Monday, December 04, 2006

Google and Teach for America announce joint effort

Google and Teach For America announced Nov. 21, that they will work together to recruit some of the nation’s top college graduates.
In recognition of the strength of Teach For America’s recruitment effort and its mission, Google is offering two-year deferrals to individuals who receive job offers from the company and are also accepted into Teach For America, the national corps of outstanding college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders for social change in every sector. The two organizations also plan to hold joint-information sessions on several campuses this winter.
"Teach For America corps members exhibit the creativity, leadership abilities, and civic consciousness that we place such a premium on," said Laszlo Bock, Google’s VP of People Operations. "Providing these grads with the opportunity to spend two transformative years teaching in low-income communities across the country is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do, as they will arrive at Google with an excellent skill set developed in a demanding work environment and a greater commitment to the larger world."
In addition to being able to defer their Google employment, participants in the program will receive a Google internship for the summer between their first and second years of teaching and will be paired with a Google mentor, who will work with them throughout their teaching commitment.
"For decades, children in our lowest-income communities have not been afforded the educational opportunities that they deserve, and we appreciate Google's commitment to changing that," said Wendy Kopp, president and founder of Teach For America. "Google is enabling its future leaders to make a two-year investment that will have a tremendous impact in the lives of kids, while also creating a force of executive leadership who have the insight, personal strength, and conviction to not only do well for themselves, but do good.
"We’re so appreciative of their help in our effort to build a cadre of future leaders who will work together throughout their lives, from business and government and every sector, to ensure that our nation fulfills its potential."

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