Watching her younger brother struggle as he started high school as part of a home schooling program, Nasiyah Isra-Ul went online to try and find resources to help him.
The Chesterfield County resident, who herself completed the home schooling program, found that resources, especially in history, social science and science, were not easy to find. And she’s heard from others in home schooling that they too have the same problem.
His solution: To create a place where home-schooled students and parents could easily find educational resources, get a personalized curriculum, get one-on-one counseling, and connect with others at homeschooling.
Now 18, a sophomore at Liberty University studying early childhood education and business, Ms. Isra-Ul dubbed her brand new online operation Canary Academy Online and adopted the tagline “Where learning takes off”.
Still developing the academy, Ms. Isra-Ul, daughter of Ma’asehyahu and Sharown Isra-Ul, offers it to home schoolchildren to test it out as she works to get it up and running year round. next.
His idea caught the attention of the National Society of High School Scholars, which awarded him a grant of $ 10,000 to support the development of the academy and its website, canaryacademyonline.org.
Ms. Isra-Ul is one of 10 adolescents from across the country to receive an inaugural grant from the Be More Fund of NSHSS, a scholarship and support group for young people founded in 2002 by James Lewis and Claes Nobel, a member of the family that created the Nobel Prize.
NSHSS commended her for coming up with an initiative to help home students connect with needed educational resources. Ms. Isra-Ul said the grant will allow her to integrate the school and help her work to get it started.
Other winners have focused on ideas ranging from producing biofuels to increasing bee populations, feeding the hungry, connecting people to mental health resources and tackling environmental issues.
Ms. Isra-Ul was selected after attending the NSHSS Be More-a-thon in which she and 39 other students presented their projects, according to Karen Kane, executive director of NSHSS. The winners were chosen on the basis of their presentation of a “creative and viable plan to make the world a better and fairer place”.