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Students Urged to Join Jumpstart, a national early literacy organization

Jumpstart Geneva is recruiting Hobart and William Smith students as part of a national effort to increase participation.

At HWS, Jumpstart is currently recruiting 20 Corps members to serve during the 2004-2005 school year. The 20 Geneva Corps members will join a national Jumpstart Corps of more than 2,100 college students from 66 different colleges and universities across the country.

As Jumpstart Geneva Corps members, students will work with preschool children from the surrounding communities at Head Start and the Geneva Lake Front Childcare Center.

Through one-to-one interaction, the Corps members help broaden children’s education and intrigue them with the concept of wanting to learn. Jumpstart prepares and supports Corps members through an extensive training program that ultimately helps children develop language and literacy, social, and initiative skills.

“Jumpstart is an amazing and transformative program, both for children and for Hobart and William Smith students,” said Katie Scollin, site manager at Jumpstart Geneva. “Students get the chance to change a child’s life in addition to building their own leadership and teamwork skills and gaining vital professional experience.”

Jumpstart Geneva started in 2002 and has been continuously growing each year. Jumpstart Geneva is currently recruiting HWS students of all classes and majors to serve this year.

By joining Jumpstart, college students become part-time AmeriCorps members, earn work study awards and receive an education award.

Students can find out more by calling Katie Scollin at ext. 3825 or by visiting the Public Service Office in The Salisbury Center at Trinity Hall.

Jumpstart is a national early literacy organization that works toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Through extraordinary attention in yearlong one-to-one relationships, Jumpstart inspires children to learn, adults to teach, families to get involved, and communities to progress together.

Headquartered in Boston, Jumpstart services 7,875 children in 57 communities, and serves nearly 200 preschools across the country. For more information, visit the Jumpstart Web site at www.jstart.org.