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 (Olive Children Mission, Olive Children Warm Springs, and Olive Children St James). Founded in 2010 by an educator 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.
Who We Are
What We Do: Youth Leadership
In tandem with Fremont Unified School District’s 8 Great Traits and Tribes Learning Communities philosophy, students will learn leadership through community-building activities. Each month, we focus on one or more traits. How can we incorporate these traits into our speech, attitude, and behavior towards others? After exploring the trait through discussion and tribal interactions, the month culminates in a collaborative service project. Each project requires students to problem-solve, find resources, and interface with diverse populations. Our understanding of community itself will expand from our classroom or campus into our collective, neighborhood, and city.
Olive Children's 5 Essential Pillars
Attentive Listening (We will listen with our eyes, ears, and heart)
Mutual Respect (We will treat people the way we want to be treated)
Appreciation/No-Put Downs (We will speak kindly to others and think of other people's feelings)
Right to Pass/Participate (We have the right to pass in certain activities, and to know that the more we participate the more we gain)
Safety (We will always think of safety first)
FUSD Eight Great Traits
Planning & Decision Making
Meet our Board of Directors
President & Founder
Joni received her degree in English literature and has worked with kids for twenty plus years. As an educator and entrepreneur, she is passionate about seeing kids learn and grow.
Tammy currently serves as the Executive Pastor of South Bay Community Church in Fremont. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Cal State East Bay, a Masters in Christian Formation from North Park Seminary. She is passionate about seeing people of all ages reach their fullest potential and become all they were intended to become: emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Tammy firmly believes we are better together, and that every person has a unique gift and contribution to share for the good and benefit of all.
Sara Mithra teaches writing and language arts with Olive for over five years. Writing allows children to discover their voice and manifest their vision. Sara’s background in creative writing gives her a professional perspective, as she publishes work and performs poetry in the Bay Area. She graduated with Highest Honors in Literature from UC Santa Cruz and earned an MA in Folklore from UC Berkeley. Other interests include book arts, bicycling, knitting and embroidery, and reading.
Edward graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry with high honors. He is passionate about science education and organizes Olive's S.T.E.M. programs. He is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and National Science Teacher Association (NSTA), and is pursuing graduate school in chemistry. As a chemist and a teacher, he finds great fulfillment in teaching kids to think like scientists. Edward will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Stanford University in the fall of 2018.
At Olive: Friday Community Meetings
Students engage in a Community Meeting where they can share their feelings and make good decision about their learning environments.
Students can propose new ideas such as a “Silence-No Talking Homework Room” or address an existing issue such as what to do with Student Store Profits.
The meeting concludes by giving space for students to Acknowledge their peers to encourage reflective and positive thinking.
In Our Community: Serving Others
Even the youngest generation can make a difference in their community as demonstrated by students at Olive WS and Berkeley Academy.
Seventeen eager students arrived at the ABODE Sunrise Village Shelter with a common goal in sight- serving others.
After serving over 50 family members, students followed proper etiquette and cleaned up after themselves
Around the World
Rummage Sale for Nepal
After the devastating earthquakes in Nepal, our students wanted to help! We focused all of energy on Leadership Fridays: Rummage Sale to Benefit Nepal.
Students created art pieces, made posters, advertised, and wrote articles in the local paper to gather attention.
Students asked local businesses for donations and went through their homes to donate their items.
We had an awesome and very successful rummage sale and bake sale!
American Youth Ambassador
Join us in the summer of 2018 as we send over a dozen students to China for a cultural learning experience. Students will train over a series of weeks to in preparation to teach English in China. Through excursions and tours, students will come back with an appreciation of Chinese language and culture.