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"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!"
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our hybrid homeschool community for the 2021-2022 school-year.
Our homeschool community will celebrate diversity!
Let's face it, life has changed for everyone due to the pandemic. As such, we want to make things easy for our families. 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. Due to Covid-19 our classes will be taught virtually using Zoom. But, we realize that children benefit from socialization. As such, regular in-person meetups in Easton, Pennsylvania are in the works. Plus, fun field trips and kid's clubs!
We are in the process of securing a location for the in-person meetups and will follow all covid-19 policies; such as, wearing masks and social distancing.
We decided not to use the word "co-op" in the description of JBY Academy, because we don't want the families to just cooperate. We want to build a COMMUNITY. That being said, JBY Academy is a Homeschool Community. Because the word Community signifies harmony, diversity and unity. Something that many traditional homeschool co-ops lack. It's time for a change.
Interested families please contact us via email. We are excited to launch JBY Academy and fill a void in the homeschool community of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. This includes the state of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To learn more about JBY Academy please scroll down and read about how awesome this program is. We truly look forward to providing a service to the homeschool community.
Thank you for your interest in JBY Academy!
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.
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 coming in the fall of 2021 is underway. The plan is to offer a variety of virtual classes; as well as, bi-weekly in-person meetups in Easton, PA. Once the space is secured all interested parents will be notified directly.
JBY Academy does not have a rigid or demanding volunteering requirement. However, parents will have many opportunities to volunteer and teach a class if interested. We will function as a community with a mindset of unity, harmony, and fellowship.
Whenever we meetup in person, parents have the option to drop-off or stay and participate. Full social distancing and covid-19 safety precautions will be in place for any in-person meetup. Masks will be required. No exceptions. Children will be spaced 6-feet apart when working at tables. Parents will be required to bring their children's own art supplies and writing supplies to limit the sharing of items. We may also conduct temperature checks. The safety of the students and families are a TOP PRIORITY and all registered participants will be expected to respect and abide by our protocols. No exceptions.
Parents with any questions we'd love to talk with you. We are scheduling phone conferences with interested parents. Please email us to schedule yours! email@example.com
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. 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.
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.