CORE BLOCK 2021 (August 16 to November 28, 2021)

Where will this take place?
Launchpad’s Slack Workspace and Zoom

Who can join?
Young people, ages 17-22 who would like to be part of an interest-led learning community. We welcome homeschoolers, unschoolers, and those who are taking a break or gap year, especially during this global pandemic.

How does the Launchpad self-directed learning program work?
Launchpad is a 14-month program. Young people get to choose and join the classes they’d like to be part of based on their interests and career goals. They have the freedom to design their personal schedule around the classes they’ve chosen, so they’d also have time to collaborate with others and work on their passion projects and homeschool requirements (if they have a homeschool provider). When they join our classes they won’t be graded. The motivation to be part of a class is purely to learn and not to earn grades.

Each member is also paired up with a staff mentor for one-on-one sessions where they get to talk about how their classes and activities are going, what keeps them busy, what projects they’re working on, whatever direction they wish to take, and more.

What are the classes for the core block?

Scroll down to see the class descriptions

What are the fees?

Please note that the programs includes the following as well: 

  • 1 mentor-led community event (Saturday Social)
  • One-on-one or group sessions with masterclass mentors of choice (to be scheduled and depending on availability)
  • One-on-one mentoring sessions with staff mentors
  • Online learning resources

How does the membership process go?

  1. Once you’re ready to sign-up, click here and fill up our sign-up form.
  2. Expect an email to confirm your registration.
  3. Family meeting (for new members only)
  4. An invitation to our Slack workspace will be sent to you so that you can start to get to know the community through the non-class channels.
  5. Expect your invoice and our bank details via email.
  6. Once payment has been made (via online transfer or Paypal), please email us a copy of your proof of payment.
  7. After we’ve received a copy of your proof of payment, we will add you to your class channels on Slack.
  8. If you have any questions or clarifications about the program, you may email us at or call/text 0926 630 4287



Self-Directed Learning 101 with Owie Dela Cruz
Isn’t it ironic that there’s a class where you get to learn how to be self-directed? There’s a lot to learn about this way of learning but there’s also way more to unlearn!  

  • How different is the traditional method of learning in school compared to Self-Directed Learning using the North Star Model? 
  • What happens during the deschooling process? 
  • What adjustments can you expect? 
  • How can you maximize Self-Directed Learning to make it work for you, especially in this stage of your life? 

Explore all of these topics and more along with other learners who are on this journey with you.
Note: This is a once a month class (4 sessions)

Entrepreneurship with Cindy Wong
Starting a business? This course is for you! We’ll cover business concepts, business tools, systems, branding, marketing, financing and finally launching your business. Duration: 8 hours
Note: This class is from August to October 2021 (8 sessions)

Safety First facilitated by Mich Alagao, with different guest speakers
How can we maintain our physical, mental, and emotional safety in a post-pandemic world? What does it mean to create a safe space for yourself and others? Join us in this course as we meet people from different fields and with different life experiences as we explore the idea of safety for ourselves, our families, and our communities.
Note: This is from October to November 2021 (7 sessions)


Spreadsheets for Newbies with Ericho Fuentes
This is a course on the practical uses of spreadsheet software such as Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel. Basic concepts of statistics and mathematics will be integrated in the course. 

Home Management 101 with Julie Rohrer
From a spark-joy-kind of organizing, to trying out new, healthy but yummy recipes, to repairing simple electronics, and to even building her own furniture, Julie believes that power tools and tool boxes are not just for guys and managing a home is not just for girls. 

Homemaking is for everyone and it can be a lot of fun! Julie believes that the first step in setting yourself up for success in the world starts with creating a home that you absolutely love — because it’ll love you back.

Hero of My Story with Tanya Aritao
This class is for students who are curious about their potential, want to know themselves deeply, or need a guided approach to discovering their personal vision.

The course draws from the approaches of design thinking, systems thinking, action learning, and coaching; to build individual self-awareness, confidence, and direction. In the course of our sessions you will also gain skills in peer coaching and self-expression.

By the end of the course, you will have a clear personal vision, a data and experience driven understanding of yourself, and a plan of action for the next stage of your personal and/or professional development. 

Indie Publishing the Write Way with Cindy Wong
In this class, we’ll talk about the ever-evolving industry of self-publishing in the Philippines. This course comes with a workbook that tackles tools and clearer how-tos in getting your written work out to the world.
Note: This is from August to October 2021 (8 sessions)

More than #OOTD — Style and Substance facilitated by Mich Alagao, with different guest speakers
Get some tips on how to develop your own personal style, learn how to dress for specific occasions (and weather), select the best wardrobe for your budget and lifestyle, and start developing your own capsule wardrobe. 
Note: This is from October to November 2021 (7 sessions)

Personal Branding  with Cindy Wong
Your personal brand can bring plenty of benefits not only to your business, but also to your career. This course will cover how you can work on your personal branding and use it to your advantage.
Note: This is a once a month class (4 sessions)

No classes: Self-Directed Study Day


Math Gym with Ericho Fuentes
The Math Gym is an asynchronous learning program for senior high school mathematics. The students will be given a flexible and customized study plan, access to the Math Gym’s learning materials, and weekly consultation sessions to assess their progress. Senior high school topics such as trigonometry, pre-calculus, statistics, and combinatorics will be offered in Math Gym.

Your Best Voice Ever with Ron and Joyce Titular
If you’ve always wanted to: 

  • have a more resonant voice
  • speak more clearly and more confidently
  • be listened to and understood by people
  • feel more comfortable speaking in public

… And if you simply wished that you could love your own voice — then this workshop is for you!

Connecting with Your Creative Voice with Tanya Aritao
We are all creative. As we get older and go through school and other experiences, sometimes our creative voice can drown, weaken, or feel lost.

In this class we will jump into exercises and challenges that spur creativity and self-discovery. The course combines live creative ‘studio’ work with independent exploration beyond the group sessions. 

You will leave this course with a deeper understanding of your creative voice and how to use it to ground and strengthen your work in any industry, “creative” or not. 

(You may choose your primary creative medium and build your portfolio during the course.) 


How to Adult (with Money) with Ailene Molina
Adulting, like Mondays, often gets a bad rep as being the bad guy in our daily lives. But what if it’s possible to get some preemptive advice from real life failures so you don’t fall into the crippling cycle of despair around adulting? What if adulting and money are actually tools you can wield to get the best life? 

Safe and Sound with Julie and Paul Rohrer
An online mental health support group. Safe & Sound is a mental health advocacy called to create safe and sound spaces by supporting others, speaking truth and sparking hope. For more info, please visit 

Friday Night Rights with Mich Alagao
How can you protect your original work? What happens if a client does not follow the contract? What are some of your rights as an employee? A freelancer? A human being? 

Everyone has rights (and responsibilities) but not everyone knows what these are. So each week, we’ll be looking at different types of rights regarding different situations in life and the workplace. 


Beyond emojis: Why Business Communication Matters with Donna Patricia Manio
Writing emails, cover letters, sponsorship proposals, and project pitches don’t have to be a snoozefest! In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of business writing  and how it can help you stand out in the professional world. By knowing how to write effectively, you can nurture connections, build bridges, and get your ideas across to achieve your goals. 

Get it done! Project Management 101with Hanna Guison Fernandez
Launching your own YouTube channel? Applying for jobs? Planning a party? What do all these have in common? For all of these to go smoothly, proper planning and resource management are required. Working on seemingly regular “tasks” actually requires proper project management skills.

This course will provide students with an introduction to the project management framework. At the end of the sessions, students will have learned the basic processes, competencies and tools needed to ensure smooth project execution.