Jumpstart Harlem Corps Member - Harlem, NY



Times of day

Weekday Afternoons

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


New York
United States


About Jumpstart

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community volunteers to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a research based curriculum, Jumpstart children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. Join us to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed! 

The Jumpstart Harlem program offers volunteer opportunities in several preschools throughout the rich historic Harlem neighborhood. 

Jumpstart Corps members have duties both in and outside the classroom:

In the classroom

  • Interact with children in a setting with high activity and noise levels and other varying environmental conditions
  • Participate in 2 Jumpstart sessions per week for 2 hours each - - a total of 4 hours per week
  • Participate in 2-5 additional hours in classroom assistance time, such as helping with snack time, assisting teachers with activities, and engaging children in outdoor play

Outside the classroom

  • Participate in 30+ hours of pre-service and 10+ hours of on-going in-service trainings (trainings are broken down incrementally and presented in a variety of formats)
  • Participate in 1+ hour team planning meetings and session preparation 2-5 times per week

Must be able to:

  • Complete 1-5 hours of weekly individual planning and preparation for Jumpstart sessions
  • See both print and illustrations in order to read children's books
  • Demonstrate effective reading and writing skills in English
  • Transport oneself to service site in a timely and reliable fashion
  • Communicate well in general
  • Collaborate and communicate with children's families
  • Willing to learn about session planning and implement the Jumpstart curriculum with integrity
  • Work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Fulfill a yearlong community service commitment
  • Work well on a collaborative team

Compensation and Benefits

  • Extensive training in the field of early childhood education
  • Unique opportunity to join a national network of individuals serving young children
  • Invaluable opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children
  • Education award of $1200.00 upon completion of 300 hours by June 29, 2018 


Training Provided

How To Apply



Send resume and cover note to e-mail address listed. Please note "Jumpstart Harlem - Corps Member" in the subject line of your e-mail.