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Jumpstart Bronx at Fordham University
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Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps young children from low-income neighborhoods develop the language, literacy and social skills they need to be successful in Kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap.
Fordham Jumpstart volunteers join teams serving children ages 3-5 in Bronx public schools and early learning centers. This is an excellent opportunity for any student who wants a hands-on experience making a difference in the lives of young children!
Why serve with Jumpstart?
Inspire children to develop a love of learning
Work closely with your team of 5-7 Fordham students
Help young children learn through play during carefully planned activities
Receive comprehensive training and professional development
Build strong relationships in the community
Join a national movement and large alumni network
Team Leaders develop additional leadership, group facilitation, and other professional skills
AmeriCorps members earn a $1000 Segal Americorps Education Award
Transform the lives of preschool children by teaching them language and literacy skills they need to succeed in school…and in life!
During reading time, you will get to know a small group of children as you read and discuss one new book each week
During circle time, corps members and children participate in songs and games as a classroom community
During center time, corps members support children to chose between Jumpstart activities such as reading, writing, art, science, puzzles, and dramatic play
During service events, corps members support community programs the support families and children
The Jumpstart commitment is for the full school year, approximately 8-9 hours per week. This includes classroom sessions, team planning meetings on campus, individual planning time, ongoing training, and monthly community service events.
Chartered Ram Van service to each Bronx preschool is provided.
Weekly team time slots:
Mondays and Thursdays 9:00-11:00am*
Tuesdays and Fridays 9:00-11:00am*
Tuesdays and Friday 3:00-5:00pm*
*Team planning meetings typically occur during Fordham's activity blocks or in the late/afternoon early evening (for morning teams) or directly after session (for afternoon teams).
Application Process Admission to the Jumpstart program at Fordham University is rolling, and will continue until all slots are filled, but training begins on Sept 18, so apply as soon as possible. For the 2013-2014 school year, Jumpstart at Fordham University will accept 42 Fordham students onto six teams of seven. Experience working in a preschool is not necessary, as our professional training is comprehensive. Once you've submitted an application, please sign up for a group interview with the Jumpstart Fordham site manager. Americorps, team leadership, and/or work-study positions may be available. Feel free to reach out with questions (see contact information below).
Course Credit for Service Learning Students wishing to integrate their academic studies with their Jumpstart service are encouraged to do so! This year, there are two service learning options for combining your coursework with Jumpstart:
Interdisciplinary Seminar: Apply what you learn in one of your existing courses (with your professor's permission) to your service with Jumpstart while earning a free additional course credit. The Interdisciplinary Semina takes place on five Thursdays in fall semester 1-2:30pm, and areon topics ranging from Bronx community history to social justice. Stop by the Dorothy Day Center in McGinley 101 to pick up a copy of the application and speak to a staff member at the beginning of the semester.
Integrated Course: Enroll in PSYC2700: Infant and Child Development (Service Learning) to apply what you will learn about how young children think, learn, and grow to your service in the classroom! E-mail Dr. Joshua Brown ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org to request permission to enroll in his class, which meets Mondays and Thursdays at 11:30am for fall semester. Spots are limited, so act NOW -- first class is Thursday 8/29 at 11:30am in Dealy 102.
Questions? Contact : Lauren Brodsky Site Manager
Jumpstart Bronx at Fordham University
441 East Fordham Road
Administration Building Rm 220
Bronx, NY 10458 Phone: 718-817-2073 E-mail:email@example.com