Program information for Pace students interested in joining Jumpstart:

  • For the school year, Corps members are paired with children at a local preschool. Corps members work in teams of about 7 college students with classrooms of 20 children.
  • Corps members and children participate in Jumpstart sessions twice per week, providing key one-to-one attention and group interaction.
  • Jumpstart helps children develop the language, literacy, and social skills vital to success not just in school, but also in life.
  • Corps members serve approximately 8-10 hours/week but may not exceed 12 hours per week for a total maximum of 300 hours served from September 1st through May 15th.  
  • As an AmeriCorps program, Jumpstart members regularly engage in reflections regarding service to  offer better support to the children and families served.
  • At the completion of 300 hours of service, Corps members are eligible for a $1,175 education award from AmeriCorps. Students with work-study eligibility may get paid for their service hours. 
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Required intensive training prior to beginning service.
  • Applicants accepted on a rolling basis with a majority of hiring done in May and September. Apply early as most spots are filled in May.

To apply to be a part of Jumpstart at Pace University, please visit For more information please contact Deborah Markert, Site Manager at or (212) 346-1874.