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, Mississippi University for Women, and the University of Southern Mississippi. At the University of Mississippi, Jumpstart is part of a larger organization on campus, College Corps. Within our program, about 36 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.

Mississippi Program Manager: Olivia Morgan

Site Managers: Caitlyn Yochum (lead UM Site Manager), Abigail Mabley, Jasmine McIntyre, and Tiffany Spell

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

18-19 Corps members:

Arriana Bean

Caeleighn Bernard

Toy Berryhill

Niyoka Bingham

Shaunice Brinkley

Maisha Bulaya

Tyler Caple

Alicia Chaney

Tiffany Cherry

Caroline Ciotoli

Kaitlin Cotton

Kyla Cousin

Tatiana Darciss

Breunna Harris

Branden Jones

Ryan Lackey

Emily Ludwigsen

Maranda Magee

La’Randa Mickell

Madeline Powell

Janeisha Simpson

Shamaria Singleton

Ariel Spencer

Marisa Taylor

Allison Terrell

Taylor Tucker

Bradley Tune

Madeline Waldrop

Miranda Walsh

Maggie Weber

Kayla White

Shakayla Yates


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