North Central College Teach First Program

$100,000

Teach First was developed by North Central College to recruit and retain first-generation students who aspire to be teachers and to provide the mentorship and resources to launch these students into a successful teaching career. This multi-faceted mission is fulfilled through partnerships with high-need elementary and secondary schools in Aurora, where Teach First students engage in educational outreach projects, obtain field experience and complete teaching internships, and, in some cases, are hired as full-time teachers. This program is in partnership with East Aurora School District 131 to encourage East graduates to pursue the field of teaching with the hope they will return to the home school district as teachers. North Central College will match this Dunham Fund grant to expand this program well into the Dunham Fund Service area. $75,000 of this grant will be allocated to establish North Central College's Dunham Scholarship Fund for First-Generation Students within the Fund's service area.