Operation Jump Start Legacy Continues to Grow

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For the fifth year in a row, the Operation Jump Start graduating class will include a Posse Scholar. But that’s only the beginning of the legacy. This year’s Posse Scholar is Panny Seng – the third in her family to graduate from Operation Jump Start, and the third in her family selected for this prestigious award.

The Seng Sisters came to the United States with their father in 2010. Panhaneath (Panny) Seng was twelve years old. Her father, a widower, left Cambodia and brought them to Long Beach in the hopes of offering his daughters the chance at a better life. When they arrived, the Seng Family found Operation Jump Start.

Operation Jump Start (OJS), a local mentoring organization, helped the Seng Family navigate the foreign education system and helped them on the path to academic success. Sarah Seng said of their arrival: “As an immigrant, we were not familiar with the educational system and were unsure of how I can get into a good college.”

Panny Seng received a call on a Thursday evening and immediately relayed the news to Operation Jump Start who nominated her for the Posse Scholarship.

“(my OJS my mentor) Dalena definitely helped me build up confidence for this whole process,” said Panny. “She helped edit my personal essays and gave me advice to be true to who I am. The OJS SAT class over the summer also helped me boost my score to strengthen my application. And being in OJS gave me access to resources such as help with college application and to a mentor and a pool of inspiring individuals who are always there to help support the students in any way possible.”

The Posse Foundation is one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and youth leadership development programs in the United States. Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.
Seven Operation Jump Start graduates have been selected as Posse Scholars since 2009. While her sister Sarah attended Berkeley and Terri went to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the youngest Miss Seng plans to use this opportunity to attend Northwestern University in Illinois.

For more information and to find out how to support the efforts of Operation Jump Start, call (562) 988-2131 or visit www.operationjumpstart.org

About OJS

Operation Jump Start is a 501(c)(3) Long Beach community-based organization dedicated to helping low-resourced, high-potential first generation students get in, stay in, and graduate from a four-year college by providing academic support, mentoring, and exposure to a broader world.

Since 1994, OJS has provided the comprehensive resources and mentoring needed to enable youth in underserved communities to reach their full potential through a college education. OJS has an established and successful record of success in providing access to higher education for low-income students of color – a demographic group significantly underrepresented on four-year college campuses locally, throughout California, and across our nation. OJS serves between 250-350 youth every year – all Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) students, ranging from 13 to 23 years old.

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