11 years ago, Jessica and Gibor joined a group of neighbors, under the leadership of Martha Cook to create the "I Have a Dream - Oakland" Foundation. We followed our 88 original Dreamers (the entire 1996 3rd grade class at Prescott Elementary in West Oakland) through to college (or other post-secondary education), where we guarantee them scholarships. In 2000 this program expanded to 320 children with the inclusion of their 6th grade classmates at 3 schools under a federal Gear Up grant. In 2006 we completed our ten year commitment to our dreamers and were pleased that our students far exceeded their anticipated record of graduation and moving on to post- secondary education. For more information, visit http://www.ihad-oakland.org/
Jessica is currently the Vice President of the board of the Youth Musical Theater Company. YMTC is dedicated to producing the next generation theater artists and engaged citizens by creating an exceptional theater experience for performers and audiences alike. For information please see: http://www.ymtcberkeley.org/
Jessica is a member of the board of Planetfesto. The mission of this grass roots organization is to make a virtual ribbon of tiles to surround the world! For information please go to http://planetfesto.org .