We had the good fortune of connecting with Jodie Jimenez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jodie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The thought process in starting my own homeschooling co-op was driven by my desire to provide what was lacking in my own children’s education and social life. I thought that if this was a concern of mine, that it might also be a concern for many other homeschooling families. How can I best support my children’s interests while also providing resources that others could benefit from?

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
WISH  is a cooperative non-profit 501c3 organization which provides enrichment classes to homeschooled children in Kindergarten through twelfth grades. We are an organization where homeschooled children come together, develop friendships, and learn in a safe and nurturing environment. Our goal is to allow children the freedom to discover their interests and learn to love learning. What sets us apart from others is our co-op spirit. All of us are volunteers gifting the community with our respective talents. The dedication of our families is what has brought us success throughout the years. Perseverance and knowing we are helping children succeed is what has helped us overcome the challenges of being a co-op. Lessons learned include keeping a positive attitude and learning how not to take things personally. What I would like the world to know about WISH is how loving and generous folks can be, even within a group as diverse as ours.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Day 1 – If my best friend were visiting for a week, the first place I would take her is the Norton Simon museum in Pasadena. We would stop by Home Brewed and get a milk tea with boba and pick up some pad thai noodles from Fresh Thai on Foothill Blvd. for dinner.

Day 2 – Zuma beach to watch dolphins and get some sun.

Day 3 – Vineland Drive-in, City of Industry

Day 4 – Skylight Books in Los Feliz, and the Last Bookstore downtown and a concert Hollywood bowl.

Day 5 – Little Tokyo and Olverra Street

Day 6 – Shakespeare in the Park at the Griffith Park Old Zoo

Day 7 – We would end our visit at the Getty and order in some Chinese food from Rice Wok on Laurel Canyon.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many people to thank, but I’d like to dedicate this shout out to my now grown children, Jesse and Angel Jimenez. Not only was WISH created for them, but they worked so hard and volunteered thousands of hours to help make it a success.

Website: wishclasses.org
Instagram: wish_homeschooling
Facebook: WISH School Campus

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