Jumpstart

Position descriptions

Jumpstart Summer Intern

Jumpstart Summer Interns complete an intensive commitment and make a substantial impact in the life of a young child. During the summer, they engage in the following activities:

  • Participate in an intensive pre-service and on-going trainings geared towards early literacy and social justice.
  • Provide individualized attention and positive adult-child relationships to prepare children attending preschool in low-income neighborhoods for school success
  • Increase adult support in the learning environment
  • Collaborate with their team and teaches to plan weekly in-classroom activities

Summer Interns will receive the following benefits:

  • $540 Bi-weekly stipend
  • $1,221 Segal Education AmeriCorps Award
  • Work closely with other UW students
  • Work in the Seattle community in a high-need preschool
  • Work towards closing the opportunity gap among Seattle’s youngest learners!

Summer Interns commit to serving 300 hours in the summer 2017 (roughly 30 hours per week) from June 19, 2017 to August 31, 2017 including:

  • Implementing Jumpstart curriculum (~6 hours a week) sessions with Jumpstart team
  • Classroom assistance time or CAT (~18 hours)
    • support classroom teachers
    • Working with individual children or small groups to provide extra attention or support
    • Augmenting language and literacy in the classroom environment
    • Extending learning outside the classroom walls
    • Observing children and taking notes to support planning and individualization
  • Training and Team planning (~6 hours a week)

Jumpstart Member

Jumpstart Corps Members complete an intensive commitment and make a substantial impact in the life of a young child. During the school year, they engage in the following activities:

  • Participate in intensive pre-service and on-going trainings
  • Communicate with children’s family and support family involvement
  • Provide individualized attention and positive adult-child relationships to prepare children attending preschool in low-income neighborhoods for school success
  • Increase adult support in the learning environment
  • Collaborate with their team to plan weekly in-classroom activities

Members serve 7 – 12 hours per week, during the school year including:

  • Jumpstart sessions with team and small groups of children, 4 hours per week (two sessions per week for two hours each)
  • Team planning meetings and session preparation, which includes planning, reflection, and/or training, 3 hours per week
  • Additional hours to do classroom assistance time or CAT to earn hours and support classroom teachers
  • Approximately 1 hour of individual planning and preparation for Jumpstart session

Team Leader

The Team Leader collaborates with a team of their peers to provide educational activities to young children and families. Responsibilities include:

  • Participate in intensive trainings, including Fall Leadership Institute
  • Lead a team of University of Washington undergraduate students to provide educational activities for young children
  • Facilitate team planning meetings, weekly classroom sessions, and family events
  • Communicate with teachers, staff, and families of the preschool children
  • Coach team members by modeling developmentally appropriate practices
  • Guide reflection and discussion related to adult practice and children’s development
  • Coordinate team administration, including facilitating organized team meetings while managing notes and records

Team Leaders serve 12-16 hours per week during the school year including:

  • Jumpstart sessions with team, 4 hours per week (two times a week for two hours each)
  • Team planning meetings, which include planning, reflection, and/or training, 3 hours per week
  • Weekly meetings with other team leaders and site staff, 1.5 hours per week
  • Meeting on a bi-weekly basis with classroom teachers
  • Preparing for Jumpstart sessions, 2-4 hours per week
  • 2-5 hours each week in a preschool classroom during the regular school day

Volunteer Coordinator

Please note: We have filled our VC role for the 2016 – 2017 year.  We encourage you to apply for a member position instead!

The Volunteer Coordinator recruits, assists in training, and manages volunteers for various Jumpstart service projects that address specific program and community needs. Volunteer Coordinators serve 8-12 hours during the school year. Responsibilities include:

  • Work with site staff and the Jumpstart cohort to plan on-going and annual volunteer appreciations
  • Co-facilitate and support training of all volunteers
  • Present Jumpstart to campus and local community organizations, student groups, faculty and staff to obtain volunteers
  • Recruit required number of volunteers to provide the required number of service hours needed
  • Recruit volunteers to commit to one-day, short-term, and long-term volunteer projects
  • Recruit volunteers to serve at Jumpstart’s annual Read for the Record event
  • Assist site staff in identifying and implementing of events and service days held at partner early childhood centers