The Grow Your Own Teachers (GYO) initiative is an innovative partnership of community organizations, higher education institutions and school districts that supports parents, community members and paraprofessionals in low-income communities to become highly qualified teachers. 

GYO at NEIU currently has a partnership Chicago Public Schools and six different community-based organizations including:

The outcomes GYO is achieving:

  • A pipeline of highly effective teachers of color
  • Improved teacher retention in low-income schools
  • Improved cultural competence and community connections of teachers
  • Improved academic achievement of low-income students
Learn more about GYO online, or contact Luis Meza at or (773) 322-7419.