Be a Mentor and Make a Difference in Your Community
Supportive relationships and participation in healthy activities is critical to positive youth development. Engagement in the community and the presence of positive relationships decreases the effects of community disadvantage, is healing for people who have experienced trauma, and can decrease the likelihood of continued justice system involvement.
The Juvenile Mentoring Program (JUMP) is surrounding young people who are on Probation with opportunities to be part of their communities in productive ways and build relationships with positive and supportive adults. And we want your help!
As a volunteer mentor, you will engage with young people in small groups settings and/or one-on-one. You will participate in outdoor activities together, teach new skills, provide a listening ear, and encourage young people to be their best. Some activities will be organized and supported by the JUMP Coordinator, some you will be able to do on your own time.
Training and ongoing support is provided and no experience is required. Different opportunities are available to fit different needs and strengths.
Responsibilities and Requirements:
- Provide mentoring to young people, ages 11-21, who are involved in the juvenile justice system. There are options to be an individual mentor or participate or lead small group activities.
- Complete the mandatory training.
- Commit to volunteering monthly for at least a year.
- Communicate with the JUMP Coordinator regularly.
- Desire and ability to engage with young people in a positive, appropriate, supportive and respectful manner.
- Must be at least 21 years old
- Maturity, patience and good communication skills
- Worried about your criminal background disqualifying you? Reach out and talk to us.