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Jumpstart programs are made possible with the help of volunteers from local colleges and the community, who serve in a variety of preschool settings in underserved communities such as Head Start programs, community based classrooms, and public school pre-K. Each member of our volunteer “Corps” undergoes extensive training before entering the classroom, as well as ongoing coaching throughout the school year to ensure the highest quality program is consistently implemented. Click here to learn more about our program.

College Corps

Jumpstart partners with universities and colleges to recruit college students to serve in preschool classrooms in underserved communities.  Our College Corps program offers students a chance to work alongside likeminded peers, receive high-quality training in early childhood development and education, and gain invaluable hands-on experience in the classroom, all while giving back to the local community. Jumpstart is a great opportunity for students who are interested in education, looking for a work-study opportunity, or simply love spending time with children. Click here to learn more about Jumpstart Corps members.

Students who participate can make an impact on educational equity while potentially earning funds to help pay for their college education through Federal Work Study or a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (depending on where they serve).

Community Corps

While the majority of our volunteers are college students, our Community Corps program offers an opportunity for adults in the community to make a lasting impact on a child’s life. Jumpstart’s Los Angeles Community Corps works with community organizations to recruit and engage adults 55+ years of age. 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 serve in the communities where they live, allowing them to foster deeper connections with the children and families they serve. Click here to learn more about Jumpstart Community Corps members.

Los Angeles Community Corps currently serves in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles City, South Los Angeles, and Compton. Our program is supported by a grant from Senior Corps’ Foster Grandparent Program that allows us to provide our adult volunteers with a stipend to support their service.

You can learn more about our Los Angeles Community Corps in this story from KCRW.

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

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