Outschool.org launched in March 2020 to help remove the barriers that prevent those learners from, not just accessing Outschool, but more broadly developing a life-long love of learning.
We do this by partnering with schools, districts, non-profit organizations, microschools, learning pods, and homeschool communities. Every spring, Outschool.org launches its Community Partner Grant program, calling for educational organizations across the United States to apply for a grant. Each selected community partner will receive up to $75,000 in funds to use towards bringing access and high-quality education to kids and families in underserved communities.
“This year, out of all submitted applications, we selected 10 mission-driven and inspiring community partners who share our commitment to serving historically underserved and underrepresented students. From California to Georgia, our new community partners serve at least 75% of students who identify as Black/Latinx and low-income.
Over the next year, we look forward to collaborating closely with this cohort of leaders and changemakers to build new learning models for the students and families they serve.
Learn more about each of our community partner grantees below:
- The Melanin Village, Nationwide
- EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc., Georgia
- Heritage Homeschoolers, Cobb County, Georgia
- FACES SF, San Francisco, California
- Taos Education Collaborative, Taos, New Mexico
- Love House Learning Academy, Beaufort, South Carolina
- Youth Life Foundation of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia
Charter Schools & School Districts
- Portal Schools, El Segundo, California
- New Heights Charter School, Los Angeles, California
- Charleston County School District, Charleston, South Carolina
We also heard from our community partner leaders to learn more about how they plan to use the Outschool.org grant to drive impact in their communities. Here are their thoughtful and moving responses.
“With the Outschool.org grant, my organization plans to expand our Homeschool Academy Program to support more African American homeschoolers as well as families from low socioeconomic backgrounds by providing access to classes to help their learners develop a love for learning.”
Andrea Hall is the Executive Director of EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc., a faith-based homeschool community based in Georgia.
“With the Outschool.org grant, my organization plans to offer interest-driven classes to students to provide a personalized experience. Ranging from support for student clubs, supplements to passion projects, or academic skill- building, our students will use Outschool based on their specific needs and goals.”
Kate Parsons is the Chief Operating Officer at Portal Schools, a network of independent high schools in El Segundo, California.
“With the Outschool.org grant, my organization plans to offer a culturally relevant program of history, science, foreign language, and language arts classes for our elementary and middle school students along with supplemental enrichment designed to stoke curiosity while fueling our students’ passions.
The coursework we pursue will center the voices of Black and Brown historic figures, current leaders, and changemakers. Our students will have opportunities to practice critical thinking as they engage with texts written by and about people of color.”
Amber Johnston is an author, speaker, and founder of Heritage Homeschoolers, a nonprofit support group for black K-12 homeschool families living in Cobb County, Georgia.
"With the Outschool.org grant, my organization plans to increase equitable, community-wide access to high-quality instruction in middle school math, literacy, and SEL programming for students across Taos County."
Elizabeth LeBlanc is the founder and project coordinator for Taos Education Collaborative, a community-wide coalition tackling the learning continuity issue for students across Taos County, New Mexico.