On October 13, the 32 remarkable Yass Prize Semifinalists were announced live at Forbes on Fifth in New York City. They were selected from thousands of impressive applications.
The $1 Million Yass Prize celebrates the country’s education provider which best demonstrates the STOP principles. In conjunction with The Yass Prize, the STOP Awards initiative provides over $16 million in support annually to honor educators who achieve excellence.
Why “STOP” for Education?
The Yass Prize and STOP Awards Initiative were created to find and advance the work of education providers that continued to serve children despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic. Following the success of the inaugural Awards in 2021, the program was broadened to not only recognize and reward innovative education providers working day in and day out to serve students but to amplify their work through numerous experiences and an extensive mentorship network. Learn more in our 2022 launch party video.
2022 Yass Prize Semifinalists Announced!
On October 13, the 32 remarkable Yass Prize Semifinalists were announced live at Forbes on Fifth in New York City. They were selected from thousands of impressive applications. The 7 finalists from this group will be revealed in December – and one of them will be crowned the distinguished winner of the $1 million Yass Prize.
Meet the STOP for Arizona Education Awardees!
The STOP for Arizona Education Awards was created to reward Arizona education providers who could best support and scale to provide opportunities for more families now able to use the state’s pioneering Empowerment Scholarship Accounts for their students. An initial commitment of $500,000 was made for one grand prize honoring Governor Doug Ducey’s efforts to give families unprecedented power over their children’s education, and $100,000 to each of five other outstanding education providers. Then, upon learning of the great work happening and to accelerate the expansion of critical learning opportunities for students, Janine and Jeff Yass made an incredible gesture to double the awards.
Congratulations to: Science Prep Academy, Kino School, Love Your School, Our Lady of the Lake, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Mary-Basha.
— 2022 Yass Prize & STOP Awards —
Key Dates & Happenings
The Yass Foundation for Education advances the four core STOP principles: Sustainable, Transformational, Outstanding, and Permissionless education. Each year, the Foundation will reward dozens of organizations, building a growing network of innovative providers that
demonstrate these qualities in their commitment to new ideas, technologies, and approaches to learning that bring education into
the 21st century. The Foundation is powered by the Center for Education Reform (CER) in partnership with Forbes.
What has been created here at the accelerator is truly incredible.
We may never know how pivotal this really is for education in America right here, right now. This group of people will work together to force real change permissionlessly.
The chance to be part of this group is a big gust of wind in the sails of New Way Global.
Being in this group has filled me with renewed hope and determination to push forward on big dreams for great education for the least served in our community and beyond.
When you are trying to advance and think beyond the status quo, this can be a lonely place, because our systems are structured to do the same thing.
It is important to surround yourself with like-minded individuals who foster innovation.
If you get to the accelerator after the application process, go in knowing you already won.
The fact that you are now with a group of your peers you really get to see how world class the education profession is.
The challenge in education is the stakes are so high.
It's one thing to have a product fail but failure to educate children has enormous consequences. One way to address this challenge is to think about innovation in a "fail fast" model where you learn very quickly what's working and what's not so you can iterate and improve quickly.
We may not agree on much of anything, but one thing that is a uniting force that we all agree on is that education opens doors, it’s the great equalizer.
It's about engaging families.
It's helping families step into their power — making sure that the voices of families are really front and center in guiding solutions.
The special sauce of our schools is tutoring.
We support our students and their ability to reach their full human potential through the use of tutoring.
You are in a moment in history that we have never seen before.
Any of us with a disruptive idea have a shot at trying to prove something.
What is good for families is good for the school because families want great schools.
Our STOP Award partnership with Forbes and CER has been one of the best things we’ve done in education over the past 25 years.
We are so inspired by the STOP Award participants, semi-finalists, and the courage, innovation and leadership of educators from across the country who have amplified the application of their brilliance to make the lives of their students better as they faced the daunting challenges of the pandemic.