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Yonkers Locals Join Teach For America’s 25th Anniversary Corps

Steve Cruz from Yonkers High School is one of two locals to get accepted into Teach For America.
Steve Cruz from Yonkers High School is one of two locals to get accepted into Teach For America. Photo Credit: File

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Teach For America announced today that two Yonkers locals have been accepted into the organization’s 2015 teaching corps.

Teach For America is a national nonprofit working to expand educational opportunity for students in low-income communities. Corps members commit to teach in high-need urban or rural public schools and become lifelong advocates for educational equity.

Steve Cruz, a 2009 graduate of Yonkers High School and a 2013 graduate of Stony Brook University, will teach in New York. Jonathan Remilu, a 2011 graduate of Lincoln High School and a 2015 graduate of University of Hartford, will teach in Oklahoma.

Jonathan states, "It is because of the great teachers that I had spanning over the course of my K-12 grade years and even in college, that I have come this far and am now prepared to give back to communities the same way that my teachers gave back to me."

In our country’s lowest-income communities, just six percent of students will graduate college by the time they’re 25. Steve and Jonathan join a network of 50,000 corps members and alumni working alongside parents, principals, and communities for positive change.

"It is with incredible excitement we welcome this group of remarkable and diverse corps members,” said Elisa Villanueva Beard, co-CEO of Teach For America. "They join a group of 50,000 leaders who have raised their hand to be part of ensuring every child has access to an excellent and equitable education."

Over the past 25 years, thousands of talented individuals have launched or continued careers in social justice through Teach For America. Hundreds of corps members and alumni have been honored as teachers of the year by their school, district, county, or state. More founders and leaders of entrepreneurial education organizations started careers with TFA than from any other organization or company.

Alumni have gone on to become leaders in politics, school systems, nonprofit work, advocacy, and more. Together, they form a nationwide network helping to expand and strengthen the movement to give all kids access to a great education.

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