Jumpstart’s November Newsflash

Dear Jumpstart,

This month saw the culmination of Jumpstart’s 18th Annual Read for the Record celebration, where over 2 million readers across 11 countries read With Lots of Love together! We enjoyed shared readings and celebrations with this year’s author, Jenny Torres Sanchez and Read for the Record Literacy Champs, including Nigel Barker, Maya Lê, Monique Coleman, Yaya Dacosta, and Chrissy Metz helping the celebration reach over 700 million unique impressions on social media. We held panels on the importance of inclusive literature, we danced to a With Lots of Love special playlist, we did crafts, and made maracas, all while sharing love across distance and with each other in fifty states and territories.

As our celebration has grown and evolved, we continue to uplift the necessity of early literacy and access to inclusive books. With research continuing to emerge on the benefits of children having a choice in diverse reading materials, it is with joy and a commitment to community and social justice that we consistently work to give equitable learning opportunities to all children.

I hope you enjoy learning about the work going on at Jumpstart. We are grateful to have you as part of our Jumpstart community.

-Naila Bolus, CEO

Program and Policy Updates

POLICY AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS – ADVOCACY UPDATE

Gratitude goes out to all of the elected officials who participated in Read for the Record this year with a special acknowledgment of New York City Council members Adrienne Adams and Rita Joseph who joined us at Brooklyn Public Library. Additionally, we thank Massachusetts State Senator Pavel Payana and Lawrence Mayor Brian A. De Peña for participating in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record celebration at the Lawrence YMCA. Thank you for your commitment to fostering early literacy and education in our communities!

PROGRAM UPDATE

As we wrap up the Fall and head into the Winter, sites are beginning to reach full recruitment and enter classrooms, and Corps Members are getting immersed in their hands-on learning experiences. Thank you to our Site Managers and Corps Members for their dedication and effort to impact children’s lives!

October was also a month full of community engagement nationwide. In Washington D.C., Corps Members from George Washington University attended ServeDC’s All Corps event, focused on making programs more inclusive. Members also participated in a community service project and a career fair. At Howard University, Jumpstart staff brought Read for the Record books and activities to Homecoming, as part of Howard’s first ever family focused component of the event. Jumpstart staff distributed 75 literacy kits for families to take home, with books and activity guides and materials. Much appreciation for the many individuals who participated in community events this month across the country! Your enthusiasm for Jumpstart and early literacy makes a difference in advocating for children’s access to quality education.

Read for the Record

The 18th annual Read for the Record celebration reached new heights this year, going viral on social media and with partner and author celebrations across the world from New York to Los Angeles, Boston, and Mexico! Together, we shared love by reading the heartwarming book With Lots of Love and reflecting on the importance of staying connected to loved ones, even across long distances.

The campaign was a great success due to a myriad of communities, networks and partners that collaborated including our publishing partner, Penguin Young Readers; educators; librarians (thank you, Brooklyn Public Library and Los Angeles Central Library for hosting us!); entire school districts including Memphis’ Shelby County Schools; elected officials (Mayors, Senators, and City Council members across the country!); Jumpstart Sites; major literacy initiatives like Broward Reads, Ferst Readers and Diverse Books for All Coalition; parents and caregivers; Literacy Champions; and corporate partners like presenting sponsor TJX Companies, Inc., Franklin Templeton, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Wolters Kluwer, UKG, and LEGO; and community partners like the Mexican American Opportunity Fund in Los Angeles. Thank you to all participants, partners and sponsors that made this such an incredible celebration!

Check out our highlight reel of celebrations and events across the globe!

Site Spotlight

George Washington University

On Read for the Record Day, Jumpstart’s George Washington University Site hosted a special celebration at Garrison Elementary School which featured readings in English and Spanish by With Lots of Love author, Jenny Torres Sanchez. Preschoolers from nearby Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center joined the celebration which even featured an appearance by “Abuela” herself! Later, author Jenny Torres Sanchez participated in another celebration at Rosemount Center bilingual preschool, also in D.C., where the event culminated in an actual rainbow above the playground. A beautiful close to a fantastic week of programming and engagement. Thank you to the George Washington University Jumpstart Corps Members and entire Jumpstart staff in Washington, D.C. for their support and coordination of these incredible events!

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Jumpstart is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), and we encourage candidates to demonstrate an ongoing commitment and interest in social justice or DEI work. To learn more about Jumpstart’s current employment opportunities, visit us at Careers – Jumpstart.

Together, we can help all children build the key language and literacy skills they need to take on the world.

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