The Heart of JEP


    The Joint Educational Project has a unique approach to staffing both the service and learning components of the program.  More than 70 undergraduate student leaders play a critically important role in directing JEP, ReadersPLUS, Trojan Health Volunteers and our STEM programs.  We also have a number of graduate students who assist with program management, curriculum development and various research projects.

    Click on the programs to the left to learn more!

    Program Assistants

    Program Assistants (PAs) work under the direction of a student Program Assistant Coordinator and a student Placement Coordinator. PAs serve as peer educators and coordinate nearly all of the day-to-day operations of JEP’s service-learning programs.  PA responsibilities vary depending on the needs of the department’s faculty and students.  Depending on student enrollment, a PA may work exclusively with one professor or class, or may assist several faculty from multiple departments.

    ReadersPLUS Student Staff

    Each semester, up to 100 USC Readers and Math Mentors work in five of the Family of Schools. On site coordination is provided by five site coordinators and their assistants. The program is overseen by two full-time graduate student program directors and five part-time undergraduate student coordinators.

    USC ReadersPlus student site coordinators and assistant coordinators attend the JEP/USC ReadersPlus summer training held in August. Coordinators and assistants collaborate their efforts in management and problem solving to create a year-long plan for the USC ReadersPlus program.

    STEM Education Student Staff

    The Teaching Assistants are each placed at one of seven elementary schools in our immediate USC community to teach hands-on science lessons to 2nd through 5th grade classrooms and support teachers and students in science education. Lead TAs train and supervise their peers, organize teaching materials and coordinate efforts on site.


    Graduate Students

    Graduate assistants work with JEP staff and faculty to design new program elements, develop projects for courses and plan curricula for the service-learning students or their respective programs. Some of them also provide training and support for undergraduate JEP program assistants who supervise and evaluate the work of JEP service-learning students.

    Group Photo of all student staff at 2022 summer training
    Students on porch different view
    Readers Tutor with Student learning at a table in a classroom
    JEP STEM TA doing Experiment with kids
    Maya Yanez with the WonderKids students of 32nd St. School and their completed serving of “bacteria soup”!