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Jumpstart Program to Begin Work in Local Preschools

Members of the Jumpstart program at HWS are scheduled for intensive training and will begin work in area preschools on October 21.

October 10, 2002 Geneva, N.Y. – Members of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Jumpstart Geneva Corps will begin their work with the Geneva Head Start program and at the Lakefront Child Development Center later this month, after a weekend of intensive training. Joining a national Jumpstart Corps of approximately 1,500, the Corps members will be supplementing the children’s early education through one-to-one interaction helping develop language, literacy and social skills.

Last month, Jenna Logue, assistant director of public service and site manager for Jumpstart Geneva, traveled to New York City with team leaders Kristen DeBottis and Aimee Levesque. There they joined other Jumpstart Corps members from around the country for leadership training. They returned to share their new knowledge with other members of the Geneva Jumpstart Corps.

Over the weekend of Oct. 18 through 20, Genevieve Andershock, member of the Jumpstart National Education and Training Team, will conduct a training event on the Colleges campus titled the “Future Teachers Institute.” Geneva Corps members will be in training from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Their work in the local preschools begins on Oct. 21. Each Corps member will spend four hours each week working one-on-one with preschool children and four additional hours each week observing and assisting the teachers.

Jumpstart is a national organization that engages young people in service to work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart recruits, trains, and supports college students to serve as part-time AmeriCorps members, working one-to-one with and supporting young children in Head Start and other early childhood education programs.

AmeriCorps, Jumpstart National, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges fund Jumpstart Geneva. The program will operate for at least three years.

“Jumpstart will be an excellent way for HWS students to be involved in the Geneva community and play a role in a young child's education,” said Kristen DeBottis, team leader for the team going to Geneva Lakefront Childcare Center on Monday and Wednesday mornings.

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