Kathleen Blackburn coordinates the Jumpstart Pittsburgh program out of the University of Pittsburgh. Jumpstart for Young Children is a national non-profit that aims to close the kindergarten readiness gap through mentorship. Specifically she trains and coaching university students to enter preschool classrooms and engage the children both on language/literacy levels but also for social-emotional growth.
Currently enrolled in a non-profit management program out of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Katie aims to build leadership in the public and non-profit sector. Constantly learning, she aims to put such skills in action to grow smaller non-profits or programs also centered around education.
Katie previously lead an in-home daycare in the suburbs of Philadelphia, participated in the Jumpstart program that she now manages, and conducted research in an infant communication lab studying early marker signs for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Katie is also an alumna of Coro Pittsburgh’s NEXT Neighborhood Leaders–Wilkinsburg cohort and aims to use such experience to build community identity, such as bridging gaps between neighbors.