Black Pastors United for Education
Black Pastors United for Education has launched a network of hybrid learning centers embedded in local churches. It was formed after the Rock Church launched the Rock City Learning Center to provide support for students when they shifted to online learning due to COVID and because the city schools could not provide the education the students needed to survive and thrive in the pandemic. Rock City organizes small-group, hybrid learning pods for approximately 40 students, ages 6 to 13. Students are matched with 8-10 learners and are supported by a dedicated learning guide. The learning guides help the students with their online education curriculum. Learners also have the opportunity to participate in engaging enrichment activities and student-centered projects focused on their own interests including STEM projects, visual and performing arts, graphic design, music, social media content creation, and urban farming. If awarded the $1 million Yass Prize, Black Pastors United would replicate its existing educational model, launching five more learning centers to serve 200 additional students.