Student Success is Powerful Fuel

By Giving List Staff   |   February 27, 2024
A student celebrates a WIN with their J3 reading coach

Finding Success – Where They Least Expect It

Sevan, newly arrived from Armenia, found himself in a California third grade classroom halfway through the school year, unable to read English at a kindergarten level. He didn’t know the alphabet and had trouble understanding two-step directions (such as “erase that and write on the next line”). Teachers mostly found him simply staring off into space. He was far behind his classmates,  and the lack of success was demoralizing. Without extra support, school was a place to feel increasingly frustrated, and he struggled to pay attention to material he couldn’t understand. 

Entering the 4th grade, without any progress, Sevan needed reading intervention, and J3 was ready to help. After only 10 in-school sessions, Sevan can now write simple words. His reading coach , Kim, shares: When he writes [a word] he spontaneously yells it out, “JET J-E-T!” and then throws his hands in the air and spins enthusiastically in a circle…he is SO PROUD to read simple books accurately.” Sevan has mastered several early reader books and is now excited to come not just to J3, but to his classroom as well. 

Kim, who coaches Sevan and other developing readers, shares in their joy. “It’s pretty incredible to see these kinds of successes happening so quickly!”

 The one-two punch of low skills and lack of confidence can double a child’s chances of future unemployment. J3 meets young readers where they are, teaching them fundamental skills that let them read and progress—and then celebrating their success. School becomes the place where they grow, learn, and enjoy every win. 

Another J3 reading coach, Kathy, is delighted to share her student Jonathan’s story: 

When he was sent to me for his assessment, the first words out of his mouth were, “I can’t read.” He was right; in the entire assessment, he was only able to read two words. 

He joined my intervention group, and after only 8 sessions he surprised me by announcing excitedly: “Miss Kathy, I can read 160 words now!”

After that, my little group started tracking our new words and celebrating every time we read 50 more words. 

I just love how this student, who could only read 2 words in the beginning, has become quite the mathematician, calculating how many new words we have at the end of each lesson. He’s so proud of his progress.

 He’ll say, “Miss Kathy, how many words did we learn in that lesson?!’ And this week, he came to me and exclaimed, “I could read math problems without Mrs. Ortiz!” They’re getting it. It’s working.

Kathy adds: “These kids – they might not have ever been celebrated academically. These are the kids who are not getting good grades, so they don’t get celebrated for this at home or school. But at J3, every win is a big win!” 

The Life-Changing Power of Literacy

Donors have helped J3 expand, and they’ve reached about 240 more students this year than last – but the demand for services is growing fast. The influx of students who read at drastically lower levels means J3’s crucial reading intervention program needs hundreds more lower-level reading books. Your support does more than buy books; it changes lives.

Donate today to join Sevan and so many more children in celebrating another win.

With your help, we learn and thrive!

J3 Foundation

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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,
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Key Supporters

LA Lakers Youth Foundation
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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