The foundation for all of Jubilee Park and Community Center’s work is education.

The Children’s Education Initiative takes a holistic approach to educating children in the community with programs offered from birth through 12th grade. These programs offer a safe, loving and nurturing environment where children and young people are encouraged to improve academic performance, learn important life skills, express themselves creatively, develop their unique talents and increase knowledge through new experiences. Jubilee Park also provides adult education to expand personal and job skills, as well as learning opportunities for seniors.

  • Early Head Start (ages newborn-3)

  • Head Start (ages 3-5)

  • Out-of-School Time Programs for K-8, both after school and summer

  • Adult education in English as a Second Language and computer literacy

  • GED classes in both English and Spanish

  • Senior Lunch and Learn sessions

Out-of-school time programs
Adult education classes
Lunch and Learn

Stories from the community


NealAndJean
At Jubilee, we joke that Neil and Jean Smith are like bad pennies – they just keep showing back up. Since they started volunteering with Jubilee in 2013, they have become a fixture in our children’s programs. Neal and Jean first learned about Jubilee through a volunteer fair at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. As owners of their own accounting business, they had flexible schedules and were looking for a way to give back to their community. From their first day helping at summer camp, they were hooked.

“Going into fall 2013, I told Jean, ‘I don’t want to go a whole year without seeing these kids,’ ” said Neal. Last fall they started participating in the Out-of-School Time Program by assisting in the classrooms and helping students with homework. Soon after, they committed to volunteering with Reading Partners at O.M. Roberts Elementary. “We’re just blessed to be here, and the group of kids is great,” said Jean. “I look forward to coming to Jubilee.”

“Neal and Jean are really nice, and they always help me get through my homework,” said Isabella Aguirre, a 2nd grade student in the Out-of-School Time Program. The couple still volunteers every year for summer camp – this will be their 4th summer at Jubilee. We are so grateful for their support and dedication!
Marlene
In September of 2015, a shy, timid Marlene Ramirez moved from Guanajuato, Mexico to the Jubilee Park neighborhood. She knew she wanted to get involved somewhere and soon heard about the community center from her aunt. At just 18 years of age, Marlene quickly took advantage of all the programs at Jubilee. She enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) Level 1, Computer Classes and GED classes. Once she finishes her GED, Marlene plans to enroll in El Centro to study nursing.

When she isn’t in class, Marlene volunteers in the kitchen with Martha Ruiz, the Kids Cafe Coordinator. Marlene enjoyed her previous experience working with seniors in Mexico, and now comes every day to help Martha and the Jubilee community. Whether it’s cooking, cleaning or serving meals, Marlene does it with a smile on her face. You can often hear her laughter throughout the community center.

Marlene has volunteered more than 300 hours and plans to continue volunteering in the kitchen once she goes to college. When she came to Jubilee, she spoke minimal English – now she is able to help people that don’t speak English when they are sick or need assistance. Her favorite experience at Jubilee so far is the tamale-making in December. “It was like being at a family reunion,” she said. “I’ve learned that a lot of people need assistance in one way or another and I can help them,” said Marlene.