Every year around this time, we can’t help but feel a little nostalgic for the back-to-school days of yore. Sure, you may have dreaded leaving your bathing suit behind and donning your backpack every year, but in adult life, the prospect of a fresh year full of the promise of new things sounds kind of nice.
If you’re pining for your days as a student, check out these 10 companies that seriously champion education. While you may not be going back to the classroom yourself, you’ll be working to help other students—young and old—get the awesome education they deserve.
1. People’s Prep
Where: Newark, NJ
People’s Prep wants to make sure all students have the opportunity to succeed—no matter how many education opportunities they’ve had. That’s why this stand-alone charter high school works extra hard with students who walk through its doors to not only help them succeed in high school, but to help them get into college and succeed there, too. Whether you’re looking to teach or want to support students in other ways, there’s bound to be a place here for you.
Where: San Francisco and Silicon Valley
Remember struggling to pick out your classes in college, trying to find some study help, and paying for (and lugging home) all those expensive textbooks? Chegg wants to help students hack their education, saving them time, saving them money, and helping them get smarter by offering educational tools from textbook rentals and eTextbooks to online homework help and course organization. In other words, it’s making the college experience as seamless (and affordable) as possible.
Where: New York
One in five people in the U.S. are affected by learning and attention issues—making it that much harder for them to get everything they can out of their education. That’s where NCLD steps in. The National Center for Learning Disabilities offers resources to empower parents and young adults to create a society in which every individual has access to the academic and social skills necessary for success. And its soon-to-launch media property Understood.org is about to make school (and life) much easier for anyone dealing with a learning disability.
Where: Lausanne, Switzerland
Frontiers wants to help move higher education into the 21st century, offering an open-access academic publishing and research networking platform for scientists, researchers, and academics. Publishing over 24 field journals that cover more than 280 disciplines, the work at Frontiers is increasing the impact of researchers’ work around the globe by making it easier to access and share on the web.
5. Teach for America
Where: New York and Chicago
TFA wants to bring better education across the U.S. by training recent graduates to be amazing teachers and placing them in low-income schools. But even if you’re not into teaching, there are plenty of opportunities for you here: TFA needs a big staff to support its nationwide operation, and current job openings range from engineering and project management to marketing and operations.
Where: San Francisco
Unfortunately, education can get costly. That’s why SoFi was founded—to offer an innovative solution to the rising problem of student debt. The company connects students and recent graduates with alumni and other community investors through school-specific student loan funds. Borrowers save time and money by refinancing their private and federal loans, investors earn an attractive return, and both sides benefit from the SoFi community.
Where: East Africa
Akilah is connecting young women in east Africa to educational and economic opportunities, offering training in growing industries such as entrepreneurship, hospitality management, and information systems. While Akilah currently only has campuses in Rwanda and Burundi, its model can be replicated in other communities in the area, and it is looking forward to growing—hoping to offer 1,200 students an educational bridge to great careers and bright futures by 2020.
Where: New York and Flexible
TNTP wants to raise the bar in teaching. The company works to end educational inequality by helping schools, districts, and states grow and hold on to great teachers and build systems that prioritize effective teaching in every classroom. Since 1997, it has recruited and trained nearly 50,000 teachers, catalyzed large-scale reform through acclaimed studies, pioneered teacher evaluation systems, and launched one of the nation’s premier teaching awards. If you want to help make sure evey teacher is an inspiring one, find your next job here.
Where: New York
Growing sick of the growing cost of higher education? CommonBond is looking to not only lower that cost for students, but to make the borrowing experience better and more community-oriented. It does this by connecting students in financial need to alumni investors and accomplished professionals, helping students get a fair loan and letting alumni help the next generation.
10. EF Education First
Where: Boston, Denver, and Chicago
EF Education First wants to use education to break down barriers of language, culture, and geography. The company does this by offering study abroad programs, language training, educational tours, cultural exchanges, and academic programs. And with more than 450 schools and offices in 50 countries, it’s well on its way to bringing the world together.
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