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College Access

College Access

The College Access Program equips students in grades 8th - 10th with social and emotional support, resources, opportunities, and a pathway to get into college. This is done through individualized academic advising, intervention, and mentorship. College Access currently serves 75 students annually. 

Our students are matched with a mentor beginning in the 8th grade and continuing for the next three years to provide guidance and support based on his or her unique developmental needs. Mentors will provide academic support, encourage academic achievement, assist students in improving interpersonal relationships, such as with teachers and family and provide students with assistance in choosing a career path.

College Access provides students the opportunity to engage in free tutoring services, educational workshops, social and cultural events, scholarships, college tours and more! 

Parents of students are also provided with new capabilities to create environments for their student to academically thrive. College Access students discover their full potential and enjoy an increase in confidence.

College Access at a glance:

  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Academic Advising
  • FREE tutoring and SAT prep
  • Educational Workshops
  • Social Events
  • Cultural events
  • College Tours
  • Fun Monthly Activities & MORE!
  • Scholarships to assist with the costs of attending college or university
  • Cost: FREE!

Student Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in 8th-10th grade
  • GPA: 3.0 and above
  • Must be a future first-generation college student*
  • Optimism about your future

*Operation Jump Start defines first-generation college student as the first individual in their immediate family to attend and thereafter graduate from a college or university.

OJS graduates attend or have attended some of the following universities:

  • University of California: Berkeley, Merced, Davis, Santa Barbara, and Irvine
  • California State University: Long Beach, San Diego, Humboldt, Chico, East Bay, Dominguez Hills, Sacramento, and San Luis Obispo
  • Smith College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Kalamazoo College
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Spelman College
  • Boston University
  • Chapman University
  • Utah Valley University
  • Northwestern University

Click here to apply to our program.

The Power of OJS Through 25+ Years

  • Students Served Since 1994


  • One-on-One Mentoring Hours


  • Scholarships Awarded


  • College Graduation Rate


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