The Corps Member Education Foundation supports any program initiated by a Teach For America corps member (current or alumnus) that increases the educational opportunities offered to students living in communities for which Teach For America places its corps members. While we will consider all ideas for new programs, most of our programs fall into one of three categories: field trips, scholarship funds, technology initiatives.
Many current corps members establish big goals for their students tied to incentives. These incentives often take the form of field trips. Other corps members simply want to expose their students to new cultures and people. Regardless, planning these field trips can be a daunting task. Additionally, schools often do not have the money in their budgets to pay for these trips.
The Corps Member Education Foundation helps with both challenges. As a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit, we offer corps members the capability to raise money for their projects. We have created an secure online donation system that is capable of accepting on-line credit card donations. Additionally, because of our 501(c)(3) status, we can write for and receive grants from foundations and corporations.
We also have documents that help with the planning of these field trips. Over the past five years we have been collecting information and best practices from our previous field trips. We offer what we have learned and our tools to make planning and execution easier and less time consuming, which leaves more time for planning lessons, grading, after-school tutoring, etc.
When the Corps Member Education Foundation was first established, we offered several college scholarships in the Mississippi Delta and the Rio Grande Valley. Our scholarship funds are some of our oldest programs. Many corps members want to leave a legacy at their school. A great way to create a legacy is through a college scholarship fund.
Other scholarship funds have been created for summer camps, educational services (like SAT prep), etc. Whatever your interest, the Corps Member Education Foundation can help set up a scholarship fund for you.
Many schools do not have extra money to purchase additional technology for the classroom. In addition, many of our students do not have computers at home. Through our technology initiatives we help teachers and students leverage the benefits of technology to increase educational opportunities.