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Operation Jump Start

  • Operation Jump Start
  • 3515 Linden Ave.
  • Long Beach, CA 90807
  • (562) 988-2131
  • 1994

Program Description

Operation Jump Start is a Long Beach community based organization dedicated to equipping disadvantaged Long Beach youth with the skills and vision necessary to graduate from high school and go on to higher education in order to realize their potential through a college education.

Operation Jump Start assists these children by providing each child with a dedicated volunteer mentor who promotes academic persistence and encourages post-secondary education. We assist disadv antaged students beginning in 8th grade and continuing through high school graduation - a period of five years!

What We Do Works!

Despite dismal high school graduation rates in the greater Long Beach area, Operation Jump Start graduates defy the odds:

  • 100% Graduate from high school
  • 98% Attend college immediately after high school
  • 81% of college entrants attend a 4-year college or university

By providing over 360 hours of dedicated individualized services to each vulnerable child through crucial programming and long-term support from a mentor, Operation Jump Start motivates students for higher education, increases self-confidence, cultural sensitivity and a sense of belonging and participation in their community. Our programs include:

  • Educational Workshops
  • College Tours
  • Cultural Activities
  • Newsletter Program
  • Computer Donation Program
  • Individual Case Management
  • Scholarship Program
  • Leadership Development
  • Social Work Services
  • On-going Mentor Training
  • Social/Physical Events
  • Tutoring Program in our on-site Learning and Resource Center

    Services Provided

    • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
    • Arts and cultural
    • Career exploration and counseling/internships
    • College admissions guidance and counseling
    • College fairs/campus visits
    • College transition and retention support
    • Community service/service hours
    • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
    • Leadership development
    • Mentoring
    • Other
    • Parent/family services
    • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
    • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 21%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 39%
  • African American: 14%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 60
  • Middle School: 100
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 20
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • More than 75%