For years, Apache has promoted educational opportunities for teachers and students across the globe. Two of its most notable endeavors are Fund for Teachers and Springboard: Educating the Future.
Founded in 2001, Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by supporting them as they pursue opportunities around the globe in self-designed summer fellowships. FFT is now a national nonprofit that invests in teacher training by awarding grants for personalized professional development. More than 7,000 teachers, whose classrooms range from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, have used $25 million in FFT grants to become students again: attending conferences, embarking on self-guided expeditions, conducting fieldwork, and joining service-learning projects during the summer to bridge learning gaps – both theirs and their students’. For years to come afterward, classrooms become extensions of these fellowships, laboratories in which students process and put into practice their teachers’ learning. The organization provided grants to 498 Fellows in 2016 to study on six continents and allows Fellows to document their journeys by posting photos and updates on FFT’s blog.