As we strive to live up to our ideals, demonstrating leadership through service is paramount to our cause. In 2003 the Grand Chapter approved the establishment of the Fraternity's national philanthropy, Teach For America.
Teach For America is a national teaching corps of recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools. Their mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting some of our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort. Among those future leaders are the Brothers of Phi Sigma Pi. Seeking to provide greater educational opportunities for students in our nation's lowest 63 income communities, these men and women are committed to the future of our nation's children.
Phi Sigma Pi began at a Teacher's College and was a fraternity for teachers. The Fraternity was devoted to the success of future generations in classrooms throughout the United States by challenging Brothers through essays, case studies, and presentations. By partnering with Teach For America it seemed like a great way to return to our roots, honor those who founded Phi Sigma Pi, and share in our commitment to education.
- What is Teach For America?
Teach For America states its mission as "to build a movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders."
- How are we supporting Teach For America?
Phi Sigma Pi is making an impact in ending educational inequities through supporting Teach For America. From fundraising eand distributing backpacks to under-resourced schools to establishing an annual Alternative Break Project where Brothers take it upon themselves to transform one school at a time, Phi Sigma Pi is rising to the challenge.
Since 2007, our Chapters have collectively donated $67,104.47 and sent 672 to Teach For America regions and schools.
In addition to assisting Teach For America with on campus recruiting, discussion panels and fundraising for the cause, here are other ways Phi Sigma Pi is making an impact in the movement to eliminate educational inequality.
- Phi Sigma Pi - Teach for America Essay Contest
Open to all students who are enrolled full-time in a Teach For America-sponsored school.
Contest details and official rules can be found in the Phi Sigma Pi - Teach For America Essay Contest Packet.
To view the winners and read the winning essays from past finalists, visit Essay Contest Finalists.
- Phi Sigma Pi's Teach For America Teacher Grant
Grants support Phi Sigma Pi Alumni who are serving in the role of Teach For America Corps Member for one of the following two purposes: 1.) Grants to fund a new classroom initiative or program that will be used for the betterment of the education process and 2.) Grants to fund a classroom initiative to enhance the learning environment of each recipient. Click here for the requirements and application.
- Alternative Break Project (ABP)
Another opportunity for Phi Sigma Pi to demonstrate its commitment to Teach For America is through our Alternative Break Project. Together, Phi Sigma Pi and Teach For America regional offices provide a "hands on" experience for Brothers to close the gap on educational inequities in public education. The program will send between 15 -30 Brothers to a selected Teach For America sponsored school. Brothers will do such projects as landscaping the school playground, construct walkways, as well as mentor in the classrooms of the selected school. The program is typically held in May each year. Click here for history and project details.
Brothers are invited to participate in the Backpack Attack program. Alumni Brothers and Chapters gather new school supplies and pack up backpacks to be sent to Teach For America classrooms throughout the United States. As a Brotherhood we have sent hundreds of backpacks to children in under-resourced areas. Click here for a supplies list.
If you're interested in assisting Teach For America on your campus, contact your local Recruitment Manager or Region Consultant. For more information about Phi Sigma Pi's partnership with Teach For America, please contact the National Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org.