Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours do Jumpstart Corps Members serve?

Corps members at GW serve 300 hours over the school year.  This translates to approximately 12 hours per week.

How many children do I work with throughout the year?

Corps members serve a classroom of preschool children with a team of other students from GW.  Each member of the team has two or three partner children, but also has the opportunity to spend time with all of the children in the class, as well as the classroom teachers.

Can I complete my hours anytime during the week?

Yes and no.  Jumpstart sessions occur twice each week:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00am-11:00am
  • Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:30pm
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00am-11:00am
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00pm-5:30pm

At the beginning of each year, Corps members elect to be on one of these teams depending on their availability.  The times for other hours each week vary and often depend on the respective schedules of the Corps member and the preschool.

Do I need to be eligible for Federal Work Study to participate?

No.  Both volunteers and Federal Work Study students are eligible to participate.  The same expectations and responsibilities apply regardless of Federal Work Study status, and all Corps Members receive an approximately $1,220 AmeriCorps education award upon completion of service.

What makes Jumpstart different from other service opportunities?

Several things make Jumpstart unique:

  • Being a part of the AmeriCorps network of programs
  • Taking part in extensive pre-service training
  • The chance to follow a tested and proven curriculum
  • The chance to serve on a team of other college students working towards the same goals

How do I get to the preschools?

All sites are off-campus and are accessible by Metro, bus, or walking. Corps members are responsible for transportation; however, Jumpstart provides metro cards to cover Corps Members' travel. The travel is approximately 30 minutes each way, depending on the site.

Do I need previous experience in early childhood education?

No.  While previous experience is certainly a plus, Jumpstart Corps members traditionally have a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and majors.  In addition, each Corps member goes through about 40 hours of pre-service training before working with children in the classroom. Corps members also receive ongoing training and support throughout the year.

I have a schedule conflict and/or I am considering studying abroad during second semester.  Can I still participate in the program this semester?

No, for various reasons. Most importantly, it is important to develop a relationship with the partner children, and Corps members commit for the entire academic year. Schedule conflicts preclude program participation if they interfere with the Jumpstart sessions.  Additionally, Corps members must remain on the same days and times (M/W morning, M/W afternoons, or T/TH afternoons) for the entire year.

In rare cases, opportunities arise for students to begin Jumpstart at the beginning of the spring semester.  However, these positions are not guaranteed.  (Contact jumpstart@gwu.edu for more information.)

This sounds great!  How do I get involved?

Recruitment takes place in the summer and the first few weeks of fall for the current academic year.  Training occurs in mid-September.  If you are interested in applying click here to apply online.

  • Opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives by forming strong relationships through individualized work for an entire year
  • Emphasis on intrinsic motivation in teaching and learning through play
  • Working on a team and making friends with 5-8 other GW students
  • Opportunity to experience and serve neighborhoods outside Foggy Bottom
  • Serving as an AmeriCorps member while also enrolled in a degree program
  • Joining a national network of both Jumpstart and other AmeriCorps Corps Members
  • Receiving intensive pre-service training in early childhood education
  • The chance to be a kid again!