JBY Academy is a new creative arts and academic enrichment program; designed with African-American children in mind. As well as, homeschool children. The program is based in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania (Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown, Nazareth). However, for parents outside of the area; who wish to register their child for the program, we offer virtual participation via SKYPE or GOOGLE DUO.
JBY Academy created by a Mom (Mahogany Reynolds, homeschool educator) and her son (DJ, aspiring filmmaker).
JBY Academy was born out of a calling to create a unique program for children of color to express themselves creatively. And, for them to learn and celebrate the rich history, contributions, and accomplishments of African-Americans. The program also teaches children African studies with enriching lessons that go beyond the narrow schism of slavery; that is often taught in traditional school books, but exposes the child to the vast history of the great continent of Africa, and it's contributions to the world we live in.
JBY Academy is a faith-based program, but we welcome all families, so long as they agree to be in alignment with the 5 Core Values of Just Be You Performing Arts. The program is open to all families who share a common interest in enhancing a child's exposure and knowledge of African-American history and culture.
There are no membership dues. And, unlike most homeschool co-ops/groups in the area, there is no rigid or demanding volunteering requirements. Parents have the option to drop-off or stay and participate.
Parents are asked to give a love offering/suggested contribution to help cover the expense of running the program, which is free for kids grades 3rd to 5th.
Parents who are interested in participating should contact us here via the website and information will be given for the date and location of our next monthly meetup.
The goal and vision of JBY Academy is to develop a program that is culturally rich and empowering. There is a serious void in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania; for a program that offers what JBY Academy strives to provide the community at large. This is especially true in the homeschool co-op community; that fails to fully incorporate activities, programs, and lessons, that regularly teach homeschoolers about the contributions African-Americans and the continent of Africa has made to the world.
JBY Academy aims to provide a service; primarily in the homeschool community, for African-American families who often feel their culture is not fully included in the curriculum offered by most homeschool co-ops, or homeschool hybrid schools in Lehigh Valley.
JBY Academy will also feature contemporary, mainstream activities, in the performing arts, visual arts, public speaking, fine arts. In the spring of 2020, we will host a family event, where students can showcase all they have learned throughout the year, during a festive celebration and talent showcase.
JBY Academy's founder is award-winning actress, former teacher, and homeschool educator of a curious 3rd grader, Mahogany Reynolds. www.mahoganyreynolds.com
JBY Academy, while having a love of Africa and African-American culture, is all-inclusive. The program is open to all families with a shared interest in exploring the dynamic contributions African-Americans have made to the arts, sciences, music, and much more!
Space is limited so RSVP today!
JBY Academy plans meets once a Month from November 2019 to June 2020