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Teach for America
Connecting city kids to health care careers
Connecting city kids to health care careers

Trevor entered my 11th grade Baltimore biology class without a strong science background. He didn't know what the heart did, what cells were or why DNA was important. Yet two months later, he wrote one of the best essays in the class comparing mitochondria and chloroplasts. After Trevor scored a 95 percent on our Body Systems Unit exam, he told me "I want to be a doctor." While I was ecstatic about his new passion, I knew his English and math skills were around seventh grade level. My heart began to sink into my stomach as I realized all of the extra effort Trevor would need to put in to reach his goal — but it just as quickly lifted as I realized that with the proper...