Our goal is for each of our teachers to feel connected to the broader community. Civic mentoring is intended to provide corps members with a connection to community beyond the network Teach For America provides, to learn of community resources and to help with skill development without specifically focusing on teacher professional development. The level of engagement between corps members and mentors varies depending on each unique connection.
One of our Encore Mentors, Mary Anne Crampton says this:
"As an Encore Mentor for Teach For America, I have the opportunity to support new teachers as they work passionately to advance education equity in Cleveland. Listening and learning about the challenges they face while witnessing their dedication first-hand is incredibly inspiring and rewarding."
JC Stiassini (2014 corps member) writes,
"I am incredibly grateful for the Encore Mentorship Program. Over the past two years, I have met with great leaders throughout Northeast Ohio, further developed my skills and interests and become firmly connected me with the beautiful city of Cleveland. I believe in transformational change in Cleveland. That's saying a lot for someone who was born and raised in the sunshine and suburbia of Southern California. When I tell people where I am from, some Clevelanders pause and ask, "Well, what are you doing here in Cleveland?" As you will soon see, this program has set me on a path to continue to learn, grow and make an impact in our community."
Join us as we help to strive for a Greater Cleveland.