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Jumpstart Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is it like being a Jumpstart Corps member?
Serving with Jumpstart is usually described as an incredibly rewarding experience. In fact, 97% of Jumpstart Corps members report satisfaction with their Jumpstart experience. To find out more, read a Corps member’s story or check out the Jumpstart model. As a Jumpstart Corps member, you have the opportunity to be part of a national movement.

Jumpstart Corps members devote the academic year to serving in their partner preschool classroom. On average, Corps members serve approximately 8-12 hours per week. Corps members are not expected to serve during UConn breaks. Jumpstart service consists of the Jumpstart session (2 hours twice a week), which is the time in which you would work directly with a small group of children, followed each time by a one hour team planning session. Corps members may also provide additional hours of classroom assistance time each week. All Corps members create their Jumpstart schedule around their course schedules and members of the Jumpstart administrative team assist in the scheduling process.

All Corps members will receive training prior to their classroom service. All training events are mandatory.

What are the benefits of being a Jumpstart Corps member?
Jumpstart offers UConn students the chance to engage in meaningful service while receiving extensive early childhood and professional development training. College students who participate in Jumpstart have the ability to make an extraordinary difference in the life of a young child.

All Jumpstart participants who complete 300 hours of service over the course of the year will receive the Segal AmeriCorps education award (worth just over $1,200). Students who are work-study eligible may also earn their Federal Work-Study funds with Jumpstart, in addition to the education award they will receive after completion of the program.

Where are the Jumpstart sites located?
Jumpstart partners with preschools in the Vernon-Rockville, Manchester, Mansfield and Windham-Willimantic area of Connecticut.

I don’t have a car on campus. How will I get to my Jumpstart site?
As members of Community Outreach, Corps members will be provided transportation to and from all off-campus service locations. Jumpstart works closely with Corps members and Team Leaders to organize all transportation.

When are the Jumpstart sessions?

Team times for the 2017-2018 academic year:

Monday/Wednesday, 9am – 1pm

Monday/Wednesday, 12:30pm – 4:30pm

Monday/Wednesday, 2:30pm – 6:30pm

Tuesday/Thursday, 9am – 1pm

Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30pm – 4:30pm

Tuesday/Thursday, 2:30pm – 6:30pm

Tuesday/Thursday, 4:30pm – 8:30pm

What if I can only make it to one of the Jumpstart sessions every week?
We do not want to miss the opportunity to place anyone who is willing and qualified into one of our preschool centers. Therefore, we still encourage you to apply. We can be flexible with scheduling if you’re willing to serve with Jumpstart.

Can I still participate if I don’t have work-study?
Yes! We encourage all students who are dedicated and motivated to serve with Jumpstart to apply.

Do I have to be an education major to join?

Nope! We have Corps members of all majors.

What if I don’t know very much about children or teaching?
Jumpstart at UConn welcomes students excited to learn more about early childhood education and social responsibility. All you need to apply is a willingness to participate and learn. Jumpstart provides mandatory training for all Corps members prior to classroom service, as well as ongoing support and supervision throughout the year.

How do I apply?
You can apply by filling out the online application here.

What happens after I submit my application?
A Jumpstart UConn staff member will contact you. If you are a strong candidate for the position, we will reach out to schedule an interview.

What if I have more questions?
If you have any more questions, contact uconn.co.jumpstart@gmail.com.