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AmeriCorps Jumpstart Arkansas

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What is Jumpstart?

Jumpstart is an AmeriCorps national service program working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. AmeriCorps is recognized throughout the United States with over 1 million members participating in the program since 1994. Jumpstart members work with local preschool students to enhance their language, literacy, and social-emotional skills. 

What are the benefits of serving with Jumpstart?

As a member, you will not only receive the intrinsic value of serving your community, but you will also receive additional benefits. Members who join receive a $175 monthly living allowance for up to seven months. Those who complete their 300-hour service commitment receive a $1,342 educational award to use toward college tuition in the future. Members also gain valuable classroom and community service experience to enhance their resumes.   

How much time is committed to Jumpstart?

Jumpstart members commit to serve between 10-15 hours per week with the program for a total of 300 hours throughout the school year. We highly recommend that members schedule to serve the entire school day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. If that's not possible, just let us know, and we will try to work around your schedule.

Hours are earned through several different methods. Members serve with a team of two to five peers to conduct Jumpstart sessions twice per week. Each session consists of a greeting, a small group time to read the story of the week, center time, and a closing. Between each session members participate in a one-hour team planning meeting. Members also participate in individual service time to assist the classroom teacher.

All members receive 45-60 hours of training offered through a combination of online and in-person trainings. Jumpstart sessions and individual classroom service occur primarily in the morning hours, but team planning meetings and trainings can be more flexible. 

(Service may be face-to-face, virtual, or hybrid based on the needs that arise due to the pandemic. The number of members per team, children served goal, and ratios may require adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.) 

Must I be an education major to participate?

Everyone is welcome to participate in Jumpstart! You do not need to be an education major to become a member. We've had members who majored in business, criminal justice, nursing, dental hygiene, biology, and education.  

What's the next step to join the program?

For more information contact Jumpstart Coordinator Kimberly Taylor at 479-788-7962 or or stop by Math-Science 312-B. If you are ready to apply, email your current class and work schedule so we can determine if service is right for you. You can follow us on Facebook at UAFS Jumpstart, on Instagram at jstart.lionpride, and on YouTube at UAFS AmeriCorps.  

Jumpstart Arkansas is an AmeriCorps national service organization funded by EngageAR.

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This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, material or parental status, genetic information, or military service.