1. What is Jumpstart?
The Jumpstart Program provides an opportunity for new and transfer students to transition into college and get acquainted with peers before the semester begins. First-Year students may apply to take part in one of four specially designed programs that will help them prepare for the Ithaca College experience. Each program has a different focus, and selected participants will take part in activities and exercises centered on themes. Click here for a Jumpstart Leader FAQ.
2. Can I get involved?
Yes! Current students have the opportunity to serve as Jumpstart Leaders in one of the four programs: Community Plunge, Lead-In, ECHO, and the GREEN Tour. Jumpstart Leaders participate with each program in a leadership capacity and are a valuable source of information and advice as students begin their college experience.
3. What are the job descriptions for each Jumpstart Program?
All Jumpstart Leaders are expected to demonstrate a positive attitude and be dedicated to first year students in their selected program.
The GREEN Tour, (Gardening, Recycling, Eating, Enjoying Nature) is an opportunity for first year students to learn about sustainability and to connect to one another and to the Ithaca community by exploring local food traditions, food production, and Ithaca’s natural surroundings. The group will travel by bus to see firsthand the diversity of food production systems in use on a variety of farms around Cayuga Lake. In past years we have spent the first day interacting with the people that put food on our tables by visiting a conventional, large scale dairy farm; a small scale cheese making operation; and a large and small organic vegetable farms. Along the way we will stop and enjoy the beauty of the region. GREEN Tour Leaders are expected to have a passion for general sustainability efforts on and off campus. The program is concentrated in the following areas: gardening, recycling, eating, and enjoying nature. Leaders must be able to share their interest and knowledge with the incoming first year students.
We have designed the Community Plunge program to give first year students a head start on volunteer activities within the Ithaca community. This program provides first-year students the chance to volunteer with local organizations and agencies in the Ithaca community before their classmates even arrive on campus. Community Plunge Leaders are expected to have a record of involvement in campus and/or community experiences. These experiences may include participation in student organizations, campus performing groups, athletics, staff positions, academic organizations, volunteer positions or community service.
ECHO stands for Experiencing Connections by Heading Outdoors. This first year experience helps students make connections with their new community when they are taken out of the residence halls and classrooms and placed in the
great outdoors. ECHO Leaders must be engaging, approachable, responsible, and have an appreciation for the outdoors. ECHO Leaders will assist in the overall administration of the ECHO program. This includes planning, organizing and preparing for the arrival of the participants. ECHO leaders will be directly responsible for their small groups overnight, facilitate small group meetings and activities, and assist the participants as needed. The knowledge of outdoor leadership and other necessary skills will be developed through training sessions conducted by staff and faculty members.
Lead-In is a leadership development program designed to help new students transition to Ithaca College and get a head start on their collegiate leadership experiences. Participants will explore leadership topics, become acquainted with the campus, work on a team with other new students, and interact with current student leaders. Lead-In Leaders are expected to have a record of involvement in campus and/or community experiences. These experiences may include participation in student organizations, campus performing groups, athletics, staff positions, academic organizations, volunteer positions or community service.
4. How do I apply?
Starting Monday, March 18, students may apply by clicking here. The deadline for applications is 5:00pm on Tuesday, April 7.
5. Who do I contact with more information?
For application questions contact Mary Holland-Bavis (607-274-3222)
For program specific questions contact the Office of Student Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org, (607) 274-3222 or stop by - 325 Egbert Hall!