URI TodayThursday, May 3, 2012
Jumpstart helps kids read, students get a leg up on careers
The fight against illiteracy is being fought by students of all majors through Jumpstart, a part-time AmeriCorps program, offered at the University of Rhode Island. Students who serve for a semester or more not only gain credits through volunteer hours, they also help change the lives of children through the power of learning.
This year, there are 3,600 volunteer students nationally participating in Jumpstart. Each program across the nation implements the same curriculum geared around children’s books.
“The tough part is being able to commit four to five days a week to the program. It can be hard to balance with academic plans and experiences, which is why most of the students are freshmen...