Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) announced today that Connecticut's Teach for America, headquartered in New Haven, has received a $168,800 AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
The grant will support 211 AmeriCorps members who will serve as new, full-time teachers for two years in low-income schools. The schools are located in Bridgeport, Stamford, Hartford, New Haven and Windham.
"Serving our communities is an essential part of the solution to many of the challenges we face. These AmeriCorps members will meet pressing local needs and strengthen our communities as they develop civic and leadership skills that can last a lifetime. The partnering of AmeriCorps members and Teach for America will bring more young, bright and motivated men and women into school systems that will benefit from their talent and enthusiasm. I congratulate Teach for America for receiving this grant and thank all those who have answered the call to service by joining AmeriCorps."
In 2011, DeLauro was presented the Teach for America Congressional Champion Award in recognition of her leadership in expanding educational opportunities. She has also served as a guest teacher in a Teach for America corps member's classroom in New Haven.
AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs. Its members serve through thousands of nonprofit and faith-based organizations in rural and urban communities throughout the nation. Teach for America is the national corps of recent college graduates who commit to teaching for two years in public schools around the country.