Jumpstart

Promote quality early learning at preschools in Chicago and Evanston

Overview

Jumpstart is a national AmeriCorps early education program working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. At Northwestern University, students from various majors, backgrounds, and interests make the yearlong commitment to become Jumpstart Corps Members. Members have the unique opportunity to build mutually beneficial relationships with partner children, classroom teachers, and fellow team members, while dedicating 300 hours towards teaching preschoolers in Rogers Park and Evanston the critical language, literacy, and social-emotional skills required for kindergarten readiness. Check out this video to learn more!

Commitment

Corps Members commit to serving 300 hours over the course of the academic year. Although some service time is flexible, members are required to attend sessions during the same time slot throughout the year: Mondays & Wednesdays from 2:30–5:30PM OR Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:30–5:30PM. The 300-hour commitment works out to an average of 10–12 hours per week and includes:

  • Classroom sessions with team members (twice a week for two hours)
  • Team planning meetings (typically twice a week)
  • Individual classroom service time (four hours a week, on a regular schedule set each quarter)
  • Individual planning and preparation for Jumpstart sessions

Benefits

  • Students who successfully complete their term of service receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of approximately $1,300 to use towards tuition or student loans. All Corps members are expected to complete the 300-hour commitment, and typically over 90% of Northwestern’s Jumpstart members do so.
  • Students who are eligible for Federal Work-Study earn $14 per hour plus travel expenses to preschool sites. Students not eligible for Work-Study receive unlimited CTA transit fare for the duration of the program.

Corps Members also:

  • Participate in intensive training and professional development throughout the service year
  • Build relationships with other Northwestern students, preschool children, and teachers and staff members at their partner school
  • Develop skills in early childhood education, leadership, and teamwork to aid in future career endeavors

Positions

 

Jumpstart Corps Member

  • During session, deliver the Jumpstart curriculum to preschoolers twice a week
  • Participate in team planning meetings twice a week
  • Prepare individually for session activities
  • Assist classrooms during individual classroom service time
  • Attend and participate in weekly training sessions

View the full Corps Member position description for more detailed responsibilities, qualifications, and more.

 

Jumpstart Team Leader

(Returning Corps Members Only)

  • Lead a team of NU students who provide educational activities for preschoolers
  • Facilitate team planning meetings twice a week
  • Coach corps members to use developmentally appropriate practices with preschoolers
  • Participate in leadership training
  • Attend and participate in weekly training sessions
  • Attend weekly team leader meetings
  • Implement effective Jumpstart sessions twice a week
  • Collaborate with teachers, staff, families, and NU site manager
  • Prepare individually for session activities
  • Assist classrooms during individual classroom service time

View the full Team Leader position description for more detailed responsibilities, qualifications, and more.

 

Jumpstart Volunteer Coordinator

(Returning Corps Members Only)

  • Volunteer Coordinators recruit, train, and manage volunteers for Jumpstart service projects that address specific program
  • and community needs. Responsibilities include:
  • Recruit community volunteers to participate in short- and long-term projects
  • Co-facilitate and support training of all volunteers
  • Plan and implement volunteer events and service projects, including:
  • Jumpstart’s annual Read for the Record event
  • Events at partner childcare centers
  • Support data entry into electronic systems
  • Attend and support Jumpstart hosted events
  • Present Jumpstart to campus and local community organizations, student groups, faculty, and staff

View the full Volunteer Coordinator position description for more detailed responsibilities, qualifications, and more.

Apply

Want to learn more? Attend an Info Session & Q&A, Friday June 11 at 4:30pm CDT.

Interested? Applications for 2021-2022 are open now and are reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply today at my.jstart.org/apply. After you apply, you will receive an invitation to interview.

Questions? Contact the Jumpstart Site Manager, Chanel Cox, at chanel.cox@northwestern.edu.