Mission: Mission: Operation Jump Start helps low-resourced, high potential first-generation students get in, stay in, and graduate from a four-year college. We do this by providing academic support, mentoring, and exposure to a broader world.
Vision: Turning College Dreams Into Reality
Results: Among OJS graduates...
...100% graduate on-time from high school
...97% attend college immediately following high school graduation
...93% attend a four-year college or university
...89% of all OJS graduates have either earned a Bachelors degree or are still persisting in school!
Direct beneficiaries per year: 350+ low income youth from Long Beach, CA.
Geographic areas served: Long Beach, CA
Programs: Since 1994, OJS has provided the comprehensive resources and mentoring needed to enable youth in underserved communities to reach their full potential through a college education. Our organization has an established and successful track record of success in providing access to higher education for low-income students of color – a demographic group significantly underrepresented on four-year college campuses locally, throughout California, and across our nation. OJS serves between 250-350 youth annually – all Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) students, ranging from 13 to 23 years old.
Programs include: College Access Mentoring, College Start and College Success.
I have been a mentor and volunteer board member for more than 10 years with this organization. It truly helps students from underserved communities to beat the odds and get a college education. The organization has proven results for its programs. Where only 9% of low-income first generation youth get college degrees within 6 years of high school graduation nationally, (compared to about 85% of their high-income peers with a family history of college) OJS has a success rate of about 90% for its program graduates.