Courtesy of Megan Wilson After Megan Wilson graduates, she will spend two years teaching science to middle and high school children.
Wilson, a senior neuroscience major, will offer her knowledge through Teach for America, a non-profit organization that wants to close the educational gap within schools and districts.
Educational caps are more common in urban communities, according to the Teach for America website.
Wilson said the organization focuses on leadership skills to help teach kids.
Students who want to get involved still can; the Teach for America program application deadline is this Friday, Feb. 15, for students graduating this year.
Wilson got involved in the program to help people before continuing her education.
“I’m going to eventually apply to medical school and was looking for something meaningful to do before I did that,” Wilson said.
According to the website, the education gap between incomes is a ‘solvable problem.’ The organization aims to provide a good education for children in low-income areas.
“I could easily relate to the need to close the educational achievement gap, a social justice issue that is massive throughout the U.S.,” Wilson said.
“As I thought about it more I became incredibly excited about the possibility to get to make a direct impact on the future generation through the public education system and to be able to motivate students who have been told their whole lives that they aren't good enough simply because of their zip code,” she said.
Wilson said she wanted to show the underprivileged students that anything is possible, and make sure they don’t feel less capable than their peers because they come from a different area.
She will teach science to grades six through 12.
“Being placed in a secondary science classroom was the best thing that could have happened to me,” Wilson said. “As a lover of science, I am beyond excited to get to share my passion with young learners and help them to see that science is not that boring thing you have to do, but instead this awesome thing that opens tons of doors.”
The program has a two-year commitment, and participants can earn a teaching certification through the experience from their school. Students who apply also have a preference of what subject and grade level they would like to teach at, but the organization will assign them based on where teachers are needed.
The organization operates across the United States, and participants within the program get paid as a first year teacher.
Students who are interested could be graduating with a degree in any major but still apply to teach for the organization, Wilson said. Training lasts for seven weeks, and there is an orientation before anyone starts.
The acceptance rate was about 17 percent before this year, so there is competition for applicants. Teach for America employs about three to five thousand people, said Wilson.
In order to apply, students must earn a bachelor’s degree by the time they start the training, have at least a 2.5 GPA and be a U.S. citizen, according to the website.
Students who wish to apply need to fill out an online application, write a resume about themselves and submit a letter of intent that is 500 words. Online applications are available on the organization’s website at teachforamerica.org.