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Dodgers Foundation helps Teach For America

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is investing $25,000 this year in Teach For America - Los Angeles, the club announced on Thursday.

The grant supports the non-profit's ability to recruit and train teachers at Manual Arts High School, where Teach For America is one of more than 50 community partners contributing to a significant academic turnaround.

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is investing $25,000 this year in Teach For America - Los Angeles, the club announced on Thursday.

The grant supports the non-profit's ability to recruit and train teachers at Manual Arts High School, where Teach For America is one of more than 50 community partners contributing to a significant academic turnaround.

"LADF is pleased to help Teach For America - Los Angeles provide a pipeline of diverse, talented and passionate teachers for Los Angeles schools with the greatest needs," said Nichol Whiteman, LADF executive director. "By sponsoring TFA-LA's work at Manual Arts High School, we are helping to recruit and retain innovative leaders in our classrooms and community and prepare more students for college access and success."

Teach For America - Los Angeles has partnered with Manual Arts High School since 2011 to help radically shift the education, wellness and social outcomes of youth in southern Los Angeles.

"TFA corps members bring a hopeful energy to Manual Arts High School that students really respond to and appreciate, which improves learning," said Stephanie Kuo, a Teach For America - Los Angeles alum in her fourth year of teaching special education students English at Manual Arts.

Teach For America - Los Angeles was established in 1990 to work with communities to expand education opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty.

"Our goal is to recruit extraordinary leaders from all backgrounds who can harness the potential in all kids," said Lida Jennings, executive director of Teach For America - Los Angeles. "Thanks to the generous support of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, we can continue this critical work at Manual Arts, where we've seen that commitment and investment change outcomes for students."

Since 2014, LADF has granted nearly $2.5 million to over 100 charitable and community organizations throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area. For more information on LADF's charitable giving and grant guidelines, please visit dodgers.com/ladf.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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