Teach For America - Kansas City

Teach For America - Kansas City places top college graduates into teaching positions in the highest-need schools within the Kansas City metro area to provide children in low-income communities with quality educational opportunities.


  • 510 talented teachers placed in Kansas City urban district and charter schools since 2008
  • 11,000 students reached yearly

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates – of all academic majors and career interests – who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools in the nation's lowest income communities and become lifelong leaders for expanding educational opportunity. 

TFA's mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation's most promising future leaders in this effort.

When Teach For America opened in Kansas City in 2008, the prevailing notion was that the problems in education were unsolvable. By and large the community lacked faith that substantive change was possible. 

Today, partially because of the work of Teach For America corps members and alumni, Kansas City has embraced the potential of reform. 

The expansion of Teach For America to Kansas City was made possible by a $2.5 million five-year grant from the Kauffman Foundation to establish Teach For America in the Kansas City metro area. 

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