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Teach For America is a national corps of outstanding recent college graduates as well as professionals from all majors who commit to teach in high need urban and rural public schools for two years. In late 2006, ASU President Michael Crow and Teach For America - Phoenix came together to create a partnership that includes: Teach For America recruitment, corps member support and development, alumni leadership and the Phoenix Institute. Through the generous support of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, this strong foundation also led to the creation of the Sanford Inspire Program, which integrated the best practices of colleges of education and Teach For America to attract, prepare and retain future education leaders.
ASU’s Teach For America partnership received the ASU President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness in 2008. Coordination of the partnership is headquartered in the Teachers College. Visit the ASU Teach For America website for additional information.
University Service Learning (USL) is committed to creating a culture of civic engagement, generating positive social change and building a bridge between ASU and the community.
USL programs increase opportunities to address unmet community needs by:
Students enrolled in USL courses link an in-depth study of civic engagement and community issues to community service and their major. Students from any discipline may enroll in USL courses. In each USL course, students earn three credits and satisfy general studies cultural and literacy requirements. There are more than 150 community agencies, schools, nonprofits and other service organizations to choose from to complete the required community service.
The ASU America Reads Program partners with local schools and community centers to offer tutoring, mentoring and academic skill building services to children living in low income areas or attending Title 1 schools. Children are matched with an ASU student as their tutor or mentor. ASU students eligible for Federal Work Study funds may apply for a paid America Reads tutor/mentor position or students enrolled in a University Service Learning (USL) class may select America Reads as their community service placement.