Teach For America – Detroit is proud to work alongside several outstanding organizations. Non-profit Detroit Horse Power is just one great partner, developed by alumnus David Silver (Detroit Corps ’12). Detroit Horse Power was created in 2015 to provide Detroit’s youth new opportunities through learning to ride and care for horses. The organization uniquely addresses two persistent problems facing our city: the shortage of opportunities for metro Detroit’s vulnerable populations (especially children) and the abundance of vacant land. Through ride and caring for horses in a safe and enriching space, program participants learn valuable skills that set them up for future success.
Southwest Detroit is a thriving neighborhood that is home to a number of corps members. Known for its Hispanic population, the food and festivals in this area represent the rich culture of the students and families who live there. Corktown is close by and is another popular place for corps members to reside. Corktown is Detroit's oldest neighborhood and is well-known for its great Irish food, bar scene, and urban garden movement. This authentic and fun area is also home to Slows BBQ and Astro Coffee, two local businesses that have been buzzed about from coast to coast.
Corps members must take and pass the Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification in order to qualify for interim certification in the region. Upon passing these content specific tests, corps members must enroll in our certification program with the University of Michigan. Certification costs around $11,000 over the course of two years and there is an optional master’s program available for corps members to pursue. Although corps members complete their commitment to Teach For America in two years, the state of Michigan requires that teachers must be in the classroom for three years before they can receive their provisional teaching certificate.