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Loyola University New Orleans Named a Top Producer of Teach for America Volunteers

Loyola press release - October 4, 2017

Loyola University New Orleans has recently been named a Top Producer of Peace Corps Volunteers, as well as a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars, and sits on the U.S. President’s Honor Roll for Community Engagement.

Committed to the Ignatian values of academic excellence and service to others, Loyola University New Orleans proudly announces that the university has been named a 2017 Top Producer of Teach for America Volunteers. During the 2017-2018 academic year, six recent alumni of the small, Jesuit, Catholic university will serve in schools around the nation, helping students in disadvantaged communities to receive hands-on experiential learning and an excellent education.

“At Loyola University New Orleans, our motto is ‘men and women with and for others,’ and we are deeply pleased to see the university’s emphasis on social justice, community engagement, experiential learning, and service to others carried on by our alumni,” said Loyola University New Orleans President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. “Through their work with Teach for America, recent alumni of Loyola New Orleans are helping to improve educational equity in some of our nation’s most challenged areas and providing increased access to experiential learning and an excellent education.”

Teach for America is a nationwide nonprofit organization that recruits promising leaders to teach for at least two years in a low-income community. More than 16 million children in the U.S. grow up in poverty, and Teach for America’s mission is enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.

While serving in the corps, volunteers have a profound impact on their students and gain personal and professional experience that will allow them to lead a life of impact in any sector they choose. Many of Teach for America’s 50,000 alumni in 2017 have continued their careers in education or social entrepreneurship, core values at Loyola.

According to the nonprofit’s website, 69 percent of Teach for America’s alumni work full time in education and 83 percent work full time in roles or education impacting low-income communities. Approximately 13,500 are teachers, (with 55 percent working in district public schools, 40 percent in public charter schools, and 5 percent in private schools.) Another 1,120 are school principals, 360 are school leaders, 150 are elected leaders, 500 are policy, organizing, and advocacy leaders, and 190 are well-established social entrepreneurs who have successfully developed organizations, new technologies or other innovations designed to effect social change. (Another 1,000 alumni are in earlier stages of Teach for America’s carefully calibrated social entrepreneurship pipeline.)

The Teach for America’s 2017 corps is among the most diverse in its history, according to the nonprofit. Nearly half of incoming corps members identify as people of color; 43 percent come from low-income backgrounds; and 1 in 3 are the first in their family to graduate college.

According to the nonprofit, the more than 3,500 individuals joining Teach for America this year will impact 53 regions across 36 states and the District of Columbia. They represent more than 720 colleges and universities, and join a diverse network of more than 50,000 leaders nationwide who are shaping the political, economic, and social future of the United States.