From the Peace Corps to NYC Classrooms

Elliot S. Jaffe and his wife Roslyn (center) with members TC's Peace Corps Fellows Program.

It’s an idea so good scores of other urban universities replicated it: The Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Peace Corps Fellows Program, which has enriched the educations and lives of thousands of students in New York City’s high-need schools for more than 25 years. 

As part of the campaign, Elliot Jaffe, who is former Chairman and CEO of Dress Barn, a TC Trustee and a philanthropist, and his wife Roslyn—a co-founder, with her husband, of Dress Barn—have renewed their commitment to the program with a new gift of $700,000. The program supports returned Peace Corps volunteers, who receive alternative certification as they teach full-time in New York City schools and pursue TC master’s degrees. In turn, the Fellows create meaningful learning experiences for children in some of the City’s most disadvantaged schools and communities. 

“The program inspired me to think creatively about how to make content relevant and better engage my students,” says Fellow Tiffany Williams

The program has produced more than 800 public school educators, says former Director Nicolas Stahelin. Its alumni retention rate in public schools is among the nation’s highest. 

Elliot Jaffe says he and his wife created the program to harness the idealism and expertise of former Peace Corps members who wanted to become teachers. “New York City was willing to give them teaching certificates,” Jaffe says, “and TC had the courses, so we stepped up with some scholarships.”

(Published 7/2014)

Published Sunday, Sep. 27, 2015

From the Peace Corps to NYC Classrooms

Elliot S. Jaffe and his wife Roslyn (center) with members TC's Peace Corps Fellows Program.

It’s an idea so good scores of other urban universities replicated it: The Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Peace Corps Fellows Program, which has enriched the educations and lives of thousands of students in New York City’s high-need schools for more than 25 years. 

As part of the campaign, Elliot Jaffe, who is former Chairman and CEO of Dress Barn, a TC Trustee and a philanthropist, and his wife Roslyn—a co-founder, with her husband, of Dress Barn—have renewed their commitment to the program with a new gift of $700,000. The program supports returned Peace Corps volunteers, who receive alternative certification as they teach full-time in New York City schools and pursue TC master’s degrees. In turn, the Fellows create meaningful learning experiences for children in some of the City’s most disadvantaged schools and communities. 

“The program inspired me to think creatively about how to make content relevant and better engage my students,” says Fellow Tiffany Williams

The program has produced more than 800 public school educators, says former Director Nicolas Stahelin. Its alumni retention rate in public schools is among the nation’s highest. 

Elliot Jaffe says he and his wife created the program to harness the idealism and expertise of former Peace Corps members who wanted to become teachers. “New York City was willing to give them teaching certificates,” Jaffe says, “and TC had the courses, so we stepped up with some scholarships.”

(Published 7/2014)

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