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A Nerdy Latina Teaching Latinx History on Outschool

 · October 13, 2021

We are so excited to announce our partnership with...

My inner niña would have LOVED to take so many of the courses offered on Outschool. This partnership is súper in alignment with our mission to center children's interests and needs in their lives. We believe wholly in self-directed enrichment opportunities and education that inspires and celebrates learning for our future ancestors.  We celebrated the launch of this partnership by speaking with Sara Youngbar, an Outschool teacher over on Instagram live recently and I am honored to introduce her below as she shares more about herself as well as her work with Outschool.  

Thank you Outschool and maestro Sara! 

—La Jefa, Leslie

Outschool and Latinx Parenting are working together to foster a love of learning and Latinx culture in your homes.


Hola! I’m Sara Youngbar. I am a former brick-and-mortar teacher and a stay-at-home mom since March 2018. I am grateful for spending so much time with my girls, but I missed teaching and wanted to make some money on the side. My eldest child was also getting more interested in school and interacting with others, so we decided to try Outschool. Today, I am going to share my experience using this website from a parent and teacher’s point of view!



What is Outschool?

Outschool is a community marketplace of online classes for students ages 3-18. Their focus is on small-group, live online classes, but they offer other class formats as well. In early March 2021, my oldest child and I started our Outschool journey. I took advantage of their free introductory webinar for parents to learn all the basics of Outschool, including how to find the right class, how to use Zoom during class, how to successfully prepare for class, and more! It was a game-changer!


Outschool Has High Standards

Privacy and security is huge for parents. Thankfully, Outschool contains a rigorous teacher screening process which includes a detailed application and background check. Outschool staff carefully reviews each class submitted by teachers before they are published to confirm its quality and adherence to Outschool's Class Content Policy. For more information related to safety, visit this link.


Having a Passion in the Class Topic Goes a Long Way!

As a new Outschool teacher, I wasn’t sure what subjects to focus on. My inner light bulb turned on one day during my umpteenth watch of Selena! I ran to my laptop, logged in to Outschool, and immediately started searching keywords such as “Latina”, “Latinx”, or “Latino”. No results came up. Looking back as a kid, I was disappointed in the lack of Mexican-American or Latinx representation in my social studies curriculum. With that in mind, I got to work and started researching my new topics and Outschool eventually approved my first Latinx class: Legendary Latinas. Fast forward to today, I now have thirty-five available classes on Hispanic Heritage and Latina/e/o/x history! It’s been a blast teaching kids about my idols and some amazing times in Latinx history that is rarely mentioned. It makes my heart soar seeing students' reactions and thoughts on the triumphs of Sonia Sotomayor and Ellen Ochoa, who faced amazing odds.


The Diversity and Variety of Classes Makes Outschool Stand Out

There will come a time where we as parents may feel stuck on how to approach certain social studies subjects such as the Civil Rights Movement or the Chicano Movement. Thankfully, Outschool can lend a helping hand in this situation. I have seen classes being offered on this platform that I wish I could have taken growing up! When my preschooler gets older, I can’t wait to sign her up for classes related to Asian American History or Indigenous Heritage! Latinx Parenting has a special offer right now where new accounts will earn $20 USD Outschool credits. Go claim that credit and sign your child up for a class!  Sara Youngbar is a Latina nerd, mom, writer, and virtual teacher on Outschool specializing in Latinx history. She loves watching anime, spending time with family, and eating sushi in her free time. Follow her on Instagram @superlatinanerd and check out instabio.cc/youngbar.
I never thought I would have this amazing opportunity teaching kids about my idols! (Frida doll is being used with permission from the Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild)
My preschooler taking the Preschool Math in Spanish for Advanced Speakers class.
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Where have your children guided you? What have you discovered by allowing them to be your teachers? ⁣

In Chancla Culture and in colonialist paradigms, children are to be seen and not heard, much less given the autonomy to lead the way. ⁣

Many of our power struggles come from our inability to allow them the small but powerful gift of their sovereignty. ⁣

Yes, boundaries and limits as we guide them are necessary, but many times there are ways that ALL of our needs can be met, if we are open to surrendering to all of the ways that we DON’T have to be in control. ⁣

This shit is the HARDEST. But it’s the work and the path we choose to walk as we decolonize our familias, keep relationship at the center, and, as best as we can, attempt to release rigid expectations and surrender control of the unique design and purpose of our children‘s unfolding. ⁣

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Community Platica: Sara Yungbar, teacher for OUTSCHOOL.com. In this Community Platica, Latinx Parenting kicks off our partnership with @outschool and we speak with one of their star 🌟 Maestras, @superlatinanerd Sara Yungbar and we talk about

•Sara’s journey to becoming an Outschool teacher
•Some of her favorite classes which include Little Latinitas which feature incredible Latina historical figures that are not often highlighted
•Outschool’s wealth of resources for anything and everything your children could possibly be interested in
•Her methods for keeping even little ones engaged during her classes

We’re also hosting a giveaway for 11 TICKETS to our A Mi Manera workshop November 20th, sponsored by @outschool

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Every time I hear someone who speaks broken English I admire that they know two languages (maybe more). I opted to learn French in high school and having Spanish fluency and literacy allowed me to pick it up quickly. Yes, they are European languages and there's grief that I don't know Raramuri (except for a few words and phrases) PERO I think it's awesome that language is a way that I can own that I am both de aqui Y de alla. ⁠

My mom migrated here at 14. My dad was a little older. Both of them speak in broken accented English, but I'm in awe that they learned a whole ass new language in a whole new country. ⁠

I admire their commitment to learning a new language and society. The courage to try to break out of what they know and communicate in a whole new way. It's pretty chingon. ⁠

Admiro quien son y lo que nos esta ensanando. Que nunca es muy tarde para aprender.⁠


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