Jumpstart is the newest addition to the portfolio of educational programs under the umbrella
of the Community Leadership Center. The Center operates a comprehensive preschool program serving 90 children every year and working with the LEAP Academy to reach 780 students in grades K-12. A unique partnership with Jumpstart makes
Rutgers-Camden the first Jumpstart site in New Jersey. Each year Jumpstart invests outstanding efforts to develop new partnerships with various colleges and universities. This year, over 3,900 college students nationwide will bring their enthusiasm, dedication, and determination to change the lives of thousands of preschool children to classrooms across the nation.
This year, Jumpstart at Rutgers-Camden will reach out to over 30 children at the LEAP Academy Charter School with the vision to expand to other childcare facilities in Camden in the following years. Jumpstart mission is greatly driven by the college students (Jumpstart Corps Members) who commit to 300 hours of work during an academic year to contribute to an assigned child’s growth and development. Jumpstart Corps Members enjoy a range of important benefits for the important work they do: