3515 Linden Ave #6, Long Beach, Ca 90807
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Our missionOJS's mission is to help under-resourced, first-generation students get in, stay in, and graduate from a four-year college. We do this by providing academic support, mentoring, and exposure to a broader world.

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Become a Mentor

We currently have the largest need for community members to become volunteer mentors! The mentor serves as a role model and friend to support students in reaching their full potential. This includes one-on-one time getting to know and building trust with your mentee; planning and attending enriching outings to enjoy together; and offering support as the student navigates their college planning.Many of our mentor/mentees forge truly meaningful bonds, maintaining their relationship long after the formal mentorship program ends! We even have multiple repeat mentors who have stayed with us for 5-10+ years because the program is so touching and life-changing. Please fill out the volunteer application linked here to express your interest and learn more!
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Virtual, Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you helpIf you're looking to get involved in your community, we've got just the right volunteer opportunities for you. Learn how YOU can make positive, life-lasting impact in the life of a Long Beach student.
About usSince 1994, OJS has provided the comprehensive resources and mentoring needed to enable youth in underserved communities to reach their full potential through a college education. Our organization has an established and successful track record of success 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. OJS serves between 250-350 youth annually – all Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) students, ranging from 13 to 23 years old.
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