Dear Juni Community,
Over the past few weeks, we’ve learned first-hand from parents and students about the challenges families are facing amidst recent school closures. After hearing their stories, the entire Juni Learning team has been extremely committed to finding even more ways to help our community during this time.
Beyond offering online courses, we are now more dedicated than ever to become a reliable community resource that empowers parents with the guidance they need to facilitate their children’s learning. We also want to provide support to our instructors, the backbone of our academy, and other displaced college students at this time to the best of our ability. To achieve these goals, we have been working quickly behind the scenes to roll out new resources in response to these ongoing developments.
Following is a summary of some the new initiatives we are launching to help families:
1. Launching Juni Team Sessions
Starting today, Juni Learning will offer small group sessions through its academy. Sessions will be capped at a maximum of 4 students per class so that instructors can individually help each student, while still giving students the opportunity to collaborate in a social learning environment.
In these new Team Sessions, students will be able to interact with each other and a live instructor in the Juni Learner Portal. They can get help with projects, ask questions, and show others their work. Outside of Team Sessions, students will use the Juni portal to progress through videos and project-based content for their courses. New material unlocks as the instructors check student understanding and determine when they are ready for new topics.
This new, small group program is designed specifically for students ages 11+, and enables students to learn Python Level 1 or Python Level 2 without any prior programming experience. They simply need access to a PC or Mac, internet speed of at least 10mbps, and headphones. If students do not meet these requirements, we will work with parents to figure out alternative options.
Learn more here to get started.
2. $150,000 in Waived Tuition for Families of Hospital Staff
Right now, healthcare workers are facing the challenge of caring for their children while also working harder than ever. Offering tuition support for Juni Learning classes is just one small way we can support our front line heros in caring for their own children, so they can continue concentrating on ensuring the health of our communities.
Starting immediately and running over the next 12 weeks, we will supply up to $150,000 in free group plan tuition* for families of hospital staff working to combat the novel coronavirus. To learn more about this initiative, please read this blog post by our CEO, Vivian.
If you are currently on hospital staff and you would like to enroll your child or children in Juni Learning’s Team Sessions free of charge, please complete this form.
3. Doubling Our Instructor Hiring
To support university students now displaced from campus and looking for flexible, remote work, we are doubling our instructor hiring. For our current instructors, we are also working to add extended hours and find new ways to leverage instructors’ skill sets and passion for helping students.
If you know of any current university students or recent graduates looking for at-home work opportunities, and who have a strong passion for educating the next generation, we’re hiring for immediate start dates on our careers page.
4. School and Employer Partnerships
With many schools and afterschool programs being temporarily suspended, we are taking immediate action to make our programs more widely accessible. We are partnering with schools and employers to offer extended hours, free and reduced-rate classes, and access to our free Hackathon.
If you are a parent, school administrator, People Operations, or HR Manager interested in connecting your school or employer with us for a partnership, please complete this form.
5. Free Home Learning Resources for Kids
To help families looking for at-home education options, we will be updating this page with free kids learning activities and resources. Every week, we will share more free online resources from Juni and other educators on multiple subjects for various ages.
Our first week of content will focus on a free beginning coding series, for kids of all ages to get started on our intro to coding curriculum. In following weeks, we will then provide hands-on CS projects and solutions for kids to work on and cumulatively improve their coding skills. Other resources we will share include free math worksheets, video tutorials, DIY science activities, and more.
To receive our weekly free resources updates, please subscribe using our sign up form.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll continue to roll out more programs to support families in need of guidance during this time. Please stay tuned as we continue to update with more resources and steps we are taking to help our community. If you have any questions or would like to let us know of other ways we can help your family right now, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com.
Vivian and the Juni Team
*Tuition waivers will be distributed on a rolling basis until capacity is reached. Each student will receive a subscription to the Juni Learner Portal and credits for four Juni Team Sessions ($179 value) to ensure that as many students may benefit as possible. Students must be 11 years old and up and have access to a PC or Mac, internet speed of 10mbps or higher, and headphones. Students who do not meet these criteria will be directed to our other resources and options. Please note that we are working as quickly as possible to onboard this large influx of new students due to school closures, but may need to postpone some enrollment dates by 1-2 weeks based on volume. Our team is always here to answer questions as well at firstname.lastname@example.org.