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JBY Academy is a new faith-based homeschool community group and enrichment program infused with the performing and creative arts.
JBY Academy also has a series of fun, interactive, and academically enriching virtual classes for grades Pre-K to 12th grade. We are more than a drop in online class platform. Our courses are custom designed to meet each child where they are and to build confidence and self-esteem.
Our online classes are thoughtfully crafted and give the children a personal experience. Unlike an online class platform where students can drop in and out randomly. JBY Academy customizes our classrooms so no child is left behind. Moreover, we encourage classroom teamwork and the children build a rapport with one another.
At JBY Academy™ our goal is to provide a flexible support system to homeschool families. A variety of interactive classes are offered a la carte and are structured like a college for kids. Classes are broken into three semesters (Fall, Winter, and Spring). Each semester will comprise of 8-weeks core-curriculum and 8-weeks enrichment classes.
Classes meet once a week virtually via Zoom or students view a pre-recorded video. A few classes may have an in-person day once a week. The school year begins the week of September 13, 2021 and ends the week of May 13, 2022. Our classroom sizes are kept small so we can provide one-on-one attention to our students. We meet each child where they are.
Unlike some online class platforms, JBY Academy™ creates a personalized learning experience, verses a random drop in. As a direct result, our experience with children who require an IEP and children with learning disabilities such as autism is proven to be effective. Our goal is to help children feel empowered and confident while learning. Mrs. Mahogany Reynolds-Clarke, the head teacher, has a versatile background teaching and mentoring children with learning disabilities and physical disabilities since 2003.
Join us as a family for our in-person meetups and field trips or select an online JBY Academy classes in core-curriculum or the performing/creative arts.
JBY Academy Homeschool Group is designed for children Pre-K to 12th grade in the Lehigh Valley (Easton, Allentown, Bethlehem) Pennsylvania area and surrounding counties.
JBY Academy Online Classes are open to students anywhere in the region (or outside the region).
JBY Academy After-School Program is available for children in the Lehigh Valley metro area.
JBY Academy is a faith-based program rooted in spiritual principles of hope, love, community, kindness, fellowship, and unity. We welcome all families, so long as they agree to be in alignment with the 5 Core Values of Just Be You Performing Arts. (scroll down to read our values)
The program is open to all families who share a common interest in enhancing a child's exposure and knowledge of creative arts and culture. In addition to strengthening their academics.
Our program's inaugural year started in September 2021. We offer a variety of virtual classes and hybrid learning.
JBY Academy Homeschool Group meets in person twice a month on Fridays at Bethel Memorial Baptist Church Easton, PA.
We are also excited about our performing and creative arts after-school program to be held on Friday afternoons at St. Paul's Third Lutheran Church in Easton, PA, in the spring of 2022. Plus, we're launching the JBY Rites of Passage Program for pre-teens and teens, in the spring of 2022.
JBY Academy does not have a rigid or demanding volunteering requirement. However, parents are asked to work cooperatively to volunteer during the meetups and throughout the school year. We will function as a community with a mindset of unity, harmony, and fellowship.
JBY Academy takes the Covid-19 pandemic seriously. We will strive to practice "safety smarts" during meetups and activities. The safety of the students and families are a TOP PRIORITY and all registered participants will be expected to respect and abide by our "safety smarts" protocols. Read more on the JBY Academy Code of Conduct Rules & Guidelines PDF document.
JBY Academy was founded in 2016 as a creative arts and academic enrichment program; designed with kids & teens in mind. For both homeschool children and traditional school. The program was born in Central, New Jersey. In 2017 we extended our program to the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania (Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown).
During 2017 through 2019 we hosted marvelous workshops in-person at local libraries. Children learned, created and socialized. Due to the pandemic of 2020, we were unable to continue our meetups, but it didn't stop our commitment to serving the youth. As such, we began hosting wonderful virtual workshops via ZOOM video conferencing. This was a caring decision made to keep children engaged, enriched and connected; during the uncertain times of social distancing, due to the covid-19 health crisis.
Due to the huge success and high demand of our workshops, we are now encouraged to answer the call to fill a void in Lehigh Valley, PA; for homeschool families seeking quality and affordable educational and enrichment classes for their children.
JBY Academy was created by Mahogany Reynolds-Clarke, out of love and devotion to her sonshine, DJ, an aspiring filmmaker, musician and zoologist.
JBY Academy is dedicated to providing high quality, interactive, and enriching classes in education and creative arts. Our classes are optional and are NOT a requirement to join JBY Academy. We are also committed to establishing a positive homeschool community of like-minded families in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. As well as, families outside of the area who wish to participate in our program virtually.
"Black History Month came alive in both meaningful and fun ways for my 8-year-old! Ms. Mahogany is an energetic teacher and kept my son engaged and interested with questions and activities."
"During the Black History Month workshops, I appreciated the way Ms. Mahogany made it so fun to listen to history and gave them notes as you went along. I feel they learned a great deal. All of my kids (ages 9, 10, 14 and 15) enjoyed it. I enjoyed it too!"
"Because of your Women's History Month class, I have been pondering the absolute fierceness of the women who went before me and allowed me to have a seat at the table today. We really enjoyed the creative projects as well!"
Mahogany Reynolds-Clarke, founder/executive director of JBY Academy; has over 25 year's experience mentoring, coaching and training the youth in various capacities; such as: performing arts, creative writing, language arts, and visual arts.
Ms. Mahogany is a professional journalist with a Bachelor's in Communication. Currently, she is working on her Master's. For over twelve years, she served as a writer for various newspapers in Michigan (her home state) and an on-camera reporter for a variety of local network stations, such as PBS.
In addition, she is a seasoned triple-threat performing artists with an extensive resume and over 30 years of experience, landing lead and supporting roles, in film, television and theater. She has also performed as an actress and model in Europe, Canada, and Jamaica. She is also an accomplished playwright; with several stage plays and a musical under her creative belt.
Over the past nine years, Ms. Mahogany has successful forged positive relationships within every community she has lived in. She has a strong reputation for being devoted to helping children build their self-esteem, expand their knowledge, learn to lead, and to stay creative!
Ms. Mahogany is a media darling. Events, programs and productions developed by Just Be You Performing Arts, have appeared in numerous publications; such as, Broadway World, The Star Ledger, Home News Tribune, and USA Today. As well as broadcast networks, News 12 NJ, Comcast News, and many more.
As a hardworking Mom, who started her homeschool education journey in 2016, Ms. Mahogany's passion for the arts, thirst for knowledge, and quest for diversity and inclusion is the driving force behind everything she accomplishes. And, she does it all for her sonshine, DJ, a young filmmaker.
Mahogany Reynolds-Clarke, coach, mentor, artist, teacher and homeschool educator.
We strive for integrity in every program, production, and event we create. As well as the environment and culture we create before, during, and after a program or production is completed. Integrity of spirit, character, and work ethic is required of every participant in a JBY event or activity.
We believe in the passage "Train up a child in the way that he [she] should go, and we he [she] is old, he [she] shall not depart from it." Mentoring is at the core of JBY. It's the root of who we are and all we do. Everyone involved in a JBY production or program has a responsibility to be a mentor and a positive role-model in some capacity.
We believe there's a difference between having talent verses being anointed. JBY events, productions and programs are covered under an anointing that goes deeper that just being talented in the arts. And while we are an all-inclusive organization, we cover every thing we do in prayer.
At JBY we believe having a spirit of grace, treating others with grace, and conducting ourselves with gracefulness, is imperative to the success of everything we embark upon. Grace is something that brings people and communities together verse tearing them apart. JBY is proud of the grace we bring into the world. Grace is the cornerstone of our character.
JBY believes in the power of positive energy. It fuels every aspect of our organization. Every man, woman and child is encouraged to bring positive energy into the room. Energy is alive and it transfers to one person to the next. JBY is charged by positive energy in every area of the organization. We simply do not accommodate negative energy.