Celebrating 50 Years of JEP

What started in 1972 with Barbara Seaver Gardner’s vision to unite people from the community and USC around the common goal of achieving high quality education for both USC students and the children in the surrounding campus community has since transformed the lives of more than 100,000 USC students and community members—making the Joint Educational Project (JEP) one of the largest and oldest service-learning institutions in the nation. 

Today we celebrate 50 years of USC students making an invaluable impact in the lives of children and families in USC neighborhoods. We also celebrate our USC students actively applying new knowledge with real-world consequence, problem-solving, working in diverse social settings, engaging in civic affairs, discovering potential career paths and pursuing careers to continue this work throughout their lives.

Expanding upon JEP’s core service-learning foundation, the needs served in the community currently include: reading and math tutoring through USC ReadersPLUS, an extensive suite of STEM Education Programs—the Young Scientists Program (YSP), the Medical STEM Program (MSP) and WonderKids, integrated mindfulness, meditation and literacy teachings in Little Yoginis, public interest law support in the Pre-Law Project, clinical service through Trojan Health Volunteers and most recently, studying the causes and current efforts to tackle homelessness in Los Angeles with the creation of the Understanding Homelessness through Service program.

This milestone would not be possible without you—our JEP Family. You've generously given your service, support and partnership and it is this unwavering commitment that will get us through the next 50 years!

We've planned an exciting year-long celebration and invite you to join the festivities and learn more about how you can participate and contribute.

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