Get to Know Our Partners
Teach For America - St. Louis is proud to work alongside several outstanding organizations. KIPP St. Louis, College Bound, College Summit, Beyond Housing, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri are important colleagues and partners—our alumni are among their staff; we consult with them on challenges and opportunities; and most importantly, we share a passion for the children and communities of our city. Take a moment to get to know these wonderful organizations.
- College Bound's mission is to provide high school students from under-resourced areas with the academic enrichment, social supports, and life skills needed to apply, matriculate, and succeed in four year colleges.
- College Summit raises college enrollment rates by advancing a systemic college-going culture in communities within the St. Louis metropolitan area that strive for greater access to higher education.
- KIPP is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to build trusting and enduring relationships that encourage and support young people.
- Beyond Housing’s mission is to strengthen neighborhoods one family at a time by providing affordable housing and homeownership services; providing support services to families, children and seniors; being a catalyst for community-wide rebuilding efforts; empowering residents to be leaders of their own neighborhood revitalization efforts; and promoting individual and community asset building.
- INSPIRE STL stands for Investing Student Potential in Revolutionary Education. Founded by four 2009 Teach For America - St. Louis alumni, INSPIRE’s mission is to ensure that students in St. Louis realize a steady crescendo of their potential through access to a dynamic education. Their goals are to support middle school students through the high school application process, to empower the community to create better options for parents, and to sustain their momentum through their academic journey.
As developers have revitalized the downtown area over the last decade, more corps members have chosen to take advantage of affordable loft-style housing along Washington Avenue and surrounding streets. New restaurants arrive each year. City Garden has become a new favorite place for young families and office workers alike and features sculptures and other work by local artists. The City Museum is a must-see attraction for tourists and residents—from the ferris wheel on the roof to slides spanning multiple stories in the old shoe factory building, it is not to be missed. Downtown residents enjoy Cardinals games, a farmer's market, and free outdoor concerts in the summer.
Subjects And Grade Levels
- Early Childhood Education
- Secondary Biology
- Secondary Chemistry
- Secondary English
- Secondary French
- Secondary Math
- Secondary Physics
- Secondary Spanish
- Secondary Social Studies
- Special Education
To teach in the state of Missouri, all corps members have to be Highly Qualified under the requirements of No Child Left Behind. In St. Louis, this means that corps members must obtain a provisional certificate, which is valid throughout their two-year teaching commitment. Provisional certificates are nonrenewable and will ultimately lead to full initial certification. To obtain a provisional certificate, all corps members are required to complete nine credit hours of certification coursework through Buena Vista University during their first semester of teaching and complete an academic contract. In addition to completing the coursework at Buena Vista, all corps members are required to take and pass the Praxis II in their assigned content area.
Starting in the first semester of teaching, corps members are required to enroll in certification courses with the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) to obtain their initial certification, which will be completed upon finishing their two-year commitment. In addition to obtaining an initial certification, each corps member has the opportunity to earn a master's in education within their two-year commitment.