2018 Literacy Fair

We are part of a national early childhood education program, Jumpstart, that rigorously trains dedicated college students and community volunteers -- known as Corps members -- to serve preschool children in under resourced neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

We believe that every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her potential. As a mega-site, we send 80 undergraduate students each year into one of eight local low-income schools to work with preschool children toward the development of key skills for kindergarten. These skills include:

-Alphabet knowledge
-Meaning and use of print
-Phonemic awareness
-Rhyme awareness
-Vocabulary and comprehension


Each year, we bring the hundreds of local preschool children we work with , their families, and their teachers to our campus to join students, staff and community volunteers in fun-filled games and interactive activities. The 2018 Literacy Fair is always free to the public. This May 17, 2018, we expect to have more than 300 children, teachers, and family members join us. 

Your contributions to this campaign will directly support the following components of the 6th Annual Literacy Fair:
         1. Rental of space and facilities
         2. Books and supplies to implement over 13 literacy enrichment activities and games at the event
         3. Transportation for all children, families, and teachers to and from the fair.
         4. Healthy snacks for each of our Literacy Fair guests
         5. A gift bag for each child full of storybooks, toys, and school supplies
         6. Any excess donations will go towards creating family take-home literacy activity kits for our families to encourage extending the learning at home!

We are dedicated to promoting early education - and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Academically, children from low-income neighborhoods enter kindergarten 60% behind their more affluent counterparts. Sadly, most will never catch up. By the third grade, these children are less likely to read at the appropriate grade level, and down the road, are less likely to graduate from high school. This can lead to significant losses in employment opportunities and financial security, which ultimately damages the health and well-being of our communities.

We help to close this cycle of poverty.

Our Corps members confront these barriers by helping children build their language and literacy skills at an early age.

By the end of the academic year, children we work with have learned the alphabet, can write their names, and have developed the skills and confidence they need to begin reading.  They are better prepared for kindergarten and beyond. The annual Literacy Fair celebrates these early academic achievements and plants the seed that anything is possible – including one day becoming a college student!

While the program’s main goal is to prepare young preschoolers for success, our Corps members often find that their perspectives about the world around them, and their place in it, have been transformed. Pragmatically speaking, they are also in a better position to meet their own academic and career goals. Upon graduation, students find that the program provides a great addition to their resumes, giving them a competitive advantage in the career market. 


We appreciate your support of our 6th Annual Literacy Fair!!! We will use all of the proceeds to donated to the Literacy Fair!


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  • Sri Mag 
    • $20 
    • 36 mos
  • Ixsel Andrade 
    • $25 
    • 36 mos
  • Jephte Acosta 
    • $7 
    • 36 mos
  • Melissa Navarro  
    • $20 
    • 36 mos
  • Brenda Barraza 
    • $10 
    • 36 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Vanessa Zamora 
Los Angeles, CA
Jasmin Salas Vega 
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