Our Story

Our Vision

Our organization will be a catalyst for middle school students to make a lifelong connection with education as the path towards equal opportunity and to achieving and sustaining their “American Dream.”

The Education Equal Opportunity Too Foundation (E=O2™), headquartered in Long Beach, California, has developed a unique and effective approach with the vision of challenging and motivating young people to make a lifelong connection between education and opportunity as a means to achieving and sustaining their “American Dream.” The foundation takes a business approach to an “at risk” intervention, offering academically and socially “at risk” 8th grade students an incentive to enhance their future studies: a laptop, printer, flash drive, and backpack is earned by the student if they have fewer referrals to the principal’s office and are promoted to a minimum 3.5 GPA by their graduation. In addition, they will develop essential communication skills and establish networking relationships that will benefit them over a lifetime. Why a laptop? Computers and access to the Internet are the tools of the 21st century, providing students with access to a world of information; and Information is power. The E=O2™ program is a plug-in to an existing Male and Female Academy that is established as a club at the Middle School.

Our Mission

To positively and measurably impact, motivate, and influence the choices of socially and academically “at risk” middle school youth, establishing within them a connection that “education equals opportunity too®.” As an incentive to kick-start their engagement with mentors, role models, businesses, life skills training, and other transformative experiences, we offer a laptop, flash drive, printer, and backpack. In order to earn the incentive, the E=O2™ program also requires parent or guardian/teacher engagement in at least two school events and student participation of at least one hour per week during the academic year.In collaboration with middle school principals, counselors, coordinators, and teachers within the Long Beach Unified School District, the Foundation will establish E=O2™ programs that are plugged into existing Male and Female Academy Clubs. Students will be selected by the school to participate in the E=O2™ program. The first year goal is four middle schools or 240 students (30 Males and 30 Females in Academy Programs per Middle School).Create a variety of experiences offered through private and public/non-profit partnerships established by the Foundation that can lead to defining moments for students participating in the E=O2™ program including:

  • Field trips to businesses where students will complete mock job applications, interviews, and receive an overview of the organizational structure of a business including functional areas, related jobs, and responsibilities.
  • Role models who will speak about the journey they took to attain their current position and the role education played in their achieving it.
  • Mentoring, financial literacy, and The Personality Matrix®- a communication tool that teaches students how to manage their predictable behavior to achieve a more positive and satisfying outcome.

Meet Our Team

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Al Stoddart

Board Officer, Treasurer Retired Financial Services Consultant
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Walter Larkins

Executive Director
CEO Sapphire RCMS, LLC
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Cindy Goodfellow

Board Officer, Chair
Retired, V.P. Client & Community Relations
at Aeroplex/Aerolease Group
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Patricia Wright

Board Officer, Secretary
Regional Property Manager
at The Salvation Army

Board of Directors

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Victoria Franklin

Board Member, Programs/Marketing
Business & Management Department for
LACC District - Trade Tech College
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Steve Shaw

Board Member, Programs/Marketing
Business Finance and Home Loans
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Monica Sijder

Board Member, Programs/Marketing/Fundraising
Senior Public Relations Representative
Water Replenishment District
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Miles Davis

Board Member, Programs/Marketing
Gym Director/Program Leader
Boys and Girls Club
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Marcus Tyson

Board Member, Programs/Fundraising
Private Investor & Philanthropist
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Lionel Gonzalez

Board Member, Programs/Marketing
Long Beach Unified School District
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Lesley Hawks

Board Member, Programs/Marketing
V.P. Global and US Business Development
Recreational Facilities & Franchise Industry
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Les Dotson

Board Member, Programs/Marketing/Fundraising
V.P. Operations Business Development
in Import and Export Industry
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Judy Seal

Board Member, Programs
Long Beach Board of Education
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Jose Salgado

Board Member, Programs/Memberships
V.P.Sr. Branch Mgr Pacific Premier Bank
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Barry Hankins

Board Member, Programs/Marketing
Retired, CFO Healthcare Industry
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Rob Steven Williams

Board Member, Programs/Marketing/Fundraising
Co-founder, Chief Technology & Marketing Officer
Poptech Studio
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Erick Verduzco-Vega

Board Member, Programs/Fundraising
CEO of South Bay Latino Chamber
Long Beach Planning Commission
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Andrew Kurzweil

Board Member, Programs
Director of Business Operations
at Tom Ferry International
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Charles Julian Fearing

Board Member, Music Program
Writer, Producer, Musician
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Jack Rosenberg

Board Member, Programs/Memberships
Commercial Real Estate Broker
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Aaron Blackburn

Board Member, Programs/Marketing
Business Owner, and LAPD Retired