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Teach for America – Fight educational inequity!

Posted by sedwardyang on December 20, 2007

• Only half of the 13 million children growing up in low-income areas graduate from high-school by the time they are 18.
• Of those who do graduate, they are performing, on average, at the level of eighth graders in wealthy communities.
• Only one out of ten actually goes on to graduate from college.

Millions of children in the United States are receiving a substandard education. Given this huge inequity in our privileged nation, how can Christians help eliminate this injustice?

Teach For America is one way to serve and empower low-income children. Teach For America is a national education non-profit that recruits recent outstanding college graduates to teach for two years in our nation’s most under-resourced schools. This year, nearly 4,400 corps members are teaching in over 1,000 schools in 25 regions across the country and they are having a tangible impact on student achievement. More than 12,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity. Teach For America alumni become life-long advocates for education and justice – many of them stay in teaching, but they’ve also gone on to start charter schools, run urban school districts, fight for educational and economic equity through law and public policy, and start health care clinics to provide better health care options to people in low-income communities.

Many Christians are looking for ways to put their faith in action. Fighting educational inequity is one of the most powerful ways we can level the playing field in our nation. To learn more about how Teach For America is part of the movement to eliminate educational inequity, visit: http://www.teachforamerica.org/landing/welcome_fbo.htm.

Contact Dr. Nicole Baker Fulgham at nicole.baker@teachforamerica.org

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Ecumenical opportunities for young adults (ages 18-30)

Posted by sedwardyang on August 29, 2007

Exciting ecumenical opportunities available for young people between the ages of 18-30, nationally and internationally.

The National Council of Churches (NCC) is accepting applications for its Stewards Program during the 2007 General Assembly Meeting in Woodbridge, New Jersey, November 6-8, 2007.

The General Assembly is the annual gathering of 250 delegates from 35 member churches/denominations, representing 40 million Christians in the United States. Young adults will encounter a rich multicultural environment at the meeting and will experience the church at work, living its unity in Jesus. It will also provide them an opportunity to network with other young adults from across the country, worship in an ecumenical setting and interact with church leaders.

Application form for NCC Stewards Program is available online at http://www.ncccusa.org/pdfs/2007stewardsapplication.pdf.
Deadline for applications is September 14, 2007.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) based in Geneva, Switzerland, is also accepting applications for their Stewards Programme. Twenty-five young people (between the ages of 18-30 years) will be invited to participate in the Stewards Program which includes a week-long ecumenical learning program and work on several logistical tasks with WCC staff at the Central Committee meeting. The Stewards Program starts on February 6 (arrival), and ends on February 22 (departure), 2008. Stewards will be part of a unique ecumenical and international community of young adults and gain exposure to the WCC’s work.

Inquires for the program can be addressed by E-mail. The application form can be downloaded from the website: www.ecuemncialyouth.org.

The WCC is also accepting applications for their Internship Programme which is an opportunity for ecumenical learning and work with the Council. It is a year-long program and begins in February 2008 and ends in January 2009. Inquiries about the program can be addressed by e-mail. The application form can be downloaded from their website: www.ecumenicalyouth.org

Phone, from US dial: 011 41 22 791 6315;
Fax: 011 41 22 791 6406

Deadline for these two WCC programs is September 20, 2007.

Rev. Rothangliani Chhangte
Director of Ecumenical Formation
American Baptist Churches USA
Office of Cooperative Christianity
PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482
www.abc-usa.org/unity
Phone: 1-800-ABC-3USA, ext. 2279 or (610) 768-2279

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