The Grow Your Own Illinois teacher’s training program helps individuals who have an interest in teaching do so in a way that helps the community. GYO’s target candidates are people from low- and moderate income communities who wish to pursue their interest in teaching and better the community. Their goal is to support its candidates on their journey to becoming teachers. This can be in the form of providing financial assistance, wrap around supports, and the sense belonging from a cohort of people with the same passion for education. GYO candidates get certified so that they are able to make a difference in their own communities by providing students with educators that look like them and understand their experiences.
In order to get properly certified, candidates must complete both the online application as well as submitting all the additional application materials. Candidates will complete a four-year Bachelor’s degree in education, or, if they’ve already completed a Bachelor’s degree, they will either take additional certification courses or complete a Master’s degree. The application for the spring 2019 program is due September 15, 2018.
Thus far, GYO has 118 graduates in Illinois, 105 of which are teaching in 88 schools across the state, and they are continuing to address disparities in educational attainment for underrepresented students. If you or someone you know have any interest in the program, please do not hesitate to reach out and learn more. Click HERE to access the website or contact Azalia Martinez Jaimes at firstname.lastname@example.org and get involved today!