J3 Foundation: Reconnecting with the Community

By Giving List Staff   |   July 31, 2023

More than 4,000  Angelenos stroll through Pick Pico’s Street Fair on a sunny spring Sunday. 

After a two-year hiatus, Pick Pico is back and J3 Foundation has joined in the community fun.

Jazz music and Crystal Starr’s soulful voice fill the air as the grounds bustle with local artists, organizations, and restaurants tempting with delicious whiffs of pizza and pastry sweets. There are dogs and cats to adopt, and even a walk-in tent filled with butterflies. 

In a cozy corner under J3’s shady tent, face-painted kids gather on a rug for story time. Volunteers read books from J3’s Cozy Reading Club – the nonprofit’s free literacy program for kids in underserved neighborhoods only a few miles away.

As booth visitors spin the wheel for prizes and the kids dig into the candy bowl, Bobbie Boggs (J3’s Director of Operations) chats with locals about their mission to combat childhood illiteracy. 

52% of fourth graders are reading below grade-level in Los Angeles. Kids from low-income neighborhoods are struggling the most due to educational inequalities, made worse since the pandemic. 

These are the kids that J3 serves, and many locals are asking how they can help. 

The J3 staff tells them that just down the street, Westwood Charter Elementary has partnered with J3 as a “sister school.” Through fundraisers and book drives, students from high-resource schools like WWC help get books into the hands of other kids less fortunate than them. 

That’s the power of uniting the community, and what J3 and Pick Pico are all about. 

Donate or reach out today to J3 Foundation if you belong to a school or organization that can help J3 move the needle on educational inequality. 

Multi-Emmy award-winning journalist and acclaimed local children’s author Naibe Reynoso inspires the crowd with her reading of “Courageous Camilla”.
Acclaimed Local Children’s Author Erika Lewis poses with J3’s Director of Operations, Bobbie Boggs-Miller.
The J3 Team is about to encounter a steady crowd lining up to spin the wheel and read books at their booth!
Program Coordinator Arthur Scott captivates a crowd of pint-sized fairgoers with one of J3’s engaging books.
The booth was hopping with folks interested in how they could get involved in J3’s literacy program.
A child finds a quiet moment to dive into one of J3’s captivating books.
Co-Founders Joe Blackstone and Jamie Mohn stopped by to lend a hand.
We couldn’t have done Pick Pico without their amazing staff! Huge thanks go out to Lisa Waltz, Jae Wu, and the rest of the 2023 Pick Pico Crew!
Both a J3 Aide and Compton parent at Watts Learning Center, James Young is having a blast with our booth visitors.
J3 Foundation’s carefully curated, diverse and engaging book collection drew interest at the fair.
We’re grateful for all of the planning that went into the entire fantastic Pick Pico event!
Family and community come together here! Senior Program Director Stacee Longo’s daughter reads aloud to the engaged children gathered near.
J3’s Director of Operations, Bobbie Boggs-Miller thanks local author, Erika Lewis for her passion and participation in the event.
J3 gave away a beautiful collection of books graciously donated by children’s author and activist Karen Winnick, The pre-release (!!!) of Erika Lewis’ “Kelcie Murphy” series, and Wireless JBL headphones to lucky donors.

J3 Foundation

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(310) 924-2422
Director of Operations: Bobbie Boggs-Miller

Matching Funds — $1,500 Funds a Young Reader

One of the reasons J3 Foundation has been so effective is that it’s stayed laser focused on what it does best: teaching kids to read. The Cozy Reading Club anticipates serving 700+ students this year and J3 hopes to double that number by attracting more private donations. Creating a new reader who will grow up to be a positive contributor to society costs the organization just $1,500 annually.
“I think it’s the best $1,500 we as a society could ever invest,” says Joe Blackstone, J3 Foundation co-founder. “And that number will go down as we get more students.”
Glaser Weil will match every dollar raised, up to $10,000.


To equip 4th grade scholars with the skills, habits, confidence, and book access they need for a lifetime of reading success

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I appreciate J3 for the organization’s commitment to doing everything possible when it comes to reading proficiency. It’s rewarding to see your dollars make an impact immediately. J3 Foundation is so well run that I don’t have to think twice about the actual support that’s being implemented. The rate they’re scaling is just amazing. J3 sees every child’s potential and never gives up on its mission.
– Carron Brown
J3 Advisory Board Member Vice President of Strategy,
Planning and Operations: Warner Bros. Discovery

Key Supporters

LA Lakers Youth Foundation
Warner Bros-Discovery: BOLD
CTBC Bank Corporation
Glaser Weil LLP
Armanino LLP
Barry Family Foundation
Joel & Sherry McKuin
Humberto & Maria Gray
The Book Foundation
Ocean Direct
Jeffrey & Nicole Westheimer
Bob & Karina Matuszak