Jumpstart, an AmeriCorps program, has a mission to work towards the day when every child enters school prepared to succeed. This high quality, early education program cultivates adult-child relationships in low income neighborhoods in Brockton and Taunton. Bridgewater State University students commit to working 200-300 hours, which includes pre-service and ongoing training sessions, classroom time and volunteer projects in the community. Students of all majors take part in this program. To learn more go to: www.jstart.org/ and to apply click here
Jumpstart has several major programs that they run throughout the year:
Read for the Record-Read for the Record is one day of the year when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy and support Jumpstart in its efforts to promote early childhood education. On October 4th, people across the country read the childrens book Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad, by David Soman and Jacky Davis, in support of Jumpstarts mission to work towards the day that every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. This year a New World Record was reached and New World Record: 2,385,305 children were read to!
Baskets of Love- This was the sixth year Jumpstart did Baskets of Love. Baskets of Love is a chance to help and supply a family in need with basic essentials and some holiday gifts. These are the families of the children of Jumpstart who are living in the Taunton and Brockton areas. The entire Bridgewater State University community unites through this project, in hopes of giving these families a happy holiday season.
Belle of the Ball- Belle of the Ball is an event to make young ladies feel like "Belle" for their high school prom. Volunteers help these young ladies pick a donated dress, matching jewelry, and all the rest as the ladies transform into "Belle" for the night.
AmeriCorps Week- This week recognizes the quiet dedication of AmeriCorps members and alumni who are building stronger, safer, and healthier communities through service. Every March AmeriCorps members, alumni, and community members engage in a variety of service projects all week long.
National Week of the Young Child- This is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the purpose is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. The 2013 Week of the Young Child is April 1420 and the theme is Early Years Are Learning Years. (http://www.jstart.org/campaigns/week-young-child)
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Last Modified: February 21, 2013