CONGRATULATIONS to the 1st Annual Building Hope Summit & Awards WINNERS!

Building Hope could not be more inspired by the amazing charter schools who are models of Community Engagement, Student Empowerment & Educational Innovation. These charter schools lead the way in serving students and communities with unique and effective educational programs.

We are also honored to spotlight three extraordinary charter school volunteers, who are contribute their love and light to creating vibrant communities for families across the country.

Our finalists, semi-finalists, and honorable mentions are all linked below. Please take a moment to visit them to appreciate the great work they do on behalf of public charter school students. Each one is unique, but they all serve their communities with dedicated excellence.

We want to thank charter schools, their leaders, and their volunteers, who are building hope for a better future each and every day.

Our 2nd Annual BH IMPACT Summit & Awards applications will be available in Fall of 2022. Please click here to sign up for early notifications.

Community Engagement Winners

Community Engagement is key for a charter school to thrive. Engaging families in the work and serving family needs supports each student’s success. Bringing in resources from outside the school family and sharing the gifts and resources of the school with the neighborhood for the benefit of the whole community are other hallmarks of our three winners.

Common Ground High School

358 Springside Ave.
New Haven, CT 06515

Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School

1580 Dean Street
3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Legends Academy

3032 Monte Carlo Trail
Orlando, FL 32805

Student Empowerment Winners

Student Empowerment is at the core of every great school, but our three winners are laser-focused on giving their students the tools they need to succeed in school and in life. When a student is supported and their voice heard, it is the key that unlocks their potential. Students who are empowered lead the way to the future.

Richard Wright Public Charter Schools

475 School Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

Prospect Hill Academy Charter School

50 Essex Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Palm Beach School for Autism

8480 Lantana Road
Lake Worth, FL 33467

Education Innovation Winners

Educational Innovation is critical to be able to support students with education that prepares them for an ever-changing world. The ability to adapt effectively and create programs that serve the unique needs of students, the hopes and dreams of a community, and the future of education defines our three winners in this category.

Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy

8008 83rd ST NW
Maple Lake , MN 55358

Genesee Community Charter School

657 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14607

Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School

1023 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Shellie-Ann Braswell Shine Brighter Award Winners

Shellie-Ann Braswell Shine Brighter Award winners demonstrate a true commitment and ability to lead with love. Volunteers are often the backbone of a charter school’s culture and family engagement, and it takes leaders who are both doers and dreamers to bring people together for the common cause of improving the lives of our children.

Dominque Moore, E.L.

Haynes Public Charter School

4501 Kansas Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20011

Sabrina Payne

Pi STEM Academy

2275 W Hubbard Rd
Kuna, ID 83634

Shawna Thissen

Promesa Academy

603 Merida
San Antonio, TX 78207

Thank you for supporting Community Engagement, Student Empowerment & Innovative Education!

We will film the deep-dive sessions with all the finalists on each of the categories. This content will be available to all the charter schools across the country through our upcoming BH Connect online community platform.

Please check back in late June, or sign up here to be the first to join the conversation.

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”

~ Dalai Lama


MCN Build was founded in in 2007 with the sole purpose of making a difference in the communities where we live, serve, and build. The firm focuses on education, community, health and housing, and creating economic opportunity in communities. MCN has built more than 6 million square feet of educational space and created 1,000+ local jobs. Through their MCN Build Foundation, they have supported more than 110 local and 20 international non-profits and have donated more than $3M to philanthropic efforts.

Risk Strategies

Risk Strategies take a specialist approach to keep charters ahead of risk. They are innovators and problem solvers. Their team has expertise across all leading industries, deep risk management and insurance experience, and are passionate about charter’s success. Committed to diversity and inclusion, they support communities through the RSC Foundation, and have been recognized by Business Insurance as one of the Best Places to Work.

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The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. Public charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. For more information, please visit

The National Charter Schools Conference (NCSC) by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is where the movement meets as the largest national gathering of educators, advocates, and leaders in the charter community. It is where you connect with people, resources, and expertise that empowers and inspires your work. With nationally recognized experts, content curated specially for the sector, and a focus on collaboration, NCSC offers the best learning experience for those shaping K-12 education. For more information, please visit


Through charitable sponsorships, PNC supports education and community and economic development, which includes the arts, culture and financial education. They sponsor activities and initiatives where our employee volunteers, community leaders, local clients and residents can together drive success. PNC often takes a unique approach to sponsorships, analyzing opportunities for their community impact and sometimes bringing together community-based organizations for the first time to help drive strategic outcomes. Their successful collaborations continue to result in measurable success.


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