Making a Difference for the Children of Camden

Jumpstart is the newest addition to the portfolio of educational programs under the umbrella of the Community Leadership Center. The Center operates a comprehensive preschool program serving 300 children every year and working with LEAP Academy to reach 1,700 students in grades K-12. A unique partnership with Jumpstart makes Rutgers-Camden the first Jumpstart site in New Jersey. Each year Jumpstart invests outstanding efforts to develop new partnerships with various colleges and universities. This year, over 3,900 college students nationwide will bring their enthusiasm, dedication, and determination to change the lives of thousands of preschool children to classrooms across the nation.

Reaching Our Youngest Learners

This year, Jumpstart at Rutgers-Camden will reach out to over 300 children at the Early Learning Research Academy (ELRA) with the vision to expand to other childcare facilities in Camden in the following years. Jumpstart’s mission is greatly driven by the college students (Jumpstart Corps Members) who commit to 300 hours of work during an academic year to contribute to an assigned child’s growth and development. Jumpstart Corps Members enjoy a range of important benefits for the important work they do, like:

  • Having an opportunity to either earn a Federal Work-Study award or academic credit while making a significant difference in the life of a child;
  • Becoming part of a nationwide network of AmeriCorps members and alumni;
  • Acquiring transferable and marketable skills through an extensive innovative Jumpstart training program;
  • Earning a $1,000 Education Award to pay for their academic expenses upon the successful completion of the program.

Jumpstart Corps Member have a direct impact on a child’s life by:

  • Working one-on-one with an assigned preschool child on reading, writing and social skills;
  • Working with a team of motivated students to deliver quality learning sessions to preschool students;
  • Receiving comprehensive career training in early childhood education and community leadership;
  • Engaging in a variety of community service events targeted at children and their families;
  • Serving 12-15 hours a week for a full school year (300 hours total).