An article in the Columbia Missourian today highlights the ongoing growth of Teach for America, a 17-year old organization that places high school graduates in some of the nation’s most under-resourced school districts for two-year teaching stints.
MU graces a list of colleges most attended by 2006 corps members. More information regarding the 2006 corps, including breakdown by college majors and nationality can be viewed on their Annual Report.
In the past few months, numerous publications have written about TFA and investigated the capability of the organization to enlist the support of big donors, analyzed the effectiveness and the allure of the program.
TFA is only one of a handful of organizations hoping to better the country. Time Magazine profiled the importance of the ‘National Service Movement’ in an article this year.
20-year old Columbia resident Ted Cianciosi decided to skip college altogether after his graduation from Hickman High School.
“I worked about 50 hours a week and received a living stipend instead of a paycheck, which came out to about $2.50 an hour. You learn to live very frugally but upon completion of the program, you receive an educational award of about $5,000 to use toward education,” said Cianciosi.
For now, Cianciosi is back in Columbia and awaiting the beginning of a second volunteer project through the National Civilian Community Corps, for which he will travel to New Orleans to help with post-Katrina relief.
“There’s a quote by Mark Twain that says that one shouldn’t let their schooling interfere with their education,” said Cianciosi, who ultimately hopes to join the Peace Corps, “The national service movement is just surging. I’m young and sometimes it’s just more valuable to learn things through firsthand experience.”