Every child deserves the chance to succeed, yet studies show that children from low-income neighborhoods are at a greater risk of school failure.  

To apply for PAID positions as Jumpstart Team Leaders or Corps Members, click here!  JUMPSTART APPLICATION WEBSITE (click here!)

Corps Members work with small groups of preschool children on language and literacy skills, right in your community, and attend training and service days. The single most powerful experience you can have is being involved in Jumpstart.

Like people? If you answered with an emphatic, “Yes!” then you’d make a great Jumpstart Team Leader!  Coordinate. recruit, train, and manage volunteers for short and long-term service projects.

When you become a Jumpstart Corps member you will work with a team of peers to develop classroom activities for preschool children, implement a 2-hour curriculum twice a week and volunteer in the classroom for an additional 2-4 hours per week. You'll also attend weekly trainings on early childhood education, family involvement, social justice and other topics. Jumpstart Corps members work between 10-15 hours per week for the entire school year. Typically, half of those hours are served in an Oakland preschool classroom. No experience with children is necessary. For more information go to the Jumpstart website, or contact Samantha Coon, CILSA's Jumpstart Site Manager at (925) 631-8168 or [email protected].