Jumpstart, a literacy program that pairs college students with pre-school children in Head Start and other early-learning programs, recently announced a partnership with Independence Air.
The low-fair airline will promote community service on college campuses where the organization operates, including Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The groups will together create an opportunity to reward college students engaged in service, while also increasing national awareness of the value of early education.
Jumpstart is now active on 65 college campuses, with some 2,500 students working to benefit 9,350 preschoolers in the 2005-06 school year.
To help recognize the work that Jumpstart Corps members do, Independence Air will provide five chosen Corps members, each semester, with a free trip to Washington, D.C., to visit his or her representative in Congress, to give the students an opportunity to promote the benefits of student service and early education in a national public forum.
Independence Air will also co-sponsor the Jumpstart to Independence Travel Award, in which one student from each college will be chosen to receive a Travel Pass good for free travel on Independence Air during the summer. The award selection committee will give preference to candidates who plan to incorporate community service into their summer travel. The Rochester and Syracuse airports are both served by Independence Air.
In addition, Independence Air offers a 10-percent discount for any students who demonsrate a minimum of 10 hours of service to their community.
Jumpstart was founded in 1993 with 15 college students serving children in New Haven, Conn. Its programs are coordinated locally through the HWS Public Service Office.
For details on its programs, visit http://www.jstart.org.
For details about the airline and its parent company, FLYi, Inc.,visit http://www.flyi.com/.