Who We Are
Olive Children Foundation is a 501c(3) nonprofit, educational organization that strives to prepare our children to be the future leaders of tomorrow. Our first site (Olive Mission) opened in the heart of Mission Boulevard across the street from the olive trees of Ohlone College, Fremont, California. Today, we have three sites in Fremont (Berkeley Academy, Olive Warm Springs, and Olive Mission). Founded in 2010 by mother and entrepreneur- Joni Jen- it embodies the ideal that young children can make a significant impact by serving their community. As a visionary entrepreneurial duo, Joni and her team strive to uncover students’ leadership and academic potential while improving their self-esteem and core strengths. Together, we believe leadership blossoms in every child.
We believe all children should realize their potential to transform the world.
To inspire and prepare our young people to be the leaders of tomorrow, in order to better themselves and their community through a combination of training, practice, and service. They will achieve greater global awareness and appreciate how their leadership role can enhance their lives, and the lives of those around them.
Our ambitious vision and core beliefs mean our team of staff and volunteers must act as role models, treating children as we would like to be treated. In order to serve each child as an individual, we relate our experiences and brainstorm next-steps daily. Since we strive to problem-solve, we must always be creative in our improvements.
Through weekly meetings, mini-workshops, educational book clubs, and informal check-ins, our team keeps the lines of communication open. Our low student to staff ratio means we are never too busy to take a moment with a child to hear about a recent struggle, complaint, or frustration, and offer our suggestions for improvement. Each week, we introduce new ideas for programs such as field trips, service learning, clubs, student jobs, scheduling compatibility, and special activities. Our tight-knit staff may have diverse talents and very different personalities, but we diligently maintain a unified behavioral philosophy so that we treat children consistently.
Finally, our team recognizes the importance of keeping the lines of communication open with families. All too often, parents only hear about “issues” their child is having, as though the child is a problem. Olive hopes to communicate successes through our weekly ‘Accolades’ board, monthly student-run newspaper, monthly newsletter, and informal chats during pick-up time. Equally, we invite parents to share plans or ambitions for their family such as extra-curricular activities, vacations, and field trips. Of course, if issues do become relevant, we are available for conferences to construct learning plans.