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Jumpstart Eau Claire
Kicks Off 

MAILED: July 23, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE — Jumpstart - a national non-profit organization focused on early childhood education and teacher recruitment - today announced the addition of 12 new university-based programs, including one at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
         One of the fastest growing national organizations in America, Jumpstart consists of a 30-site network that will engage more than 1,400 college students in one-to-one service to more than 1,400 preschool children this year.
         The Jumpstart program at UW-Eau Claire is the first AmeriCorps program in Wisconsin to use college students as Corps members, and the first to focus on early childhood development and education, said Dr. Donald Mowry, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning.
         Jumpstart Eau Claire program sites include Western Dairyland Truax Headstart Center, Literacy Volunteers of America-Chippewa Valley Family Literacy Program, Children's House Montessori School and UW-Eau Claire's Children's Center.
         The program will provide four teams of 10 students at each of these sites during the academic year to work with preschoolers needing extra assistance to master school readiness skills in cognitive, emotional and social areas, Mowry said.
         As Jumpstart's official growth partner, Starbucks has made a four-year, $1 million commitment to support Jumpstart's national expansion. Starbucks' funding provides challenge grants for new university partners to launch campus-based Jumpstart programs. Through Starbucks support, Jumpstart is continuing its work with preschoolers and is actively pursuing its mission: to work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.
         "The goal of our partnership is to educate the community about the importance of literacy in the lives of young children and to encourage involvement in early literacy programs," said Lauren Moore, Starbucks director of Giving and Community Affairs."
         "Imagine creating the magic of learning in one child and helping that child develop lifelong learning skills," said Rob Waldron, president and CEO of Jumpstart. "Then imagine replicating that magic for 1,400 children across the country. That's what Starbucks funding lets us do."
         After more than 200 universities expressed interest in the Jumpstart program, Jumpstart selected and awarded 10 grants for 10 new universities to launch Jumpstart programs. Additionally, Long Island University-Brooklyn and Tufts University deepened their existing partnership with Jumpstart by committing to house campus-based Jumpstart.
         Beginning Fall 2002, Jumpstart will add the following universities to its national network:

         Beginning today, all new Jumpstart staff gathered in Boston, Jumpstart's national headquarters, to attend a weeklong training institute. New Staff Training builds new staff's knowledge of the Jumpstart program model and Jumpstart's early childhood education approach.
         Staff receives training in all facets of Jumpstart site management, including Corps member recruitment; relationship management with Head Start centers, other early childhood programs, and university partners; public relations; and finance and administration. Through NST, new staff meets and works with the regional and national staff who will support them throughout the year. They also can connect with university personnel during the first-ever University Leadership Institute, held in conjunction with NST on July 25-26.
         Also hosted in Boston, Jumpstart's first-ever University Leadership Institute 2002 brings Jumpstart university personnel together to ensure they are prepared and trained to launch a Jumpstart program in Fall 2002. This two-day institute enables Jumpstart's campus supervisors and fiscal managers to learn more about the programmatic and financial sides of operating a campus Jumpstart program.
         During ULI, university personnel network with Jumpstart national staff, other university staff and corporate partners. They learn more about the Jumpstart program and how to leverage local and university resources to make it a success on their campuses and in their communities.
         Jumpstart is a national non-profit organization that engages young people in service to work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart recruits, trains and supports college students to serve as part-time AmeriCorps members, working directly with and supporting young children in Head Start and other early childhood education programs.
         Jumpstart focuses on building School Success for young children by developing their early language, literacy and social skills; encouraging strong Family Involvement to help families support children's learning; and training college students to be Future Teachers and leaders in early childhood education.
         Jumpstart's national sponsors include American Eagle Outfitters, official outfitter; Pearson, official education partner; and Starbucks, official growth partner.
         For more information, visit the Jumpstart Web site.
         Starbucks Coffee Company is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee in the world. In addition to its retail locations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim, Starbucks sells coffee and tea products through its specialty operations, including its online store at Starbucks.
         Additionally, Starbucks produces and sells bottled Frappuccino® coffee drink and a line of superpremium ice creams through its joint venture partnerships.
The Company's other brands enhance the Starbucks Experience through best-of-class products: Tazo Tea Company offers a line of innovative premium teas, and Hear Music produces and distributes a line of exceptional compact discs.

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Judy Berthiaume
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Updated: July 23, 2002