We all love inspirational stories, don't we? Especially the ones about teachers transforming the lives of underprivileged and unruly children; those stories that tug at the heart and encourage us to believe in a brighter tomorrow.  

And while we mainly see these stories being played out on the big screen, they're happening every day across the US because of a program called Teach for America.

Teach for America was founded in 1989 by Princeton grad Wendy Kopp. Her senior thesis introduced the idea of a national teacher corp, and today Teach for America members are sent to schools that are in desperate need of teachers and resources - poverty-stricken locations like the rough sections of big cities and rural, isolated areas of the country. Corp members spend two years in these schools and are expected to utilize their energy and creativity as teachers to turn around the academic lives of their students.

Teach for America is an extremely competitive program with only 13% of applications accepted. Many of its applicants hail from Howard University, Morehouse College, the University of California-Berkeley, and Ivy League schools.

But did you know that the University of North Carolina is a huge contributor of outstanding academics as well? By the end of 2012 it ranked third among big universities and colleges in supplying Teach for America with the largest number of graduates. An impressive 8% of UNC's graduating seniors applied for last school year. 

We are proud of our UNC grads who are making a daily difference in our nation. Education is a gift, and they are bestowing it upon disadvantaged children throughout the US. What an amazing thing!

For more information on UNC contact Masha Halpern. As a UNC grad and Chapel Hill resident, no one knows this school and city better!



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