The UCLA Center for Community Engagement is the home of Jumpstart, an AmeriCorps program for UCLA undergraduates that promotes literacy among preschool students. Students from all majors are welcome to apply for this one-year program with local preschools.
If you are excited to work with your fellow Bruins in creating innovative and fun ways to inspire learning in the classroom, Jumpstart is the place for you! But don’t just take our word for it—you can learn a little bit more about our program from two of our members here and here!
Jumpstart is largely funded through AmeriCorps which, if you qualify, provides you with the Segal Education Award– currently $1,459.26 upon successful completion of 300 hours. We are also a work-study program on campus, allowing eligible students to be paid bi-weekly for their Jumpstart service. You do not need to be eligible for work-study in order to join Jumpstart, you can also join as an unpaid AmeriCorps volunteer.
Applications can be found at www.jstart.org/apply.
Applications will be accepted until October 31st, or until all positions are filled.
Below you will find a tentative breakdown of the required minimum 12 hours/week. All hours, except session time, can be flexible according to your class schedule.
- 4hrs: Session – Implement core components of Jumpstart curriculum as a team, twice a week during a two-hour time block. You are committed to this two-hour time block during the entirety of the school year.
- 2-4hrs: Team Planning Meetings – You will meet with your team a minimum of twice a week for 1-2hrs each to prepare for session implementation.
- 4-6hrs: Individual planning – You will use this time to prepare your materials for session and at-home family activities.
- Participate in intensive pre-service and ongoing training as needed each quarter.
All Jumpstart Corp Members must be available for one of the session times below. Each Corp Member will be required to commit to this two-hour time block during the entirety of the school year.
- Tuesday & Thursday 9:00-11:00am
- Tuesday & Thursday 2:30-4:30pm
- Wednesday & Friday 9:00-11:00am
If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the work Jumpstart does in our communities, please reach out to Jumpstart Site Managers via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Jumpstart to put children first. Earn an AmeriCorps education award and work-study, while teaching early literacy.
WHY WE SERVE IN JUMPSTART
I SERVE BECAUSE I believe that I can make a difference, no matter how small, in my community. I believe that these small differences add up, and that together we can achieve something grand. I serve with Jumpstart because I have always believed in the importance of literacy and education, especially when the stakes are so high. I serve because I believe I have the power to help close the achievement gap between the preschools I serve and those of more affluent communities, and because I believe in Jumpstart’s mission to work towards the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Monica Pan
I SERVE BECAUSE I am a firm believer in education, which is why I am a proud advocate of the AmeriCorps program, Jumpstart. Through the promotion of early childhood literacy and education, we can attain the change we need. As a minority, it is my job to give back to my community and serve those that are underrepresented. To me, this is what the AmeriCorps pledge is all about, and Jumpstart allows me to uphold this pledge while putting my time and energy in something I am truly passionate about. Leslie Palacios
I SERVE BECAUSE I want to make a difference in this world. One of my greatest passions is helping others succeed in education. Jumpstart allows me to do so by preparing preschool aged children to develop and enhance their literacy skills, which will help them be prepared for kindergarten. It is such a joy to see their smiling, joyous faces every week and see them advance in their literacy skills. They are always so excited when “Jumpstart is here!” I love being able to provide support in their academic endeavors through literacy and be a positive influence as I spread the joy of reading to my partner children and the class. Jailene Aguirre
I SERVE BECAUSE I want to better the social well-being of the Los Angeles community. The AmeriCorps pledge means a wholehearted commitment from me to serve and aid the community at large. My service is helping provide students with the elementary tools and foundations to succeed in their educational endeavors. The aid I hope to provide to families and children, is that of supporting the development of the next generation by participating in the creation of imaginative and nurturing environments.