Jumpstart Participates in Annual 31 Nights of Light
For Immediate Release
December 7, 2017 (BOSTON) — On Thursday, December 14th, the top of Prudential Tower in Boston will beam red in support of Jumpstart’s work to help all young children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart CEO & President, Naila Bolus — along with special guests First Lady of Massachusetts Lauren Baker, Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery, and over 30 Jumpstart AmeriCorps members from the Greater Boston Area — will flip the switch to light up the Tower as part of the Prudential Center’s annual 31 Nights of Light program. Young children (ages 3-6) and families are also invited to join a special Story Hour from 4:00-5:00pm in the Prudential Center’s Center Court, prior to the Flip the Switch ceremony, to read with Jumpstart and First Lady Lauren Baker!
Children from low-income communities start kindergarten up to 60% behind their peers from more affluent neighborhoods, and when children start behind, they tend to stay behind. Jumpstart, a national organization based in Boston, is working to change that. Jumpstart serves over 2,000 children in the local community, and 11,000 children nationwide. As part of the AmeriCorps service network, Jumpstart activates and trains local college students to serve in preschools in low-income communities in order to support children’s literacy, language, and social-emotional skills to help them enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.
The 31 Nights of Light program was introduced in 2009 to celebrate local Boston-area organizations and draw attention to the great work they do in Boston and beyond. Throughout the month of December, Prudential Tower will shine bright each night with the help of local community organizations. Utilizing a state-of-the-art LED lighting system, the 51st floor of the Prudential Tower will change color daily to honor its 29 community partners.
Jumpstart is an early education nonprofit organization fueled by the core belief that providing high-quality early learning opportunities to all children contributes to breaking the cycle of poverty. We provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities by recruiting and training college students and community members to serve in classrooms where the need is highest. Our volunteers help prepare children for kindergarten, and set them on a path for lifelong success. Learn more at jstart.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @jumpstartkids.