Sammie’s Summer of Service

This summer I was an unpaid intern at the Teach For America national office. Teach For America take college graduates and trains them to be teachers in underprivileged schools and communities throughout America.  I worked in their admin department which is responsible for opening and renovating offices all over the country.  Because TFA is a constantly expanding organization they have a need for a department like this.  I had a few projects that I worked on. The first was that I sorted through thousands of photos and uploaded them to flickr. The flickr link was sent to all of the people responsible for opening up new offices and they used the photos as examples and ideas for what they want their office to look like. The second project was I made a furniture catalogue that was also sent to the people in charge of decorating the offices so they can order furniture for their office. My final project was i made a mood board activity that my supervisors will take with them when they do focus groups on what employees in a given office to feel like and what type of vibe they want it to have.  I also had to make sample moodboards.

Teach For America’s message really relates to the part of the Quaker Quotables quote speaking to equality “All are deserving of respect, no matter what our differences. When we respect the Light in ourselves and others, we encourage all to turn inward for guidance and truth.”  Teach For America believes that no matter where a person is from or what their background is they deserve a quality education.  Teach For Americas goal is to give everyone a quality education.  This is an organization whose mission is worth supporting.

2 thoughts on “Sammie’s Summer of Service

  1. Hi Sammie,

    This sounds like a great experience! I worked with a bunch of TFA teachers and can imagine the infrastructure that must be needed behind the scenes, out of the classroom, to support the whole TFA organization. Are you interested in teaching?


  2. Sammie, I enjoyed reading your description of your work for TFA. I love the creativity of your projects for the organization. Publicity, communication, and office set-up are all aspects of running a big organization that can have a big impact on success. It strikes me that your work was particularly important in morale-building. Congratulations on this contribution to TFA!

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