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Nature and Purpose
Jumpstart is a national non-profit organization with the mission that every child enters school prepared to succeed.  Jumpstart began in 1993 when two students at Yale University had a simple idea that, through the power of community service, college students could make a huge difference in the lives of preschool children.  Since then, more than 70,000 preschool children across America have benefited from millions of hours of Jumpstart service. This year alone, Jumpstart volunteers are serving more than one million hours with 13,000 preschool children in more than 60 communities across America.  For more information, visit

Jumpstart Corps members serve two afternoons per week in a preschool serving low-income neighborhoods, working on teams of about seven.  Following Jumpstart's guidance and session plans, each Corps member works with two or three preschoolers in individualized relationships, supporting children in language, literacy, and social skills, to help them prepare for Kindergarten.  Students serve in preschools in Greater Boston.