Teachers work hard to inspire their students every day. During Teach For America Week, teachers at Milwaukee schools invite community leaders into their classrooms to help connect with their students on a whole new level. "It's our dream that all our kids are going to be inspired to become the future leaders of Milwaukee," says Teach For America-Milwaukee's Executive Director Garrett Bucks. "We believe that this cities education system can be the best in the country." Bucks explains that inviting community leaders into the classroom during Teach For America Week helps expose students to careers that they may not realize exists, and those encounters make lasting impressions.
I sat in Rebecca Gleit's math class at Carmen High School of Science & Technology (Northwest) as Nicole Angresano, the VP of Community Impact at United Way of Greater Milwaukee, spoke with the girls about volunteer opportunities throughout their community. (Volunteering is an educational requirement at Carmen) "I just want them to find volunteer opportunities that are meaningful for them," says Gleit. "Something they care about, working with issues that matter to them so they can become articulate citizens."
Listen to the story above to hear more from the students at Carmen Northwest and what they learned from Nicole Angresano from the United Way.