November 29, 2017 (LOS ANGELES) — Jumpstart University of Southern California (USC) was recognized in the University’s Daily Trojan newspaper to celebrate the program’s eight years of work in the local community and the impact that it has made for students on campus.
Funded by the USC Good Neighbors Campaign, Jumpstart USC works with four preschools in the South Los Angeles community, serving 150 children. Site manager, Erin Croix explained the partnership with the local preschools and the relationships USC has built both internally with increased campus involvement from the students as well as with the surrounding community. The undergraduate volunteers Jumpstart recruits to serve the children in these preschools are often already pursuing a career connected to education and they relish the ability to support their community in a way that is meaningful to them. Corps members see Jumpstart as “the best of both worlds,” as they get to help local preschoolers and impact the LA community.
“[Jumpstart] builds a bridge between USC and the community outside,” Croix said. “There are a lot of ways USC students can easily be disconnected from the community just because of the format of campus and the new [USC] Village. Jumpstart is one of those programs that directly involves students.”