s public school system is the largest in the nation and it is falling short. 

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 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, special education, math, and science educators. These needs are even more pronounced in low-income communities. Teach for America - New York is helping to fulfill that need with qualified individuals who reflect the backgrounds of their students and help them thrive. 61 percent of our 2016 corps identify as teachers of color, 54 percent are from a low-income background, and 39 percent are native New Yorkers.

Engaging TFA Alumni Across NYC

Our 4,975 area alumni are a vital part of a strong and growing movement for educational equity in NYC. Nearly 2,200 are teachers, 150 are school leaders, 50 are system leaders, and 23 are social entrepreneurs. Whatever their current role, we’re working to help all of our alumni take action in service of great neighborhood schools.


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Top Stories

Joined by alumni, teachers, and one lucky student; TFA-NY staff celebrated its upcoming Hamilton: An American Musical fundraiser by ringing the New York Stock Exchange Opening Bell
Teach For America- New York Rings Stock Exchange Opening Bell Author:  Dinean Robinson
Adapted from ElevatED keynote speech on January 13, 2017
When Men of Color Teach Author:  Charissa Fernández
Code/Interactive and Hired Inspire Teach For America Students at Mentorship Event
A New Generation of Computer Scientists This post originally appeared on the Code Interactive website. 52 high school students from four Exploring Computer Science Fellows’ classes gathered at Teach For America’s lower Manhattan office for a mentorship event organized by Code/Interactive and Hired, Inc. Students heard stories and advice from a panel of tech leaders, including Michelle Abreu,...

Upcoming Events

It takes a city to disrupt inequity and create education opportunities that support, challenge, and inspire all kids to be the future leaders our city needs. Please join us at our celebration of the NYC teachers, students, principals, and supporters working together to make this vision a reality.
May 2, 2017
6:30 PM EDT
1335 Avenue of the Americas

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