Get to Know Young Professionals for Education Equity
Young Professionals for Education Equity (YPEE) began as an affiliate of Teach For America - Metro Atlanta in 2009 and became an independent network in 2010. Founded by Teach For America alumnus and regional advisory board member Hunter Pierson, each quarter YPEE hosts a member meeting featuring a speaker from the local education reform community. Twice a year the group organizes a public forum focused on a topic confronting the Metro Atlanta education landscape, and on an issue-by-issue basis, YPEE members advocate for policies that foster the academic achievement of students in low-income neighborhoods.
All 100 plus members of YPEE are required to attend at least three quarterly meetings each year, make a financial contribution to a local education non-profit working towards educational equity, and advocate for students living in high-need communities.
Tucked away just east of Midtown is Virginia Highland, a meandering collection of restaurants, shops, and quaint residential streets that many of our corps members call home. A historic neighborhood originally established as an early 20th century "streetcar suburb," the area gets its name from the two avenues that intersect at its core. Popular for dining, shopping, and socializing, Virginia Highland also boasts several parks, including the recently expanded Piedmont Park. Corps members living in Atlanta find that while the Highlands really light up on the weekends, it's also a great spot for a midweek break in the form of team trivia or a sharing a drink at one of the many local cafes and bars.
Subjects And Grade Levels
- Early Childhood Education
- General Science
- Social Studies
- Special Education
In Georgia, corps members must obtain a non-renewable teaching certificate by passing the GACE in their assigned content area. District, state, and Teach For America policy require all corps members to enroll in an approved certification program during their first year of teaching and complete an approved certification program during their two-year commitment.