Guest Blogger: Joy Errico Seusing, Vice President, External Relations, Jumpstart; @Jumpstartkids
Last fall, I left the retail industry after more than ten years to pursue a leadership opportunity at Jumpstart, a national non-profit organization focused on early childhood education. Having two preschool-aged children of my own and a passion for mission-driven work, I was humbled by the opportunity to join an organization that makes a profound difference in the lives of young children by helping them to develop the skills they need to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.
With the growing economic challenges in our country, there is increased disparity between the early education opportunities that children from underprivileged communities receive, as compared to those from more prosperous neighborhoods. In fact, in low-income communities, 50% of children start kindergarten up to two years behind their more affluent peers. Investing in early education has proven benefits for not only these children, but to our society as a whole, resulting in greater lifetime productivity in the workforce, lower crime rates, and higher graduation rates. Jumpstart tackles this divide by training caring adults to deliver a research-based program to preschool children who need it most. Headquartered in Boston, Jumpstart reaches 10,000 children in communities throughout the United States, including New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
One of the most fulfilling parts of my job is the opportunity to connect organizations with Jumpstart’s mission to drive positive change for young people. A few weeks ago, I received a call from Starbucks to participate in a national cause marketing program that encourages Starbucks cardholders to vote for their favorite non-profit. Jumpstart was one of the beneficiary organizations selected from a pool of 300 non-profits to join the Starbucks Community Card: Vote. Give. Grow. program. Special thanks to all of the Starbucks employees who rooted for Jumpstart!
With your support, Jumpstartcan secure $400,000 to help children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed. Here’s how you can help:
- Register your Starbucks Rewards card at www.starbucks.com/votegivegrow, selecting your preferred community.
- Vote for Jumpstart using your Starbucks Rewards card at www.starbucks.com/votegivegrow.
- Vote for Jumpstart once per week through April 30, 2012 and tell everyone you know!
Thanks so much for supporting our cause and please stay in touch with us @Jumpstartkids!