Breakthrough Atlanta, an Atlanta nonprofit that helps middle and high school students better prepare for college, announced it has received a grant from AmeriCorps for the third year in a row.
The nearly $285,000 grant was awarded to Breakthrough Atlanta – whose dual mission is to increase academic opportunities for underserved students, as well as inspire and develop the next generation of teachers and instructional leaders — by the federal agency to help the nonprofit recruit future educators.
Breakthrough Atlanta says the grant will help it provide paid internship opportunities for students in all majors.
The internship opportunity will take place as part of Breakthrough Atlanta’s 2023 Summer Apprenticeship Program. The program provides underserved students with much-needed summer learning opportunities, according to a press release from Breakthrough Atlanta.
Other teacher trainees will have the chance to serve as mentors and role models, while gaining classroom and leadership experience with student teachers, according to the nonprofit.
According to the non-profit organization, 75% of trainee teachers indicated that they are more likely to pursue a career in teaching after the internship.
Breakthrough Atlanta CEO Monique Shields said amid a nationwide teacher shortage, it is now more important than ever to provide potential future educators with opportunities such as the Fellowship Internship. non-profit education.
“Given the growing nationwide teacher shortage, our unique dual mission is more important than ever as we cultivate a diverse new generation of teachers to pursue their ambition to help all students succeed,” Shields said.
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