Teach For America: California Capital Valley Dinner

On June 4th, the Teach For America California Capital Valley chapter hosted an insightful dinner enlightening it’s early and future supporters on their growing impact. The evening kicked-off with a welcome address and national state of affairs for Teach For America by the new transplant to Sacramento and national chair for Teach For America, Meg Whitman. She spoke to the impact Teach For America is having nationally as well as her passion and vision for ensuring “all children in this nation will have the opportunity to excellent education.”

The next speaker was Kaya Henderson who told her story of impacting the Washington D.C. Metro public school (DCPS) system. She spoke to her tremendous success in revitalizing the DCPS  in which student enrollment rose by 5% while maintaining and increasing satisfaction rates. She is now focused on expanding the Teach For America model to other countries under Teach For All.

After hearing Kaya’s story, Teach For America California Capital Valley’s executive director, Nik Howard spoke about the state of affairs here in the California Capital Valley.

He highlighted:

  • 149 corps members have worked in the region since 2012
  • 64% corps members are people of color
  • 20,500 students impacted since 2012
  • 350 alumni still working and living in the region
  • 284 alumni continuing to work in education
  • 14 alumni in school leadership positions

The event concluded with a thought-provoking Q&A panel discussion with all three speakers in addition to recognizing Elfrena Foord & Matson Sewell (Arata Brothers Trust & SVP Partners) for their generosity in supporting Teach For America.

“Since 2012, Teach For America California Capital Valley has been working in the community to end educational inequality by providing teachers for our highest-need classrooms while building a talent and leadership pipeline for our education ecosystem. As we begin our 7th year, we look forward to continuing to work with our partners to ensure our students receive an excellent education.”


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