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About Samaschool

Samaschool operated from 2013 to 2020, training low-income people to find and secure independent work.

Samaschool trainees have used freelancing to generate supplemental income, advance their careers, and create the lifestyle they desire.

Skills

Freelancers develop occupational and soft skills by working for real clients.

Experience

Freelancers build their resumes by accumulating a portfolio of successful projects.

Income

Freelancers can earn supplemental income to improve their financial security.

Flexibility

Freelancers can create a flexible work schedule that accommodates their other priorities.

Confidence

Freelancers can build confidence by successfully completing paid projects.

Connections

Freelancers build their professional networks by working for a wide range of clients.

Samaschool alumni

Samaschool trained thousands of people to succeed as freelancers and leverage independent work to achieve their long-term career goals. 

Kay

New York City

"It was so much easier than expected! I have a full-time job, but continue to do gigs within the mile radius and times I choose, and focus on things I want to get better at."

Kristy

San Francisco

“I truly am happy and amazed that I've been able to do this work successfully for 10 months now...Samaschool put the idea in my head and gave me the tools to make it happen."

Josue

New York City

“Samaschool taught me to be strategic about freelancing. To really look at the skills and connections I have and utilize them. The opportunity is there, you might just not know about it yet.”  

Alex

Oakland

“Gig work gives me exposure to lots of different tasks. I’m now able to land jobs I wasn’t able to get before because of lack of experience. I can pick jobs to get me where I want to be in my career.” 

LaQuan

New York City

“Samaschool taught me to be paid what I was worth, and asking for it. It’s something I’ve long struggled with, but I’ve learned to be confident in my skills and expertise. Now, my aspirations and goals are attainable, independently.”

Grace

San Jose

“I’m very thankful for Samaschool, because now I am the one choosing the gigs, the employers, and the times I can work—which is incredibly important as a single parent.”  

Outcomes

Income

U.S.-based Samaschool trainees who engaged in independent work reported earning an average of $21 per hour and $9,000 over the course of 5 months.

$21
average hourly earnings of U.S. Samaschool students

$16

NYC

$26

SF Bay Area

Average Gross Hourly Earnings 

$22,000
annualized earnings based on 5-month earnings

Skills development

Samaschool trainees reported improvements across a number of skill categories essential to independent work and transferrable to conventional employment.

Personal Branding

71%

reported improvement in personal branding

Professional Communication

72%

reported improvement in professional communication 

Time Management

68%

reported improvement in time management

Customer Service

59%

reported improvement in customer service

The Leila Janah Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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