GYO FAQ imageWe are excited to announce that Grow Your Own Teachers is now accepting applications for our Chicago area program, with a deadline of September 15.

Grow Your Own is a teacher pipeline program established to increase teacher diversity in Illinois public schools. GYO provides extensive support for students pursuing a career in teaching, in exchange for a commitment to teach for 5 years in high-needs public schools.

Supports that make a difference:

    Financial support for tuition assistance, and when needed, emergency expenses

    Academic support, with an Academic Coordinator who works with students to keep them on track to graduate

    Test prep for the TAP, ACT or SAT, as well as tutoring and other support to master class subjects

A cohort of other prospective teachers who meet monthly to support each other, tackle the issues facing them and better prepare for the classroom

Who are Grow Your Own students?

    Undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in teaching

    Students enrolled in their college of education or a master’s program to gain their license

    Adults who are returning to college with the intent of becoming a licensed teacher

    Graduates who hold a bachelor’s degree and are pursuing a teaching license

How to apply:

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To apply, click the button or visit Candidates will need to provide college transcripts and/or proof of high school graduation (or GED), a writing sample, documentation of ACT, SAT or TAP score, and two letters of recommendation.

Basic eligibility requirements include: a GED or high school diploma, demonstrated commitment to your community, at least an 18 on ACT, 935 on SAT or passing one section on the TAP test.

For more information, you can contact Kenneth Snyder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (773) 614-6619 Help Spread the Word! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter Click here for GYO fact sheets, brochures and posters Click here for shareable social media materials Copyright © 2018 Grow Your Own Teachers Illinois, All rights reserved.

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Suite 2A-11
Chicago, IL 60608

Phone: 773-322-7419

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