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TFA Recruiting DACA Recipients

December 12, 2013

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Elisa Villanueva Beard
Teach For America co-CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard (TFA)

If you have your Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status in order, Teach For America wants to put you at the head of the class.

TFA is recruiting people with DACA status to apply for its incoming teaching corps for the 2014-2015 school year, the organization announced Thursday.

TFA recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity, according to a news release.

The DACA directive is open to individuals who came to the U.S. before the age of 16, along with other guidelines. It defers removal actions for two years, allowing candidates a chance to gain employment authorization through the grant of an Employment Authorization Document.

"Given our mission to expand educational opportunity, we're doing everything we can to clear the way for DACA recipients who are eligible to join our corps," Elisa Villanueva Beard, TFA co-CEO, said in the release. "This decision reflects our belief that if you're brought to the U.S. as a child, you should be able to pursue an education without fear of deportation, and have a path to contribute to American society through achievement in education."

Candidates must earn a bachelor's degree by June 2014, with an undergraduate GPA of at least a 2.50, and must provide proof of employment eligibility at the time of their final interview. Those with DACA status must have a Social Security number and an employment authorization document (EAD) at that time as well.

TFA fosters the leadership efforts of teachers who share the racial and/or economic backgrounds of students in low-income communities, having found that such teachers can have a profound additional impact.

TFA's next application deadline is Jan. 24. For more information on the organization, click HERE.

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