Not only because of the capital, but because of the knowledge that comes by communing with the diverse group of people as opposed to everybody that thinks the exact same way that you might think.
Dramatically Unconventional & Groundbreaking
the 2023 33 Semifinalists
Their efforts are innovative, unique, and groundbreaking in redefining and transforming education – providers who deliver AI-infused personalized learning in both traditional & new forms of schooling, small learning environments that give students curricular choice; life saving certifications for marginalized & at-risk populations, core content delivery, and recruitment, training & empowerment programs for teachers, parents, & school leaders. We salute them in their journey and wish them the best as they work toward the $1 million Yass Prize!
If you're committed to wanting to be one of the change makers of the future in education, I believe that this is a place for you.
The Yass Prize is centered around ensuring that this [program] provides you a stepping stone...
We don’t want you to rinse, wash, repeat. We want you to build and sustain.
The Yass Prize has brought together such diverse leaders
from all different demographics, all different states, all different service provider types that you can learn from.
Being a part of the [Yass] family confirmed that what I'm doing is right,
going against the common core and focusing on what we know is important for kids really works, and having a network of people now that also agree was super huge.
Because of the Yass Prize, we were able to add an additional pre-K classroom.
The foundation of any society is a good education.
One of the missions of the Yass Prize and the Yass Prize movement is really surfacing best practices in innovation—
in innovators who are doing this type of transformational work, so that others can learn from it and replicate it, so that you can actually grow yourselves.
It might be the first time you’re speaking where everyone is actually listening and cares about what you’re doing.
I don’t think I’ve been in a room as supportive as the Yass Prize Semifinalist room in Miami.
Believe in your mission… Ground yourself… Never give up…
Yass brought us together, creating opportunities to create an educational universe within which we can look at education differently…
we have to find academic experiences that represent neuro-divergent learners, kids who want to learn about gaming, who want to do stuff online, who dropped out of school.
The Yass Prize is truly changing the landscape of education options across the nation,
and I couldn't be more grateful for what it's done for us, and helping us serve more students and families.
There is absolutely zero downside to being a part of this network by submitting your application and what you will encounter is unlike any other grant.
It's actually mind blowing. I really see myself as an education entrepreneur, but this expanded me.