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What is Jumpstart?

Every child deserves the chance to succeed, yet studies show that children from low-income neighborhoods are at a greater risk of school failure. Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be successful in school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. Watch our video

At the heart of Jumpstart are the 3,500 college students and community volunteers who give their time to work with children across the country. If you are passionate about working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed, we invite you to join us.

Our Issue: The Achievement Gap

Our Program: Caring and Supportive Relationships

Jumpstart is the only national supplemental preschool program of its kind. We recruit and train college students and community volunteers to serve children living in low-income neighborhoods. The heart of our program is this relationship between caring adults the children they serve.

For additional information, please visit www.jstart.org.

Jumpstart at Loyola University Chicago

Jumpstart Corps members have the unique opportunity to inspire young children to learn, serve in a local community, work on a team, and build professional skills. All Corps members receive training to help them implement Jumpstart’s outcome-based program, promote children’s school success, and build family involvement.


Compensation and Benefits

Jumpstart Session Times

Jumpstart sessions occur in preschool classrooms during these four time blocks weekly throughout the academic school year; you must have one of the four blocks available in order to participate:

How to Apply

Recruitment for the 2014-2015 program year is now closed. If you are interested in applying for the 2015-2016 program year, please email serve@luc.edu. And remember: make sure to schedule your fall 2015 classes around one of the above Jumpstart session times!

Our Program Partners

Contact Information




Office for Community Service and Action
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W Sheridan Rd · 804 Mundelein Center
Chicago, Il 60660 · Phone: 773.508.8260 · serve@luc.edu

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