Our mission is to close the learning gap, reduce the dropout rate, and develop underserved children of all ages and diverse backgrounds by allowing them an equal opportunity for learning and personal growth.
After seeing far too many children being left behind the learning curve, it was time to step up. There is a need to bridge the learning gap for many children in underserved communities. This is a key reason why the Joseph Learning Lab (JLL) was founded in 2015 by Gert Joseph Williams. Her involvement and impact on the community goes back to the mid-90s. During her tenure as an information technology leader at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Gert and her associates adopted an elementary school in South Los Angeles. During that time, she tutored and mentored hundreds of students in successful after-school reading and math programs. Gert and her associates also sponsored holiday toy and food drives, school supplies, and field trips.
Early on during the Adopt-A-School program, Gert quickly realized the strong need to connect with students at a young age. Students who fall behind in reading and math as early as elementary school start to form thoughts of dropping out. This is a significant factor that compels us to reach out to children who need our help.
Upon retiring from the FAA, Gert decided to focus her full-time efforts on tutoring and impactful education to reach “One Child at a Time.” She developed a comprehensive educational program that integrates technology into the curriculum and incorporates solutions with blended learning.
We welcome students K-12 with a commitment to bridge the learning gap and help children get on track and excel via our free tutoring and mentoring services.
Gert Williams, Founder and Executive Director
Gert is a change advocate with decades of experience and a passion for making a difference. It shows in her care, support, and attention to each and every student at the Joseph Learning Lab (JLL). She is affiliated with the Equity Access Parent Council at LBUSD and is actively invested in improving academic achievement for students.
Gert oversees all operations of JLL, including fundraising, program development and coordination. She has over 25 years of experience working with students of various ages, grade levels, and learning abilities, and mentored at Aviation and other education career camps. Gert holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Management from California State University Dominguez Hills. She has a National Professional Network - Sailing to Success Certification from Howard University.
In 2018, through her efforts, JLL adopted Dooley Elementary School in Long Beach as part of the Adopt-a-School program. Gert was awarded a Star Volunteer Award for her services. She has been awarded numerous honors and recognition for her contributions to underserved communities.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is made up of entrepreneurs, community members, and educators who have a vested interest in bettering the learning experience for underserved children. The Board is dedicated to the cause, and we value their contributions to keep our nonprofit thriving.
Tutors, Teachers, and Mentors
We are a free, donation-based organization that primarily relies on the good work of volunteers. Our volunteers are invaluable to the learning experience of each student. They are well-educated and come from diverse backgrounds. Many are former or retired teachers, college students, recent graduates, medical professionals, attorneys, business leaders and entrepreneurs. Each volunteer strives for the same goal, which is to support our mission and "Help One Child at a Time."
I can't tell you how grateful we are for all the extra help during a very difficult year. My child has improved in her reading tremendously and I believe it was because of this program.
JLL Student’s Parent
Good morning, thank you so much for taking so good care of my grandchild. Her whole demeanor about school has changed and she is more focused, love to learn and she is doing so much better.
Thank you for all you have done for her. Looking forward to having summer session with you.
JLL Student’s Grandparent
My student’s grades are all C's with one B (from all F's), except for math grades are C's and D's, much better than when he stated. I'm very proud of him. He worked so hard for this! He is very proud of himself!
My student and I met today,Tuesday and It has been going really great. He received a B and an A on his last two math tests!!! We meet next week for our Monday session
JLL Tutor, Mr. Fred