More Volunteers Teach in Needy Areas


This year a group called Teach For America saw a 36 percent spike in applications. The organization recruits college graduates to help fill a teacher shortage in economically disadvantaged areas of America. The organization’s leaders say some college graduates are committing to public service because of the economic downturn but also many feel a renewed spirit of public service.
VOA’s Brian Padden recently visited a Teach for America member who says teaching is much harder than she anticipated — but changing the world is never easy.


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