The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation announced that it has donated $25,000 to Teach For America-Los Angeles, helping finance the group’s recruitment and training of teachers at Manual Arts High School.
Teach For America-Los Angeles has provided teachers to Manual Arts High School since 2011.
Corps members and alumni helped make significant gains in the school’s Academic Performance Index and California High School Exit Examination results, according to Stephanie Kuo, a Teach For America-Los Angeles alumna who is in her fourth year of teaching special education students English at Manual Arts.
Fourteen corps members teach at Manual Arts High School, located just north of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, including serving as athletic coaches, club sponsors and mentors, Kuo said.
“TFA corps members bring a hopeful energy to Manual Arts High School that students really respond to and appreciate, which improves learning,” Kuo said Thursday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation began supporting Teach For America- Los Angeles in 2014. This is the largest donation it has made, a team official said.
Teach For America was founded in 1990 and has recent college graduates make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools in an attempt to end educational inequity.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, the team’s official charity, supports programs in sports and recreation, education and literacy, health and wellness benefiting children and families throughout the Los Angeles area.
The foundation’s programs are funded through private donations and various fundraising events. Team finances are not used.
—City News Service