For Jumpstart, strong teams that have trust and support for each other translate into strong sessions and educational experiences for our children. One example of this is Team All Stars who volunteer at a preschool located in Columbia City:
We are a very close group of friends, though we are diverse in age and academic standing. Jumpstart encourages every team to bond, since we are required to see each other twice a week (but usually more). Because of this, it is important to our team that we share all our milestone moments with one another. Usually at the beginning of each team meeting, all of us get dinner together and share our ‘ripples’ (something good in our week) and ‘scripples’ (something bad) with each other. One of our best memories thus far has been preparing for a skit at the Jumpstart Talent Show. Even though we’d only been a team for a few weeks everyone came together to prepare. It took a lot of trust and saran wrap but it all worked out. As one of our team member Angela puts it, “I don’t think it would have been possible for me to have done this with any other group or have any other group convince me to wrap myself in glow sticks and dance to a Beyoncé song. I trust everyone in my group wholeheartedly and we stand together in our ups and downs.” We also make sure to celebrate everyone’s birthday. The picture below is our team celebrating the birthday of two of our members at the Space Needle Skycity Restaurant.
As a team, we have grown and learned through our experiences helping children develop their language and literacy skills. Whenever a child accomplishes something he/she couldn’t do in the beginning of the school year, our hearts fill with joy and pride. We are determined to ensure that children are progressing with continuous improvement through our commitment. Jumpstart has allowed us to make an impact not only in the lives of young children but also our own as we develop life-long friendships and skills for our future endeavors.