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I submitted my application to join the 2009 corps in Teach for America, but it was definitely against the advice of my mother. She's concerned about the idea of sending a mostly untrained young female (that'd be me) into the heart of some of the sketchiest neighborhoods and school systems in America.
Having read a few stories and heard a few more, I have to admit that the prospect of violence against teachers, especially new teachers, is a little worrisome.
I would like to hear some anecdotes, as I'm sure several parents here have children who have participated in Teach for America or are applying as well.
How do you feel about their safety? And, on an unrelated note, how this applies to their overall aspirations?