Corps Members

Teach. Learn. Inspire.

Corps members are the heart of Jumpstart. Each school year, we recruit and train over 3,800 college students and community members to implement the Jumpstart program in preschool classrooms where the need is highest in order to help prepare our most at-risk children for kindergarten.

What is the role of a Jumpstart Corps member?

Jumpstart Corps members implement the Jumpstart curriculum in preschool classrooms across the country and serve as an aid to teachers. Corps members serve on a team with 5-7 peers and work directly with a local Jumpstart staff member on training, session planning, service opportunities, and more.

Our Corps members allow us to reduce the student-to-teacher ratio to 3:1 in almost every Jumpstart classroom, enabling children to receive an individualized learning experience and develop nurturing relationships with caring adults. Through the Jumpstart program, we help ensure kindergarten readiness for over 11,300 children each year and provide our Corps members with the essential training, skills, and practical experience to be better prepared for the workforce, especially if they plan to pursue a career in education or related fields.

96% of our Corps reported that they would recommend serving with Jumpstart to their peers

Whether you’re interested in becoming a teacher, looking for a work study opportunity, want to gain valuable professional skills to better your career, or simply love spending time with children, Jumpstart is a great way to give back to your community and make a lasting impact.

  • Gain professional experience working directly with children in preschool.
  • Build your resume & become a well-rounded applicant for future employers.
  • Receive ongoing training and work alongside a team passionate about doing work that matters.
  • 200-300 hours of service throughout the school year
  • 4+ hours every week in the classroom (two sessions per week for two hours each)
  • 3+ hours of team planning every week
  • 1-5 hours in the classroom (outside of the Jumpstart program) supporting teachers during the normal school day every week
  • Opportunities to attend periodic service days to support the communities in which you serve
  • Potential to earn Federal Work-Study, course credit, or receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award following your service*

*Subject to eligibility and varies by location

Jumpstart partners with preschools across the country where at least 75% of children are from low-income families as defined by federal requirements for reduced-cost meals. Children vary from 3-6 years old in age and come from a variety of different backgrounds. Jumpstart sessions are implemented in English, although English is not always the native language for many Jumpstart children.

Jumpstart’s program is replicated across the country in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Click here to see the full list of colleges and universities that we partner with.

While the majority of our volunteers are college students, we also engage community members that are passionate about making a lasting impact on a child’s life. Our Community Corps program offers a unique opportunity for adults to get involved in service. Jumpstart partners with community organizations to recruit and engage the valuable and growing older adult population of diverse backgrounds and ages. Community Corps members implement the same proven curriculum and program as our college Corps members, but with an added element of intergenerational relationship building. Community Corps members often join Jumpstart directly in the communities where they live, allowing them to foster deeper connections with the children and families they serve.

Jumpstart Community Corps programs first began in Boston in 2004 and have since expanded to serve children in Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.

Available Positions

Corps Members
(College Students)

Want to volunteer with your fellow classmates in a local preschool? You can help children develop the language and literacy skills they need for kindergarten success. Learn More

Community Corps Members

Just because you’re not in college, doesn’t mean you can’t give back! We love connecting volunteers of all ages to their communities. Learn More

Team Leaders

Interested in taking on more of a leadership role? Team Leaders coach teams of Corps members, plan and implement Jumpstart sessions, and facilitate meetings. Learn More

Volunteer Coordinators

Love spending time with a diverse group of dedicated and passionate people? Recruit, train, and manage volunteers for short and long-term service projects as a volunteer coordinator. Learn More

All it takes is the desire to make a difference…and YOU.

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at Jumpstart will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Jumpstart does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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

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