Jumpstart, an AmeriCorps program, is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. The Jumpstart curriculum helps the state’s youngest learners develop the language and social-emotional skills they need to be ready for kindergarten - and build the learning skills necessary for a lifetime of successful learning.
UAFS’s Jumpstart members will have the opportunity to inspire children enrolled in Arkansas Better Chance preschools within the River Valley to learn and to build professional skills. The program is open to students from all majors and community members. Previous teaching experience is not required: Members will receive professional-level training to deliver innovative early learning instruction with a focus on language, literacy, and social-emotional skills.
In addition to the service to their community, students who participate in the program will receive a monthly living allowance of $100-per-month for up to six months, and those complete 300 hours of service within a year may be eligible for a Segal Educational Award of up to $1,200.
This service program is also open to members of the community who would like to participate. Just as our UAFS student members, they too receive a monthly living allowance and up to a $1,200 Segal Educational Award upon the completion of 300 hours of service. Those members who are serving over the age of 55 have an option to pass the education award on to a child, step-child, grandchild, step-grandchild, or foster child.