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Jumpstart named among nation's top social entrepreneurs

Zanesville, Ohio (Jan. 3, 2005) -- Jumpstart, a national early education non-profit organization with a strong presence on the Ohio University-Zanesville campus is among the 25 winners of the 2006 Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist Awards. This marks the third year Jumpstart has received the prestigious award. Jumpstart and the other 24 award winners are featured in the January 2006 issue of Fast Company, now on newsstands.

The program honors non-profits, or "social entrepreneurs," across the nation who 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.

Jumpstart was chosen from a field of 240 Social Capitalist Award nominees. Of the 240 nominees, 125 agreed to participate in an evaluation process, which required them to submit two years of audited financials, tax filings and online surveys and to participate in a 90-minute interview with the nomination board.

Addressing what is considered to be a crisis in the state of America's early education system, 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. In the past three years that Jumpstart has won this award, the organization has realized, on average, more than 30 percent annual growth in children served, nearly doubling the number of universities from which it recruits work-study students. In 2005, the organization served nearly 10,000 children, 20 in Zanesville at the Careytown Child Care Center, with a long-term goal to reach 100,000 preschoolers annually.

"To continue growing Jumpstart's impact, we need to innovate programmatically and hold ourselves to rigorous standards of quality. We are just like any business," said Rob Waldron, Jumpstart's CEO, "innovative solutions combined with a talented team and superior operations will lead to our success. Fast Company and Monitor's recognition of the similarities between for-profit and non-profit organizations is critical in pushing the social sector to higher levels of performance and ultimately improving our ability to drive impact."

For more information about Jumpstart, visit www.jstart.org or contact Colleen Romito, site manager at Ohio University-Zanesville, at (740) 588-1555 or via e-mail at romitoc@ohio.edu.  

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