Jake Whitman, Former Teach For America Corps Member and Recruiter, Demystifies TFA Application in New Book Titled "Destination: Teach For America"

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Pine Street Press announces the release of "Destination: Teach For America," a newly published book that provides tips, advice, and insight to help the 48,000 Teach For America applicants get accepted into the program. Last year, 12% of seniors at Ivy League universities submitted applications, making Teach For America the most applied-to company for top-tier students today.

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Jake's framework allowed me to effectively convey my leadership experience and passion for the program as a Teach For America applicant.

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Jake Whitman, former Teach For America recruiter and corps member, has published the first and only book that helps applicants get accepted into Teach For America, one of the most sought-after organizations for top college graduates and young professionals. “Destination: Teach For America; Building Leadership, Mastering the Application, Acing the Interviews" provides a holistic and comprehensive guide to navigating the organization’s notoriously rigorous admissions process.

According to Teach For America, more than 48,000 high-achieving individuals applied for 5,800 positions last year, an acceptance rate that rivals Harvard Law School and other prestigious graduate programs. This applicant pool includes 12% of Ivy League seniors, making Teach For America by far the most applied-to company by students at top-tier universities today. Whitman’s recommendations—coupled with the advice and insight of more than 20 corps members and alumni—provide the practical tips applicants need to drastically improve their chance of acceptance.

“This book will benefit all prospective applicants, whether they are two years from applying or are submitting their applications as we speak,” Whitman says. “I’ve found that some candidates know significantly more about the application process than others, giving them a distinct advantage in getting accepted into the program. This imbalance hurts Teach For America’s ability to find the best teachers. I want to level the information playing field so that all applicants have the opportunity to most effectively prove they are the best individuals to lead a classroom.”

"Destination: Teach For America" is separated into two parts. The first part provides concrete advice and resources to individuals looking to build their candidacy in the months and years before they apply. It educates readers on the organization’s values and helps them decide if Teach For America is a good career fit. It then shows applicants, with detailed explanations of Teach For America’s selection metrics, how to align their own life paths with what the organization values most.

The second half of the book coaches applicants through the actual application and interview processes. Exercises and sample materials demonstrate to readers how to write an exceptional letter of intent and develop a strong, targeted resume. Sample interview questions, templates for planning an effective five-minute lesson, and strategies for navigating the group activity comprehensively prepare readers for the intense interview stages.

Kristin, a 2011 corps member successfully coached by Whitman, says, "Jake's framework allowed me to effectively convey my leadership experience and passion for the program as a Teach For America applicant."

Distinguished Teach For America alumni include: David Levin and Mike Feinberg, founders of the KIPP charter network; Michael Johnston, Colorado State Senator; and Michelle Rhee, Executive Director of StudentsFirst.

"Destination: Teach For America" is available for purchase on Amazon.com and at http://www.destinationteachforamerica.com.

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About the Author: Jake Whitman is a former recruiter and corps member with Teach For America. He has coached dozens of applicants through the Teach For America admissions process with his book and online resources. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Chestnut Hill College.

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