Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Our proven curriculum helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. Jumpstart currently operates in Mississippi at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi University for Women. At the University of Mississippi Jumpstart is a part of a larger organization on campus, College Corps. Within our program, 22 University of Mississippi students serve as Corps members. These students are minimum-time AmeriCorps members who each pledge to serve 300 hours with Jumpstart over the course of the school year. At the completion of their service hours, a Segal education award is received. In addition, Jumpstart provides valuable experience and practice for future educators and School of Education students.

Site Manager: Olivia Morgan

Area preschool partners: Bramlett Elementary School, ABC Learning Center, and MAPS Head Start at Okolona Elementary

15-16 Corps members:

Carrington Bailey
Sophia Benigno
Denae Bradley
Cristall Clanton
Taylor Delaney
Kara Dudas-Bellone
Shannon Olivia Etheridge
Kenedi Hobson
Nicole Johnson
Ellen Kerce
Shantel Lee
Elizabeth Liddell
Tiara Mabry
Laura McCoy
Erin McGrath
Elizabeth Moffitt
Klaudean Moncrief
Ebria Powell
Amber Sims
Hannah Smith
Chakeidria Wade
Ahbria Williams


For more information or to apply visit www.jstart.org