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The story of Teach For America in the Greater Delta is over twenty-five years in the making.

After its founding in 1990, Teach For America was invited to establish the Mississippi Delta region in light of an urgent need to improve the quality of life and education for children growing up in Arkansas and Mississippi. Years into the work of supporting our states’ most underserved counties, Teach For America then allocated resources to engage educators in Mississippi and Arkansas as two independent regions, to better accommodate the volunteerism and industry shown by corps members placed here as well as the generosity of the communities and school districts hosting them. 

The resulting partnerships remain a powerful force propelling us forward in this movement, and in part are why the Mississippi and Arkansas regions have consolidated once more. The opportunity to give our undivided attention to the local leaders who make up the “Greater Delta,” as well as to our mission to end educational inequity for all Mississippi and Arkansas students, is too great to ignore.

The narrative continues through a growing population of alumni and a legacy of regional leadership, leadership that is still visible in TFA offices and classrooms today. That’s because the Greater Delta: Mississippi and Arkansas, is home. Moved by the passion and potential of this place, we have built our lives here, met partners here, started families here, established businesses here, and continue to pour our hearts into the students and families alongside whom we live and work. For us, it’s personal.

The Greater Delta remains defined by its greatest asset, its people: creative, entrepreneurial, and visionary. We are brimming with the desire to see our home live up to its potential as destination states, a beacon from where the brilliance of all is encouraged and amplified.

And we know that with you it’s possible—from day one, to One Day

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Total Corps Size

436

Alumni in the Region

1991

Year Partnership Established

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