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What Is NYC Men Teach?

In January 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio made a bold pledge: NYC will develop new initiatives aiming to put an additional 1,000 men of color on course to become NYC public school teachers over the next three years!

One such initiative is NYC MEN Teach, an application-based program that was created to improve the diversity of the NYC teaching workforce.  This initiative is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office, CUNY, the New York Department of Education, and New York City’s Young Men’s Initiative. 

Why Is NYC Men Teach Important?

This program aims to address the large gap between the diversity in the NYC student population and the teacher population, especially among minority male teachers. While 45% of NYC students are males of color, only 7% of NYC teachers are men of color.


Benefits may include academic support, workshops, social events, certification preparation, career planning, advising, networking opportunities and Metro Cards.


QCC is seeking eligible applicants with a desire to:

  • Educate the next generation of leaders
  • Engage with classrooms and communities with cultural relevancy
  • Empower young people by reflecting their value in the classroom and to the city

In order to be eligible for this program, applicants typically meet the following criteria:

  • Current QCC Student who intends to apply to a CUNY Teacher Education program
  • Interested in becoming a certified teacher in New York State
  • Academically qualified with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Experience working/volunteering in urban communities
  • Committed to working/teaching in a New York City public school
  • Have already completed 24 credits toward an associate degree


CUNY students at all CUNY campuses can access an online application. The deadline is Friday, September 13th. Please complete the application on your computer and not your phone. A complete application includes the following:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. An unofficial transcript from your current CUNY College which will be uploaded in the online application.
  3. Response to two short answer questions. It is strongly suggested that you proofread your responses before submitting it. Ask someone you trust, like a professor or adviser, to help you make your application the best it can be.

Even if you don’t meet these exact requirements, if you’re interested in a career in teaching, contact us to learn more!

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Phillip Anderson
NYC Men Teach Program Director

Diane Cadena
Student Coordinator

Medical Arts Building, Room 111A
(718) 281-5748 / Ext: 5748

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