Skip to main content

Joint Educational Project News

USC Joint Educational Project (JEP) manager DJ Kast watching the Northern Lights during a trip to Iceland in December. Photo by Roee Fung.

One of Forbes’ ‘30 under 30,’ Dieuwertje Kast is educating next-gen STEM leaders.

January 25, 2016

Resplendent in a dress patterned with the periodic table of elements, there can be no doubt that Dieuwertje “DJ” Kast is passionate about her subject. Recently recognized as one of Forbes’ 2016 “30…

Young students from James A. Foshay Learning Center pose with the new books they received as holiday gifts from their USC student tutors. Photos courtesy of Tina Koneazny.

Elementary school students receive donated books for the holidays from their USC student tutors

December 14, 2015

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz once said, “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” Recently, USC student tutors from the Joint Educational Project (JEP) did just that when they distributed 600…

YSP TA Alison Kamikawa, a junior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention at USC, helps Weemes Elementary students Samantha Hidalgo (left) and Clarissa Varela, play computer games using Makey Makeys, a program board that allows them to substitute conductive substances like modeling clay or bananas for computer keys. Photos by Susan Bell.

Making science cool for kids

December 11, 2015

Sporting a black USC Dornsife Young Scientists Program T-shirt, fourth grader Lea Stevenson was proudly clutching her first-ever flash drive — a gift to each student who participated in the computer workshop organized by…

Wendy Garcia-Nava came to USC with support from the Neighborhood Academic Initiative. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

A Prophetic T-shirt

May 14, 2015

There’s a snapshot of Wendy Garcia-Nava as a fourth-grader that’s downright prophetic: She’s standing by a fountain in Pardee Plaza, shyly waving at the camera. The T-shirt she’s wearing reads:…

The Joint Educational Project’s intensive internship program affords would-be lawyers and law school applicants real-world experience in the field. Here students attend a training session led by junior Jiaqi Wang, left. Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Ahead of the Game

February 9, 2015

Going into her junior year, Lillian Zazueta decided she wanted to pursue a career in law. Investigating related internship opportunities, the comparative literature major and Russian minor learned about the Joint Educational…

As president of the student organization African Americans in Health at USC, Nnenna Ezeh helps support other students who are also interested in pursuing health careers. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Diagnosis Success

December 4, 2014

As a small child, Nnenna Ezeh pretended to perform surgery on her dolls. At age 5, she opened up a present on Christmas Day and found a real stethoscope. “This is a tangible expression of your dreams,” her mother…

CBS Chief Meteorologist Josh Rubenstein demonstrates the weather predicting facilities at his mobile weather van to young participants in the Joint Educational Project's WonderKids program at 32nd Street School/USC Performing Arts Magnet. Photos by Susan Bell.

Forecast Looks Sunny

November 25, 2014

“When thunder roars, go indoors,” CBS chief meteorologist Josh Rubenstein instructed children at 32nd Street School near USC University Park campus. Rubenstein visited the USC Performing Arts Magnet school…

Participants in the Joint Education Project’s Young Scientists Program use light-weight pool noodles to simulate the challenges astronauts face while exercising in space. Photos by Susan Bell.

Fit as an Astronaut

November 17, 2014

Freshman Sophia Nguyen demonstrated to fourth and fifth graders how to set a table in space by using Velcro to prevent food packages and trays from floating away. “Look!” said fifth grader Karla Martinez as she…

USC alumna Barbara Saltzman holds aloft a Jester and Pharley doll as she helps launch a read-a-thon at Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School near USC. The read-a-thon, which is co-organized by the Joint Education Project's USC Readers<sup>Plus</sup> program, will benefit sick children. Photos by Susan Bell.

Release the Jester Within

October 30, 2014

Peals of laughter echoed off the walls of Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School’s auditorium near USC’s University Park campus. Dozens of 5th graders were delighting in The Jester has Lost his Jingle. The children…

Chris Lee, CEO of Kitson, who participated in the Joint Educational Project (JEP) while an economics major at USC Dornsife, is now giving back to JEP. Photo by Matt Meindl.

A Visionary Entrepreneur

June 26, 2014

An economics major at USC Dornsife in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Kitson CEO Chris Lee retains fond memories of participating in the Joint Educational Project (JEP) as a math tutor at Manual Arts High School near the USC…