|SLU’S JUMPSTART HAS OPENINGS FOR 2002-2003 ACADEMIC
HAMMOND – Gearing up for the 2002-2003
academic year, Southeastern Louisiana University’s Jumpstart program is
recruiting 46 Southeastern students to work with area three- to five-year-old
children on pre-school readiness.
Through the national non-profit program,
which got underway at Southeastern last year, students can earn a $1,000
AmeriCorps education award by working one-on-one for a minimum of 11 hours
a week with preschoolers at Southeastern and Hammond Head Start programs
and Midway Elementary, Jumpstart’s newest local partner.
Coordinator Vaunne Blossman-Hand said
that during Jumpstart’s first year at Southeastern 31 Jumpstart Corps members
performed approximately 11,300 hours of community service at Southeastern
and Hammond Head Start. All 31 students successfully “graduated” from the
Jumpstart program, she said.
To prepare preschoolers to succeed in
school, “Jumpstart Corps members read stories, sing songs and play games
that support young children's school readiness,” Blossman-Hand said.
In addition to the $1,000 education
award, Jumpstart also has 10 openings for $1,250 stipends that require
600 hours of service extending into summer 2003, Blossman-Hand said.
Education award are dispersed at the
end of the term of service, but Blossman-Hand said students who qualify
for federal work-study can also earn up to $6.30 an hour while working
in the program.
College students interested in applying
may visit www.jstart.org/apply, or contact Blossman-Hand at (985) 549-5273
or firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews are now being scheduled and all xorps
members will be hired by September 13.