We are incredibly honored to announce that we are the YASS Prize Winner of the 2022 STOP Award for Sustainability! We cannot express enough gratitude to the Yass Family for their support in growing Oakmont Education’s vision to change lives and positively impact our communities by transforming under-resourced opportunity youth into responsible, educated, and skilled contributors to society.
Among 2700 applicants, Cris Gulacy-Worrel, our VP of Advocacy and Development, and Dr. Jerry Farley, our VP of Career Technical Education worked tirelessly for 6 months to impress Oakmont’s goals upon the founders of the YASS foundation’s STOP Awards. Thank you to Cris & Jerry for all that you do to help Oakmont flourish!
The Yass Prize for Sustainable, Transformational, Outstanding, and Permissionless Education (STOP) is a $1 Million prize to transform education. This award highlights education providers that strive to offer Sustainable, Transformational, Outstanding, and Permissionless (STOP) education. The $1 million Yass Prize was awarded to Arizona Autism Charter Schools and the STOP Awards initiative also distributed over $10 million to honor the other education innovators, providers, and entrepreneurs through the course of the competition, and Oakmont Education was thrilled to be amongst such incredible education innovators! Each finalist will receive $500,000 for their incredible education innovation. We are humbled to be in such great company!
With the award money, Oakmont Education’s charter school network serving students in 12 cities, will deploy our STOP Award toward the expansion of additional pathways with an emphasis on recruiting non-traditional learners, such as women in the skilled trades and men in healthcare, to help students to realize their unique dreams and desires. Winning this STOP Award will help increase our efforts to support youth to develop the skills and confidence needed to navigate the adult world and in turn, expand their opportunities to engage in hands-on workforce experience opportunities out in the community.
We want to thank The Center for Education Reform and Forbes for their support of the YASS and STOP Awards. It is because of the support of organizations like theirs that we are able to have these monumental opportunities.
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