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What We Do

We believe that every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her potential, but 63% of Southern California children do not read at grade level by third grade; by eleventh grade, 62% remain behind. Jumpstart intervenes early to help close the achievement gap by preparing children to begin kindergarten ready to learn, succeed in school, and graduate.

We recruit and train community members and college students from Southern California's top universities to support children and teachers in under-resourced preschool classrooms. Our results are extraordinary; Jumpstart children make tremendous language, literacy, and social-emotional gains, outperforming comparison groups for eleven consecutive years.

Basic Info

Number of Children Served: 1,803
Number of Corps members: 611
Number of Classrooms: 92
Number of University Partners: 9

Local Advisory Board

Brad Barrett Vice President, Capital Group Companies
Manuel C. Camargo, Jr. Principal Advisor, Strategic Planning, Southern California Edison
Sue Gaon Vice President of Custom Solutions, Lakeshore Learning Systems
Whit Hayslip Consultant, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
James Huang Principal and Founder, BRC Advisors, Inc.
Elizabeth Marcellino (Board Chair), Writer & Journalist

Board of Young Philanthropists

Calvin Chan, President, Chan Square Insurance & Financial Services
Jennifer L. Childress (co-chair), Senior Director of Development, Jumpstart
Kristen DeArman, Communications Consultant
Jenna Goddard, Senior Manager, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
Linna Loangkote, Attorney, Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Preetha Rajamani (co-chair), Investment Specialist Research Associate, Capital Group Companies
David Segura, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Giant Media
Ian Yanniello, Judicial Law Clerk, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Sponsors and Supporters

Strong partnerships with many industry-leading corporate, foundation, government and individual investors make our impact possible. Jumpstart in Southern California is pleased to have partnered with the following organizations:
The Allergan Foundation
American Honda Foundation
Bank of the West
Boeing Employees Community Fund
California Community Foundation
California Volunteers
Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
City National Bank
The Draper Family Foundation
Edison International
Ernst & Young
First 5 LA
The Frederick R. Weisman Philanthropic Foundation
Giant Media Corporation
Goldman Sachs
The Green Foundation
Hyatt Regency Center
The John & Nelly Llanos Kilroy Foundation
The JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation
The Lawrence Welk Family Foundation
MetLife Foundation
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Ronald McDonald House Charities
S. Mark Taper Foundation
Southern California Edison
The Tarsadia Foundation
USC Good Neighbors Campaign
Verizon Foundation
Vote. Give. Grow. 
The Weingart Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation


Southern California Volunteer Opportunities

June 20th (10am-5pm) 6th Annual All That Jazz and Family Game Day (View Park Library, Los Angeles)

Join local non-profits, public officials, and community members at the View Park Library, 6th Annual Jazz & Family Game Day in South LA.  Volunteers are needed to distribute free books, literacy resources, and help with games and activities during the event!

June 27th (9am-1:30pm) Fun in the Sun Summer Literacy Fair (Hoover Intergenerational Care, Los Angeles)

Jumpstart and Hoover Intergenerational Care are coordinating a summer literacy fair filled with arts, crafts, reading, writing, science activities, and much more! We need volunteers to manage stations, distribute free books, coloring sheets, and family literacy resources which support learning at home during summer break.   

RSVP for either of these events by emailing Marie Montoya

University/College Partners

California State University Dominguez Hills
California State University Fresno
California State University Fullerton
California State University Northridge
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College
University of California Irvine
University of California Los Angeles
University of Southern California
Whittier College

Early Education Partners

Anaheim City School District
Child Care Resource Center
Children's Bureau
Children's Institute
Conejo Valley Unified School District Neighborhood for Learning
Drew Child Development
Easter Seals
Hoover Intergenerational Care
International Institute of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Unified School District
Mar Vista Family Center
Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment
Plaza de la Raza
Salvation Army
Santa Ana Unified School District
Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District
St. Joseph Early Learning Center
University of Southern California Head Start
Volunteers of America Los Angeles

Contact Info

Alberto B. Mendoza
Regional Vice President & Executive Director
Los Angeles Office: 213.387.8485  Ext.208
San Francisco Office: 415.536.5867 Ext. 125

Atalaya Sergi
Deputy Director

Truyen Tran
Senior Program Director

Debbie Lieberman
Program Director

Nicole McNeil 
Site Support Manager
Rhea Triñanes
Development Associate
213.387.5506 Ext. 206
Marie Montoya 
Community Engagement Coordinator
213.387.5545 Ext 245

Site Staff

Amanda McLaughlin
Pepperdine University
Site Manager

Anthony Rivero
Pepperdine University
Site Manager

Christine Manley
Los Angeles Community Corps
Senior Site Manager

Danielle Watson
CSU Northridge
Site Manager

Holly Lopez
Whittier College
Site Director
562-907-4200 x4428

Jenessa Flores
The Claremont Colleges
Site Manager

John Harmon
UC Irvine
Site Manager

John Im
Los Angeles Community Corps
Community Corps Manager

Jo’ie Taylor
CSU Fullerton
Site Manager

Kortney Hernandez
UC Irvine
Site Manager

Kristina Hargreaves
Los Angeles Community Corps
Community Corps Program Associate

Maria Monarrez
Associate Site Manager

Neil Dion
CSU Fresno
Senior Site Manager

Sergio Pineda
CSU Dominguez Hills
Site Manager

Thea Quigley
Site Manager

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