We believe most schools don't help young people discover their gifts, talents, passions, interests, or dreams; instead they convince them that there are limited paths to success. We believe that if young people were surrounded by a supportive community of peers and mentors, they could define success on their own terms.
Your dream is unique. It requires you actively engage in imagining it, developing it, and figuring out how to create it. It's likely that this isn’t part of the curriculum at your current school. The Create Your Own School Community is a place to find other young people who are committed to exploring our edges, creating ourselves, developing our voice, and making our dreams come true. Here we can focus on learning what we want, how we want, and from who we want.
On October 12, 2020, three of our founders were interviewed for the Emergency Home Learning Summit by unschooling researcher, Dr. Gina Riley.
This is not a place to tell other people what you think they should do or believe. It's also not a place to hide – you will be seen and heard, if that makes you uncomfortable then this might not be for you.
Nicole spent 12 years building three different businesses without any prior knowledge of, or training in, those industries. She then led a HS service learning program for 4 years and now teaches management at a community college. She's learned the value of creativity and self-direction and is now on a mission to cultivate these skills so that all people can thrive in these changing times.
Sanat is currently a senior in high school. Outside school, he has largely self directed his learning through taking on projects and connecting with people involved in his areas of interest including sustainability, education, journalism and entrepreneurship. He is presently focused on empowering young entrepreneurs and leaders via his podcast, 21st Century Visionary.
Hannah graduated in January 2020 after homeschooling her whole life. While co-founding the Learner Council and volunteering at virtual camps in her distributed learning high school, she discovered a passion for guiding and supporting other learners, and for creating systems that work. She wants to help other young people by designing and supporting individualized learning paths.
Kayla is a young Afro-Latina woman who strives to see the light in others. Serving at her church, she learned the importance of seeking joy in working with people. Not only has the experience marked her heart with love, but also learning that creativity is essential to creating leaders of modern day. Kayla is eager to encourage, motivate, and captivate the very light everyone has in themselves.
"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." -Alvin Toffler, Author of Future Shock
"Hire those with initiative over those with experience. Initiative comes from genuine interest and the drive to become an expert." -Scott Belsky, Chief Product Officer at Adobe
We are building a leadership team of young people who are committed to stretching ourselves and doing whatever it takes to make this happen.
If after you join this community, you decide you want to help build it, please reach out to one of the team members to start that conversation.