The MIT Public Service Center is working with Teach for America to offer the third annual "Four Weeks for America Challenge." Teach for America is the national corps of recent college graduates who teach for two years in low-income urban and rural public schools. During the Four Weeks for America challenge, MIT students will bring their expertise in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) areas into the Teach for America classrooms to offer critical enrichment.
Teach for America teachers strive to lead their students to significant academic achievement, despite the challenges of poverty and the limited capacity of the school system. In the past, MIT students have utilized their content knowledge and skill sets to build more robust math and science curriculums, assist with data analysis, and communicate their own passion for these subject areas.
For Steven White '11, the Four Weeks for America program "is a good example of the hands-on part of our [MIT] model. It's a way to complement understanding of this big challenge that we get by taking classes and thinking about policy. We come to college hoping to learn how to make the world a better place and this program gives us a chance to do so."
MIT is the only college in the country that offers its students the opportunity to assist in Teach For America classrooms. Students will be working in Massachusetts, and around the country in the states of Wisconsin, Florida and Texas.
More information about the Four Weeks for America Challenge can be found at http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/volunteering/programs/fourweeks/index.html. Questions about Four Weeks for America should be directed to Kristi Gundrum Kebinger, Volunteer & Outreach Administrator, MIT Public Service Center, firstname.lastname@example.org.