Jumpstart is working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. This campus-based AmeriCorps program recruits and trains work-study supported college students to work with preschool children in Head Start and other low-income early learning programs. CWS students who can commit to working for Jumpstart approximately 11 hours/week (for a total of 300 hours over the course of the academic year) will receive a $1,175 AmeriCorps education award upon completion of service to apply towards next year's tuition.
Activities: Facilitate Jumpstart sessions with a team of peers (includes reading, singing songs, playing games and participating in center activities with preschool children), attend team planning meetings, and provide general assistance in an assigned classroom
Location: to be determined -- Head Start/early education program in KCMO
Hours of operation: 3 schedule options: Tuesday & Thursday, 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Wednesday & Friday, noon – 3:30 p.m.; or Wednesday & Friday 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. (plus four hours of classroom assistance time built around student course schedules)
Please note: this site requires a commitment to a minimum of 11 hours each week.
Mission: To help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment. Operation Breakthrough also strives to support and empower the children’s families through advocacy, referral services and emergency aid.
Activities: RU CWS students have the option of working in the after school program tutoring youth and or working in the early childhood program reading to children.
Location: 3039 Troost Avenue, KCMO 64108. This site is only 10 minutes away via the Troost 25 MAX bus line.
Hours of Operation: Operation Breakthrough is open 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. After school tutoring takes place from 4 - 6 p.m. Before school service is also an option.
Hours Needed/Available: commit 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. or 5 - 5:45 p.m. at least one day weekly for homework help or afterschool tutor; 3:30-5:30 p.m. for pre-school teacher assistant; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. for pre-school teacher assistant
Mission: The Prosperity Center provides employment services, financial counseling and coaching, and income supports access to adults living in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area.
Location: 5151 Troost Avenue (a Rockhurst Parking Garage storefront)
Activities: Interact with guests visiting the Center, answer and screen phone calls, receive and direct visitors and clients, general clerical duties, filing, collecting data and information, and other duties as assigned.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to noon
Hours needed: can be negotiated with your schedule
Mission: The Upper Room is a neighborhood-based non-profit organization providing high-quality out-of-school education programs to low-income families in the urban area of Kansas City. Our mission is “Education for Life.” The after school and summer programs provide education to the children of Kansas City and prepare them for a greater future. These opportunities fight poverty and try to escalate the standard of living for all those in the urban core at no cost to the families. We have almost 400 employees and serve over 3,000 students each year.
Activities: RU CWS students will work one on one with children in grades K - 6 to improve their reading. Our number one priority is READING. Other activities will include homework help, teaching good study habits, study skills, organization skills and listening to students read out loud and encouraging students toward positive attitudes about self and school.
Location: Upper Room, 5930 Swope Parkway, KCMO 64130
Hours needed: Monday - Friday; 4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Troostwood Community Garden
Mission: to provide fresh food options to neighbors and address situation of food desert
Location: 5142 Paseo Blvd (across the street from Corcoran Hall)
Activities: general gardening work: weeding the plant and flower beds, tying plants, planting and water vegetables, flowers, picking up litter, raking and bagging leaves, cutting grass, moving tools, helping with compost and keeping the garden tidy. Off-season work: light office/secretarial help and help research grants.
Hours needed: Monday through Saturday - can be negotiated with your schedule
Orientation: will be offered on-site
YMCA Before & After School Program (2 sites)
Mission: The YMCA of Greater Kansas City, founded on Christian principles, is a charitable organization with an inclusive environment committed to enriching the quality of family, spiritual, social, mental and physical well-being.
Academie Lafayette - YMCA site
Academie Lafayette is a total French language immersion school that cultivates student achievement, positive attitudes, and self-control. The mission is to bring together a diverse community of students and an international teaching staff to develop critical thinkers, global citizens and engaged learners through immersion in the French language and Francophone cultures. (You must apply through the YMCA.)
Location: 6903 Oak Street, KCMO 64113
Westwood View Elementary School - YMCA site
Location: 2511 W. 50th St., Westwood, Kansas, 66205
Activities: RU CWS students would have the opportunity to assist students, ages 5-12, in an afterschool setting like no other! The types of activities would include helping with homework, leading science experiments, art activities, and community service projects while teaching the children what it means to be caring, honest, respectful and responsible. (You must apply through the YMCA.)
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday; 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.