2006-2007 Academic Year

Jumpstart Named Among Nation's Top Social Entrepreneurs in the 2007 Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist Awards

Selected for using business acumen to solve America’s early education crisis, Jumpstart earns high honors for fourth consecutive year

Nancy Campos '09 reads at Jumpstart Literacy Night at the Claremont branch of the Los Angeles County Library.

Claremont, CA (Nov. 21, 2006) – Jumpstart, a national early education nonprofit organization with a strong presence on the Pitzer College campus, is among the 43 winners of the 2007 Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist Awards who are entrepreneurs who “change the world.” This marks the fourth consecutive year Jumpstart has received this prestigious award.

"Our program is very fortunate to have had Pitzer College as a resource since 2000. Not only does Pitzer offer a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on interdisciplinary, intercultural education with an emphasis on social responsibility and community service, but the commitment of Pitzer's students to making a significant, lasting impact in their community has allowed the program to grow into new sites and has allowed Jumpstart to utilize a diverse student body,” Karen Magoon, Jumpstart Program Site Manager, said.

The program honors nonprofits, or “social entrepreneurs,” across the nation that combine creativity and ingenuity with business-solutions to address the most challenging social problems today, ranging from poor healthcare in developing nations to unequal education access, homelessness, unemployment and substance abuse in the United States.

Today, 1 in 3 children in America enters school unprepared to succeed. To address this school readiness crisis, Jumpstart recruits and trains college students to work one-to-one with at-risk preschool children and their families to give them the support these young children need to succeed in school and in life.

Jumpstart currently engages 3,100 college students at 64 sites in 19 states, reaching nearly 12,000 children. As part of this national Corps, Pitzer College’s Jumpstart program currently engages 45 students (25 are Pitzer students) from the Claremont Colleges in service to 136 preschool children. College students commit to serving 300 hours with the program over an entire school year and work with children attending Vista Head Start in Claremont, Easter Seals Child Development Center in Upland, and Ontario-Maple Head Start in Ontario.

“Prior to the Social Capitalist Awards, no ranking process or ‘seal of approval’ existed as an authoritative standard for achievement among social entrepreneurs,” said Mark Fuller, chairman and CEO of Monitor Group. “Our evaluation measures the impact and effectiveness of these non-profits, making it, among other things, an ideal investor's guide for those who want their charitable dollars to get the highest ‘social’ return possible.”


About Pitzer College
Pitzer College is a nationally ranked undergraduate college of the liberal arts and sciences. A member of The Claremont Colleges, Pitzer offers a distinctive approach to a liberal education by linking intellectual inquiry with interdisciplinary studies, cultural immersion, social responsibility and community involvement

About Jumpstart
Jumpstart is a national early education organization that works toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Through extraordinary attention in yearlong one-to-one relationships, Jumpstart inspires children to learn, adults to teach, families to get involved, and communities to progress together. Headquartered in Boston, Jumpstart pairs 3,100 trained adults one-to-one with preschool children in need of assistance. During the 2006-2007 program year, Jumpstart is serving nearly 12,000 children in 64 communities across 19 states and the District of Columbia, in partnership with 225 Head Start and other early learning centers across the country. Jumpstart’s national sponsors include American Eagle Outfitters, AmeriCorps, Pearson, and Starbucks. Jumpstart is a four-time recipient of the Fast Company/Monitor Social Capitalist Award (2004-2007) and the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy’s Directors Award. For more information, visit the Jumpstart Web site at www.jstart.org.

About Fast Company and Monitor Group
Fast Company, founded in 1996, is a magazine for and about the creative class. It is a journal of change and changemakers — dynamic, compelling leaders in both the for-profit and non-profit spheres who are making dramatic innovations to shape the future. Visit http://www.fastcompany.com for more information.

The Monitor Group is a family of professional services firms, linked by shared ownership, management philosophy, and knowledge assets. Each entity in Monitor's global network is dedicated to providing products and services that fundamentally enhance the competitiveness of its clients. Visit http://www.monitor.com for more information.