Teach For America Recruits and Trains Leaders in STEM

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“As a national organization dedicated to recruiting and training leaders to teach in PK-12 classrooms in low-income communities, we deeply value the role that mentoring can play in boosting student success. We are thrilled to support Million Women Mentors because we know our teachers serve not only as instructors but also as mentors for young women to pursue STEM subjects and STEM careers – and also because our teachers see an urgent need for their young women to have exposure to STEM fields early on.”

– Melissa Moritz, Vice President, STEM and Education Initiatives

Teach For America believes all students deserve an excellent education, regardless of their background or where they live. We do this by recruiting, training and supporting educators to serve in high-need urban and rural communities across the country.

Many of the students we reach are underrepresented in professional fields, including STEM. Women of color comprise fewer than 1 in 10 employed scientists and engineers. These students deserve every opportunity to be exposed to STEM professions and receive the high-quality STEM education which will prepare them to pursue these professions if they wish.

Teach For America deeply values the role that mentoring can play in boosting students’ success. We are thrilled to support Million Women Mentors because we know our teachers serve not only as instructors but also as mentors for young women to pursue STEM subjects and STEM careers – and also because our teachers see an urgent need for their young women to have exposure to STEM fields early on. We are committed to sharing the opportunity to be a mentor with our network of current and former educators, and sharing the opportunity to be mentored with the students of our educators.

In 2014, we shared the Million Women Mentors pledge with our network. We sought opinions, tips, and recommendations from our teachers’ students, and from staff who have served as mentors in the past. And we shared what we learned with the Million Women Mentors community. In 2015, we are committed to once again sharing the mentoring opportunity with our educators to help ensure that more young women across the country know about the opportunity to be matched with a mentor.

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