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Mission & History

Operation Jump Start: Mission Results

The first sentence in our Misstion Statement reads, "We help low-resourced, high-potential first generation students get in, stay in, and graduate from a four-year college."

We exist explicitly to support our scholars getting into college.

Throughout OJS' history, we have established a successful track record in providing access to higher education for low-income students – a demographic group significantly underrepresented on four-year college campuses locally, throughout California, and across our nation.

In fact, well over 300 of our scholars have gone on to attend a four-year university!

We say this not so much to impress but rather to impress upon our community how much great work YOU'VE done! It is because of the continued support of our community partners, generous individuals and corporate allies that OJS can continue to fulfill its mission.

Universities Attended by OJS Scholars:

...and this is only a partial sample!

In total, OJS Scholars have attended over 50 different colleges and universities across the country.

We are also very proud of our students who have pursued higher education here in our Long Beach community. In fact, CSU Long Beach and LB City College are two of our most popular destinations for our students.

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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