Operation Jump Start Inc. services disadvantaged families in both Sarasota and Manatee County. OJS was Founded by three Sarasota natives with more than 30 years combined experience helping rebuild and strengthen communities.


Operation Jump Start mission is to provide tools, support and host social events aimed at strengthening individuals, families and communities.  The organization works hard to provide families with tools to succeed in school, build stronger households, and host social events promoting family, community, and self-love.


In its brief history, Operation Jump Start has enhanced the lives of hundreds of families and more than 1,000 school age kids. With the dedication of its founders, support of the communities it serves, and contributions from donors, Operation Jump Start will be able to enhance the lives of thousands more.




Black Nurses Rock Presidential Award Recipients 2016

Sarasota County NAACP Youth Council Men of Valor Award Recipient 2017

Trenton Davis is a Co-Founder of Operation Jump Start. He is a journalist by trade, an army veteran and an avid volunteer. He is a Sarasota native, and a graduate of Booker High School. He earned a B.S. in Communications from the University of New Haven. Currently he works as an Outreach Specialist for Suncoast Technical College. While in the army Trenton was received awards for JRTC & Fort Polk Volunteer of the Year and Directorate of Family and Morale, Welcome and Recreation Volunteer of the Year.  In 2017 he helped bring Little League Baseball back to the Newtown community of Sarasota, FL after a nearly two decade absence. Trenton takes pride in helping others, and gets joy seeing those he helps progress through life.

Rashad Dawkins is a firefighter who has been saving lives for more than a decade. Born and raised in Sarasota, he is a graduate of Riverview High School, and proud father of three. It gives him great pleasure to lend a hand to those in need.

Sheldon Cantrell, also a Co-Founder of Operation Jump Start.  For more than a decade he has been working as a Law Enforcement Officer protecting and serving the community where he was raised. During his free time Sheldon is an Head Coach for a local High School Track & Field team, Assistant Coach for a local High School football team, and also the Co-Founder of Academy for Maximum Performance Inc.  He has helped lead several community services based projects. A native of Sarasota, FL Sheldon is a proud graduate of Booker High School.  He continued his education at the University of New Haven where he earned his B.S. in Criminal Justice. Sheldon is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., where one of their Cardinal Principles is “Uplift” whether it be through community service, or mentoring within the community.


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"The scholarship I received is greatly appreciated.  The award helped in many ways.  Receiving it allowed me to buy groceries, school supplies, and also helped me just survive out here in San Diego.  The scholarship was very unexpected and impromptu, but helped out a lot.  I am truly grateful.  You guys really helped out a lot. Thank you very much."
            - Jermaine Belvin, San Diego Mesa College
"Thank you Operation Jump Start for honoring my baby, Keymani, for her great grades by supplying her this beautiful Halloween costume."
                               - Kammeako McNeil, Sarasota, Florida

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