BENEFITING: Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc.
Video Summary: It's a Jumpstart Life! :)
In 2011, I became part of this amazing non-profit organization, Jumpstart, that is working towards the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. (www.jstart.org) Everyone who knows me, knows how much being part of this organization changed my outlook on early childhood education. Within my first year, I could clearly see the effect Jumpstart had on the children; finding myself emotionally connected to the cause. After 3 years as a Corp-member/Team leader, it came time for me to graduate, which meant moving on from the Jumpstart classroom. This didn't sit well with me! SO, in August 2014 I made the decision to join Jumpstart's Young Professionals Board (YPB) where I could continue to help make a difference in the lives of thousands of children. Since its founding in 1993, Jumpstart has trained over 36,000 college students and volunteers to provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming to 60,000 children in under-served communities across the country. The YPB is a group of young professionals committed to promoting and bringing awareness to Jumpstart’s mission. Along with increasing the visibility of the organization, one of the goals for YPB members is to help Jumpstart raise funds to support programming through special events. This fall, the YPB is engaging in a viral campaign in support of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record initiative, which mobilizes millions of people to participate in the world’s largest shared reading experience on October 22, 2015. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record highlights the importance of early learning, closing the 30 million word gap for low-income children, and growing a child’s love of reading. Our financial goal is to raise $10,000 in 10 days in celebration of the 10th anniversary of RFTR and in support of the children we serve. Jumpstart will allocate 100% of the funds raised to provide high-quality early education programs to the children who need it most. Any donation will be matched 1:1. Every dollar counts, so any form of support would be very much appreciated by the YPB and, most importantly, the children we serve! Thanks so much for your consideration and please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions!