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August 19, 2003

Currently, children growing up in low-income communities in the United States often face tremendous socio-economic challenges. On average they are seven times less likely to graduate from college than children in high-income areas. Some students at UGA are working to change that statistic.

Teach For America is a national program that provides UGA students an opportunity to make a difference, and since 1990, more than 10,000 exceptional individuals across America have joined the corps. Collectively, these recent graduates have directly impacted the lives of more than 1.5 million students. Last year alone, one out of every five UGA applicants was accepted into the Teach For America program--a statistic that exceeds the national average of one in seven. This reflects highly on the caliber and competitiveness of UGA students, and it demonstrates that top UGA students have the ability and desire to make a significant and immediate impact in the lives of disadvantaged children.

Three UGA alumni recently came back to Athens to share their thoughts and experiences with a room full of potential Teach For America applicants at UGA. Their story was featured in the Red and Black and can be read by clicking the link above.

Teach For America is comprised of a national corps of recent college graduates from all academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools. This corps of leaders is committed to help eliminate educational inequity in the U.S.