Applications for 2015 Teach For America Corp members are available next month!! I know that it seems early, but if you arge anythin like me, you will want to apply early so you can start planning your life! For anyone contemplating a commitment with Teach For America, here are my top 5 reason to apply!
1. You are given a free and in depth training that could lead to a career you never expected.
Teach For America will accept you whether you were an education, business, or church ministries major. They are not interested in what you studied in college. They want capable, passionate, hard working leaders who are willing to learn. Once you are accepted, you have around 7-8 weeks worth of Induction, Institute, and Orientation. In that time, TFA will take a music major and teach you how to lesson plan, differentiate instruction, behavior narrate, and align your teaching with state standards. You are essentially given 2 year of higher level education training for free in 8 weeks!
2. You will have an influence in kid's lives that you most likely would never have come in contact with.
There is no way I would ever have met the kids that I work with it wasn't for Teach For America. Rural South Carolina was never on my radar! God used Teach For America to place me in these kid's lives and I am so thankful for that.
3. You are given a chance to move to a new area of the country without the fear of not knowing anyone.
It might seem scary to move to Nebraska or DC for a job when you know no one in the area, but Teach For America has that part covered for you! You will be joining a group of people ranging in number from 20-200 that are all moving to the same area with the same purpose. After 8 weeks of lesson planning and working together, you are bound to find some great friends who will make the transition so much easier! There were around 150 corp members joining me in South Carolina and they made it such a wonderful move.
4. You will have excellent job security right out of college.
With jobs being so hard to come by today, your 2 year commitment with TFA can have an added appeal. After your acceptance to Teach For America, they do the laborious work required to find you a job. No one likes filling out 500 resumes and traveling all over for interviews! Also, because they find you a job in an area that is in need of teachers, as long as you can act like a professional and care about your students, you are very unlikely to lose your position. It takes the added weight of finding a job post college off your shoulders.
5. You will without a shadow of a doubt know that you are doing some good somewhere.
I could have found a job in Hoover, Alabama teaching kids who come from solid homes and are going to college whether they have a good teacher or not. I decided that I didn't want to spend my whole life giving kids an education who don't even need me. The kids that Teach For America impact need us. Most of my 7th graders had a substitute every day for the last 2 or 3 years. They wouldn't be wishing to go to college at Alabama (Roll Tide) or travel across Europe if I hadn't told them they were capable of it. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of difficult and disappointing moments, but you can't doubt that somewhere along the road you helped make at least one kid's life a little bit better.
6. You could meet your future spouse!
Put a bunch of like-minded, service minded individuals together and rings are bound to start droppin!
Good Luck to Everyone Applying!
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