Teach For America Receives Major AmeriCorps Grant from OneStar Foundation

Grant Will Help Recruit and Develop Leaders Working for Educational Equity throughout Texas

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Austin, Texas, October 16, 2017—Teach for America recently announced that it has been awarded $728,000 in funding from OneStar Foundation to support Teach For America’s programs in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, and San Antonio. This grant is part of $14.6 million that OneStar Foundation received in federal AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which will be matched by an additional $37.3 million in local resources, to address pressing challenges in Texas communities.  

Teach For America, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, recruits a diverse group of our nation’s most promising leaders to make an enduring commitment to educational equity, beginning with teaching for at least two years in high-need urban and rural schools.

This year, more than 720 Teach For America AmeriCorps members are leading local classrooms throughout the state, while an additional 3,570 Teach For America alumni are working in education and other sectors to expand educational opportunity throughout Texas. Among that alumni leadership force, over 70 percent work in roles impacting education or low-income communities.

The organization has been a part of the Texas educational fabric since 1991, when the first corps members came to the Rio Grande Valley and Houston regions.   Today, Teach For America has a presence in Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio as well, in addition to alumni leading in Austin and nearly every corner of the state.  Alumni-founded school networks, such as KIPP, IDEA, and YES Prep have brought college-readiness to students throughout Texas and beyond. Sustained partnerships between district leaders, the community, donors and family members, have enabled Teach For America to play a contributing role in increasing student outcomes including graduation rates and student achievement.

“It is a great honor to be awarded this AmeriCorps grant from OneStar Foundation,” said Robert Carreon, Vice President of Public Affairs in Texas for Teach For America. “AmeriCorps education awards made a difference in my life and has impacted my career trajectory and that of so many others at Teach For America.  AmeriCorps funding allows organizations like ours to recruit a diverse group of leaders and connect them with opportunities for service. We are honored to be an AmeriCorps Texas program so that we can develop more leaders and change agents with an enduring commitment to improving the lives of children in the state.”

“National service is an essential part of the solution to many of the challenges facing our state,” said Elizabeth Darling, President and CEO of OneStar Foundation. “These AmeriCorps members will strengthen communities as they develop civic and leadership skills to last a lifetime.  I congratulate Teach For America and thank all those who serve their communities through AmeriCorps.”

In addition to the grant funding, CNCS will make available $11.7 million in education scholarships for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants to help pay for college, vocational training, or pay back student loans. After completing 1,700 hours of service, AmeriCorps members earn an education award of $5,815.  The AmeriCorps education award enables Teach For America to recruit a diverse set of corps members to Texas.  Fifty percent of current corps members in Texas received Pell grants and many are the first in their families to attend college.

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with urban and rural communities in 53 regions across the country to expand educational opportunity for children. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today Teach For America is a force of 56,000 alumni and corps members committed to profound systemic change. From classrooms to districts to state houses across America, they’re reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence and to lead. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About OneStar Foundation

OneStar Foundation is the Governor-designated National Service Commission in Texas and administers the AmeriCorps State grant program. For the 2017-2018 program year, OneStar Foundation will administer $14.6 million in federal AmeriCorps funding statewide.  These federal funds will support nearly 3,000 members and 3.4 million service hours to help Texas communities meet local needs.  Learn more at onestarfoundation.org.

About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at more than 21,600 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. In Texas, more than 52,000 AmeriCorps members have served 70 million hours and earned more than $156,670,000 in education scholarships.

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