Janine Yass

Janine Yass

Philanthropist and Founder of the Yass Prize and STOP Awards Initiative

Janine’s passion for education and opportunity for all students has made her a nationally recognized advocate, leader and philanthropist who focuses on meeting the education needs of underserved students. A founder of Boys’ Latin Charter School in West Philadelphia and founding board member of the Philadelphia School Partnership, Janine and her husband Jeff founded the STOP Awards – for Sustainable, Transformational, Outstanding and Permissionless Education – to reward education providers during Covid who went above and beyond for students. Now known as the Yass Prize to Transform Education, her mission is to ensure that every parent be given the ability to provide their students with individualized, 21st century educational opportunities and the power to make their own decisions about how and where their children are educated. In 2022, the Yass Prize will make awards totalling nearly $12 million to organizations who STOP for education. Janine holds a master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.

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