Every child deserves the chance to succeed. Jumpstart is a national early education organization providing language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promoting quality early learning for all children. Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained more than 50,000 college students and community volunteers to deliver its program to more than 123,000 preschool children nationwide. In Massachusetts, Jumpstart reached 1,909 children during the 2018–2019 school year.

We’re fueled by a core belief: providing equal education opportunities to young children contributes to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Join Jumpstart to work toward the day every child in the United States enters school prepared to succeed.

Learn more about Jumpstart

Join Jumpstart

Jumpstart Corps members agree to a 200 or 300-hour commitment for the full school year—about 12–14 hours per week. You can also work with Jumpstart through Emerson's work-study program.

How to Apply

  1. Submit an online application (accepted on a rolling basis)
  2. Complete an interview with Emerson College's volunteer manager. After you submit an application, we will contact you for a quick phone interview and schedule an in-person interview. Bring your passport or birth certificate and driver's license.
  3. Complete all necessary paperwork.

Connect with Us


Jumpstart at Emerson College is located in the Elma Lewis Center at 148 Boylston Street. Please contact a team member to schedule a visit.

Mailing Address

Jumpstart Emerson
120 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

Jumpstart Team

Photo of Taylor Gourdeau, Jumpstart Volunteer manager outside smiling

Taylor Gourdeau (they/them/theirs)

Jumpstart Volunteer Manager

taylor.gourdeau [at] jstart.org

Taylor Gourdeau joined Jumpstart Emerson as the volunteer manager in July 2019. In their role as volunteer manager, Taylor recruits, supervises, and trains students to become Jumpstart Corps Members. These students then implement a literacy-based curriculum in pre-schools that are located in under-resourced neighborhoods in the Boston area.

Prior to joining Jumpstart, Taylor served as an Environmental Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania for over two years. Before that, they volunteered and lived abroad in South America after completing their B.A. in English Literature and Women and Gender Studies at Pace University in New York City. They are deeply committed to doing work that has a positive impact and are very happy to be working with the Elma Lewis Center.

Albas Callejas, Jumpstart quality coach, smiling while sitting and holding baby


Albas Callejas (she/her/hers)

Jumpstart Quality Coach

albas.callejas [at] jstart.org

Alba joined as the Quality Coach for Boston in September 2019. Prior to this, Alba lived in San Diego and Portland, Oregon, working directly with foster youth to prevent displacement and managing Family Resource Centers for the community. In her role as the Quality Coach, Alba supports the students as they implement the curriculum in our program sites by providing consistent observation and feedback, meeting weekly with the Team Leaders, and coordinating partnerships with the preschools.

Alba received her Master's in Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, MA and is currently pursuing her School Counseling degree with New York University. Alba participated in Jumpstart as both a Corps Member and Team Leader from 2010-2014 at Suffolk University and remains passionate about providing high-quality education for the children in the communities served.