VELA Selfies – Ignition Community Glass


Launched in 2014, Ignition Community Glass (ICG) is committed to advancing racial equity in the arts by exposing Chicago youth to the dynamic and therapeutic elements of glass making.

Learn more about Threefold Schoolhouse: Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

VELA Selfies – Threefold Schoolhouse, PA


Threefold Schoolhouse is a place where young people ages 4-14 discover their calling and change the world. The Pennsylvania-based microschool infuses technology with hands-on learning opportunities and experiences like apprenticeships and summer internships.

Learn more about Threefold Schoolhouse: Website | Facebook | Instagram

VELA Selfies – Memphis Lab School, TN


The Lab School is an innovative microschool located in the heart of Memphis serving ages 3-9 (PreK-4th grade). The school was founded by Coi Morrison, an educator, writer, and mom of four.

Learn more about Memphis Lab School: Website | Facebook | Instagram

Homeschooling from Coast to Coast

Grantee Spotlights

Karla Withrow and Alycia Wright are among the hundreds of VELA grant recipients — and millions of families in the U.S. — and who’ve elected to homeschool their children. VELA chose to make a video about Withrow and Wright to show what homeschooling in 2022 can look like, from one coast to another.

Learn more about Karla’s program, EarthChild Explorers

Learn more about Alycia’s program, Cultural Roots Homeschool Co-op

VELA Selfies – Seattle School for Boys, WA


Students at Seattle School for Boys engage in a project-based curriculum that accommodates individual learners, small groups, and large groups in collaborative inquiry. The microschool calls on brain science to deliver a developmentally appropriate curriculum to boys that is heavy on social-emotional learning opportunities.

Learn more about Seattle School for Boys: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

VELA Selfies – Logic Creative Labs, GA


Located outside of Atlanta, Logic Creative Labs bills itself as families’ “homeschool away from home.” They offer a huge range of quality classes for all ages as well as open studio hours in their maker space, art room, and science lab. As part of being a supportive place for homeschool parents and kids to work and learn, Logic Creative Labs also helps with transcripts and college preparation.

Learn more about Logic Creative Labs: Website | Facebook

VELA Selfies – Nova Labs, VA


Nova Labs encompasses after-school programs, a competitive youth robotics program, summer camps, adult classes, community events, and a small business incubator. Over 400 families have memberships, giving them access to the 3D printers, laser cutters, and other high-tech tools in one of the largest makerspaces in the country.

Learn more about Nova Labs: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr

VELA Selfies – Free Forest School, MN


Free Forest School has more than 200 local chapters in 49 states, and together they’ve created approximately 100,000 nature education experiences for students. Thanks to a bridge grant from VELA, the organization plans to expand its membership to at least 50,000 students with an emphasis on creating access to families living in lower-income and underserved communities.

Learn more about Free Forest School: Website | YouTube | Instagram

VELA Selfies – La Luz, CO


In Denver, a dozen Latino students attend La Luz, a bilingual mobile microschool. Tuition-free and funded entirely through grants and donations, La Luz immerses middle school-aged students in a six-week rotation of learning experiences at different locations.

Learn more about La Luz: Website 

VELA Selfies – GLOW Homeschoolers, SC


GLOW Homeschoolers in South Carolina does theater, cooking, farming, choreography, and more. GLOW Homeschoolers is fun!

Learn more about GLOW Homeschoolers: Website

VELA Selfies – Southeast Texas Educational Partnership, TX


In Port Arthur, Texas, parents pitch in to teach hands-on academic and enrichment classes and make athletic programs available to homeschooling students. This is Lighthouse Home School Support, part of the Southeast Texas Educational Partnership.

Learn more about Southeast Texas Educational Partnership: Website Facebook

VELA Selfies – EPIC Homeschool Network, GA


Andrea Hall is a former teacher who sought a more flexible educational option for her own children. She decided to create one. Welcome to EPIC Homeschool in metro Atlanta.

Learn more about EPIC Homeschool Network: Website | Facebook | Instagram

How Land-based Learning Supports Indigenous Students

Grantee Spotlights

VELA Meet the Moment grantee Indigenous Farm Hub puts Native people—and especially students—back in control of growing their own food through land-based learning.

Meet and follow Indigenous Farm Hub:

Their story | Facebook | Instagram

VELA Selfies – Mountaineer Homeschool Hub, WV


When Angie Channell launched the Mountaineer Homeschool Hub two years ago in Morgantown, West Virginia, eight families participated. Today, more than 35 take her homeschool co-op classes.

Learn more about Mountaineer Homeschool Hub: Website | Facebook 

Making STEM Skills Accessible to All Students

Grantee Spotlights

Rosa Aristy saw children from her community were underrepresented in #STEM fields. Her response? “I’m going to do something about this.”

Meet and follow Bridges to Science: Their story | Facebook | Instagram

Nature-based Education Brings Learning to Life

Grantee Spotlights

These parents didn’t like their children’s school options, so they decided to create their own. Green Gate Children’s School is a play-based micro-school, where both learning and life are interconnected.

Follow Green Gate Children’s School: Their story | Facebook

Carpentry Students Find Joy in Math

Grantee Spotlights

“Why do we have to know this?” Kids ask, and Wise Young Builders (WYB) answers. Its program isn’t about creating carpenters. It’s about developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and exposing kids to a wide world of careers.

Follow Wise Young Builders: Their story | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Teacher Supports Families’ Online Learning Challenges

Grantee Spotlights

“For students who may already be behind their peers, the coaching and resources we offer have helped families ensure that the gap for these kids hasn’t widened further during the pandemic.” – Isis Spann, Founder of Kindergarten Kounts and FUNdamentals of Learning.

Learn more: Their story | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Homeschool Meets Needs of Black Families

Grantee Spotlights

“This is an iconic moment for families. If schools won’t reinvent education, we have to reinvent it ourselves. And our goal at Engaged Detroit is to make sure families have the tools, so that choice is in their hands, because ultimately every parent wants their kid to be successful, successful and happy” – founder Bernita Bradley

Follow Engaged Detroit: Their story | Facebook

City & Nonprofit Team Up to Create Microschool

Grantee Spotlights

When the pandemic struck, local leaders in North Las Vegas teamed up with national experts to create a first of its kind public-private microschool. The model is working so well that talks are now underway to ensure the Southern Nevada Urban Microschool Academy (SNUMA) continues as an option for North Las Vegas families even after the pandemic ends.

Learn more about SNUMA: Their story

Science Brought to Life by Surfing & Skating

Grantee Spotlights

When skate parks and the oceans become science labs: Surf. Skate. Science. “We don’t just sit at a desk. It’s like recess and school mixed together, at the beach, or a skate park.” A VELA Meet The Moment production.

Follow Surf Skate Science: Their story | Facebook | Twitter

Homeschool Pod Grew Out of Necessity

Grantee Spotlights

Founded by educators during the pandemic, Zucchinis Homeschool Co-Op is supporting families to provide a quality learning environment.

Learn about Zucchinis Homeschool Co-Op: Their story