Jumpstart is a free kindergarten readiness program that helps prepare children to enter school ready to succeed. Children are matched with a Jumpstart member for one-to-one tutoring in a fun, safe, active learning environment.Children read books, sing songs, and explore new ideas focused on building their language and literacy skills.

The program will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:00-5:45, during the school year.

For more information, call (573)882-8942, or email

Camp Salsa is an 8 week long summer camp program for high school students in Columbia. The camp will provide opportunities for high school students to work from beginning to end on a project to foster skills that can be transferred into the workforce.

There are three main components of Camp Salsa- Grow, Cook, Sell:

  • Grow:  this project trains youth to maintain a garden which grows tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, and cilantro.
  • Cook: students will discuss nutrition, research recipes, and create their own unique salsa
  • Sell: students will apply business principles to sell their salsa at local markets. This will include creating a business plan, learning to cost out their salsa, creating a brand, and selling their product at Lucky’s Market and Columbia Farmer’s Market.

Every step of the way grow, cook, sell will be complimented by lectures, activities, and field trips to foster skills to students in a hands-on way.

Upon completion of program, students will get class credit from Columbia Public Schools.  In addition, students will get paid for 4 weeks of service through the City of Columbia’ Career Awareness Related Experience program.

This is a collaborative effort between MU Family Impact Center, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Columbia Public Schools, City of Columbia Career Awareness Related Experience, Lucky’s Market and Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company.

For enrollment information for Camp Salsa 2017 e-mail Sara Hughes at or call (573) 882-2428.

Camp Ca-Pow (College Access- Planning Our Way) is a free camp for middle school students that will focus on planning for the future. This camp is made possible through the collaboration of MU College of Education- Educational Leadership Policy analysis, 4-H, and Family Impact Center

In 2015, 18 middle school students participated in Camp Ca-Pow and in 2016, we had 22 students participate. They all had the opportunity to visit 4 college campuses, explore a variety of careers, and discuss different avenues to make college achievable.

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To enroll your child email or call (573) 882-2428