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Jumpstart's Springtime Gala

The Jumpstart Board of Young Philanthropists recently celebrateed the organization in an event hosted by David Segura, CEO of Giant Media. We celebrated literacy, enjoyed appetizers and cocktails, and took in the spectacular views of Los Angeles at sunset from the rooftop terrace at the L'Ermitage.



Thank You to Our Sponsors and Partners

Media Sponsor: Destination Luxury

A special thank you to Tendaji Lathan, Will Gordon, and Surf Air.

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



Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the largest literacy event in the country, hosting more than 150,000 children and families each year. Jumpstart, in partnership with First 5 Los Angeles is hosting the reading garden, where Jumpstart volunteers will read to children in both English and Spanish.

Volunteers are welcome! Please contact Rhea Triñanes at or 213.387.5545.

Location: University of Southern California
Date: April 12-13, 2014| 10:00am - 6:00pm (both days)

Hooray Library!

Hooray Library! is an ongoing reading program designed to promote family involvement, early literacy preparedness, and to celebrate literacy in the community as an extension of the Jumpstart curriculum in the classroom. Founded in 2010 by Jumpstart Corps members at California State University Northridge, this program continues to empower the children and their families with resources, strategies and confidence to bring literacy home.

Please see below for upcoming Hooray Library! events. Volunteers are welcome! Please contact Rhea Triñanes at or 213.387.5545213.387.5545.

Location: Panorama City Branch Library: 14345 Roscoe Blvd., Sun Valley, 91352
Date: May 17, 2014 | 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location: Panorama City Branch Library: 14345 Roscoe Blvd., Sun Valley, 91352
Date: May 31, 2014 | 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location: Van Nuys Branch Library: 6250 Sylmar Ave., Van Nuys, 91401
Date: June 14, 2014 | 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location: Pacoima Branch Library, 13605 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, 91331
Date: June 21, 2014 | 11:00am - 12:30pm

Dia de los Niños, Boyle Heights
Jumpstart, in partnership with the Los Angeles Housing Authority and Kids Progress, Inc. is hosting a fun event for families featuring themed areas where children can engage in a variety of activities and learn about the importance of early literacy. There will be four themed areas at the event for children to explore: Fine Arts, Community Helpers, Health and Fitness, and Family.

Volunteers are welcome! Please contact Rhea Triñanes at or 213.387.5545213.387.5545.

Location: Estrada Courts Public Housing Community, 3232 Estrada St. Los Angeles, 90032
Date: May 17, 2014 | 10:00am - 1:00pm

An Evening to Benefit Children

The Jumpstart Board of Young Philanthropists invites you to an evening to benefit Jumpstart hosted by David Segura, CEO of Giant Media. Join us as we celebrate literacy, enjoy appetizers and cocktails, and take in the spectacular views of Los Angeles at sunset from the rooftop terrace at the L'Ermitage.

Location: Rooftop Terrace at L'Ermitage, 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills
Date: May 21, 2014 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
For questions about the event, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jennifer Childress at 310.363.2681 or

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
Executive Director

Atalaya Sergi
Deputy Director

Jennifer Childress
Senior Director of Development

Truyen Tran
Senior Program Director

Debbie Lieberman
Program Director

Nicole Rouse
Regional Operations Coordinator

Juan Gutierrez
Program Associate

Rhea Trianes
Community Engagement Coordinator

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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