Fewer than one in five students in the District of Philadelphia graduates, enrolls in college, and persists even into their second college year. Since 2003, Teach For America has been working in partnership with schools and community members across Philadelphia to change this reality. Each day, more than 150 corps members strive to be transformational teachers and leaders for our city's students. They work closely with colleagues, parents, principals, and entire neighborhoods to improve outcomes for our kids.
Greater Philadelphia alumni are working bring about change from the classroom to the systems level—from LeAndrea Baltimore-Hagan (Greater Philadelphia ’03), a teacher leader at Morton Elementary; to Marc Mannella (Baltimore '08), the CEO of the expanding KIPP Philadelphia Charter Schools; to Elaine Leigh (Greater Philadelphia '08), a founding board member of PhilaSoup, an organization that funds classroom projects and builds teacher networks; to Alejandro Gac-Artigas (Greater Philadelphia ’09), who founded Springboard Collaborative in an effort to increase literacy enrichment opportunities; and many others.
We have so many reasons to believe that Philadelphia can live up to its place in history by helping our citizens fulfill the promise of the American dream. We won’t stop working until that becomes our reality.