There is nothing more lamentable than the unrealized potential of an eager young
mind. Yet the statistics are brutal: fully half of American children attending
school in areas where extreme poverty is the norm won’t graduate from high
school. For the most affluent nation in human history, this is simply
Enter Teach for America.
Teach for America is a nonprofit organization that recruits outstanding recent
college graduates in a host of disciplines and sends them to regions hard-hit by
economic problems. From the mean streets of the inner city to rural areas
reeling from the departure of traditional industries and jobs, over 17,000 Teach
for America volunteers have gone forth to spend two years bringing hope and
inspiration to more than 2.5 million children.
It’s been said that education isn’t about filling minds with facts – it’s about
lighting a fire that burns for knowledge. Teach for America is committed to
making sure that fire will burn brighter and higher for millions of deserving,
disadvantaged children. This admirable philosophy fits perfectly with The
Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation’s core mission of creating an educated
citizenry. The Foundation’s leadership grant will provide for 20 teachers in the
Washington, D.C. area. We believe that promising young minds will continue
to reap the priceless educational benefits that Teach for America offers for
years to come.