Jumpstart Corps Member Summer Position Description
Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. We provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promote quality early learning for all children. Join us to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Learn more at www.jstart.org .
ABOUT THE POSITION
Jumpstart members have the unique opportunity to inspire young children to learn, serve in a local community, collaborate with others on a team, and build professional skills. All members receive high quality training to help them implement Jumpstart's outcome-based program, promote children's school success, and build family engagement. This position serves vulnerable populations, i.e. preschool children.
CORPS MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES
Corps members complete an intensive commitment and make a substantial impact in the lives of young children. During the summer, members serve 200/300 hours, 25 hours per week by fulfilling the following responsibilities:
- Able to verbally communicate with peers, Jumpstart staff, children, children's families and classroom teachers.
- Able to arrange their own transportation to service site in a timely and reliable fashion.
- In the classroom
- Able to interact with children at their level in a classroom setting with high activity and noise levels and other varying environmental conditions. Interaction includes being able to move around the classroom to participate in various activities with the children.
- Able to participate fully in the classroom during Jumpstart's intentional activity time. Working in the classroom includes a variety of activities such as Reading, conducting small and large group activities, and enhancing indoor and outdoor times. Jumpstart members will rotate between 2-3 classrooms providing intentional activities for at least 90 minutes, three times per week in each classroom, spending approximately 4.5 hours per week in each classroom.
- Able to see both print and illustrations in order to read children's books.
- Able to demonstrate effective reading skills in English in order to implement Jumpstart programing. Includes reading children's books, song charts, and materials in the classroom.
- Able to demonstrate effective writing skills in English in order to implement Jumpstart programing. Includes writing children's names and demonstrating how to write words and letters for children.
- Outside the classroom
- Able to participate fully in 30+ hours of pre-service and 10+ hours of on-going in-service trainings. Trainings are delivered in a variety of formats including web-based trainings, group in-person trainings, PowerPoint presentations, small group discussions, and role-plays.
- Able to participate fully in 1+ hour team planning meetings and session preparation 2-5 times per week, which includes planning, reflection, and/or training, for a total of 2-5 hours per week, working with other members in a small group to reflect on and plan for weekly sessions.
- Able to complete 1-5 hours weekly of individual planning and preparation for Jumpstart sessions. This includes preparing children's books , writing reflection papers on Jumpstart service, and gathering materials for session activities.
- Able to demonstrate effective reading skills in English in order to participate in the Jumpstart program. Includes reading session plans and training manuals.
- Able to demonstrate effective writing skills in English in order to participate in the Jumpstart program. Includes writing reflections and written responses to questions in training.
- Able to attend periodic service days and events outside of regularly scheduled service, occasionally held on weekends.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Dedication to early childhood education
- Experience working with young children, and/or a desire to learn more about early childhood education
- Strong language and communication skills
- Ability to communicate and collaborate with children's families
- Willingness to learn about session implementation and planning
- Willingness to implement Jumpstart's research based curriculum with integrity
- Commitment to service
- Community service experience and/ or a desire to serve in the community
- Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
- Ability to fulfill a yearlong community service commitment
- Enthusiastic and positive attitude toward helping others
- Ability to work well on a team to collaborate, communicate, and problem solve
- Desire to seek opportunities for self and team growth
- Willingness to receive and provide feedback in an effort to improve quality of one's service in the program
- Availability, dependability, and willingness to be flexible in different contexts, such as in training, scheduling, in the classroom, with unexpected changes
- Professionalism and good judgment in relating to Jumpstart peers, children, partners, and families
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
- Potential to earn a Federal Work-Study award during term of service
- AmeriCorps members will be eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of their 200/300 service term.
- Extensive training in the field of early childhood education
- Unique opportunity to join a national network of individuals serving young children
- Invaluable opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children