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Operation Jump Start to celebrate the first generation of high school students – Press Telegram

By Vaseline May30,2024
Operation Jump Start to celebrate the first generation of high school students – Press Telegram

Children, family members and staff of the New Hope Grief Support Community enjoy a recent Family Camp. (Thanks photo)

Operation Jump Start has one mission: to make college a reality for low-income high school students and high-potential high school students.

Since 1994, the Long Beach nonprofit has been helping local youth by providing mentoring and support services needed for college admissions and success, according to its website.

And the organization will support this year’s graduates – made up entirely of low-income, first-generation college students from Long Beach – at its annual Scholars’ Day Celebration on Saturday, June 8, at the Long Beach Yacht Club.

The event recognizes 40 high school students who are the first in their families to attend college, allowing friends, parents, mentors and the broader Operation Jump Start community to celebrate together.

“Without a doubt, my experience with Operation Jump Start has been nothing short of amazing and perfect,” graduating senior Stalia Cerezo Perez said in a news release. “The guidance and support of exceptional mentors, advisors and a nurturing community have consistently inspired me to strive for my utmost potential.”

Over the years, the organization has encouraged hardworking students to stay on track and is proud of the determination of its students and families to achieve their higher education dreams.

The organization designed the annual celebration to highlight the achievements of these students in the face of adversity.

“Of the countless opportunities that Operation Jump State has provided, one of the best experiences was participating as a speaker at the National Conference Attainment Network (NCAN) 2021 Virtual Advocacy Week, which advocated for doubling the Pell Grant,” Perez said. “This opportunity allowed me to passionately advocate for an important cause and network with like-minded individuals, all thanks to the encouragement and support of Operation Jump Start.”

To learn more about Operation Jump Start and its mission to help local youth pursue higher education, visit

New hope long beach

New Hope Long Beach, a grief support nonprofit organization, will host a healing-focused family program called “Remember Me, Family Day” at Long Beach Church, 3707 Atlantic Ave., on Saturday, June 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. the spirit of the Disney movie ‘Coco’.

This free community event, sponsored by grants funded by the city’s Long Beach Recovery Act, is a space of healing and engagement through games, tacos, crafts, film screenings and other offerings, or offerings in honor of loved ones who have died.

Participants are encouraged to bring a 5-by-7-inch photo of deceased loved ones to display at the ofrenda. Photo frames will be provided so that participants can decorate their photos.

This community event is for all types of individuals and families who have experienced the death of a loved one, and according to the organization, all family members are encouraged to attend.

To RSVP for the event, visit To learn more about New Hope Long Beach and how it encourages grief navigation throughout the community, visit

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