Our alumni spotlight series highlights stories from Jumpstart Corps members, as they reflect on their time with Jumpstart and discuss how the experience has served them in their current careers. Do you have a story to share? Want to make sure that you don’t miss any important stories or news for alumni? Join the Jumpstart Alumni Network to connect with fellow alum, stay connected to Jumpstart, and find new ways to stay involved in early education.
Last year, I had the honor to share my story at Jumpstart’s Fall Celebration. From beginning to end, the evening was magical. This was my first time publicly speaking about my life and experiences, so I was a little nervous. The Jumpstart staff members were very welcoming and supportive, which was so helpful in my preparation. Before the event began, I had some time to rehearse and do a sound check with the speech coach. During the event, I met some of Jumpstart’s amazing Leadership as well as some of the organization’s biggest champions. During dinner, I even sat next one of Jumpstart’s Board Members, Josh Duhamel, and his wife Fergie!
One of my favorite moments of the evening happened after my speech. I met a few of the Jumpstart Team Leaders who serve in Los Angeles. Making connections with other young people who are committed to service and young children was so rewarding.
My service taught me how important education is for young children and their families, and that it takes a village to raise and support a child.
Serving as a Jumpstart Corps Member throughout college was one of the most valuable and impactful experiences of my life. My service taught me how important education is for young children and their families, and that it takes a village to raise and support a child. My service also gave me leadership skills and experience that I continue to use today. Since my service with Jumpstart, I have dedicated my career to children and education. This fall, I will be joining Reading Partners in Charleston, South Carolina to support children with literacy and to lead and coach Corps Members in their own service and leadership development.
Thank you for everything, Jumpstart!
Do you have a great story to tell? Enter our Alumni Speaker Contest and you could be selected to share your story on November 8 at Jumpstart’s Los Angeles Read for the Record Wrap Party. Click here to submit your story.