Mentor a Youth in Probation
|Application or Registration Deadline:
|Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
|Criminal Justice and Public Safety
|Time Commitment & Minimum Age:
|6 months - 21 years old minimum
Initial training and meetings at Boulder County Justice Center 1777 6th St., Boulder. Free parking.
Activity locations TBD
The mission of the Boulder County Community Services Juvenile Mentoring Program (JUMP) is to empower young people aged 12-24 who are on Probation in Boulder County to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their personal potential. Mentees are clients who choose to participate; they are not mandated to do so.
JUMP envisions a community in which every young person has access to reliable, nurturing one-to-one relationships and community support, which in turn allows each of them to develop into their full potential, capable of making informed, responsible decisions as involved members of our community.
This is a collaboration between the 20th Judicial District Probation office and Community Justice Services, a division of Community Services of Boulder County.
|Duties and Responsibilities:
Males especially needed.
Individual Mentor- Provide mentoring and guidance to a young person aged 12 to 24 by building a positive and ongoing relationship. Mentors will engage the young person in healthy, pro-social activities through regular one-on-one meetings. Mentors will serve as a positive role model, encourage community connections, and offer support that will help motivate the teen to successfully move through the system and life. Time commitment: about 10 hours per month but that’s up to you and your match. 6-month minimum commitment.
Group Mentor- Attend activities and groups that are hosted by the JUMP Coordinator. Interact with young people at the activity in positive and supportive ways and assist with group management and coordination. Average of 2-10 hours per month, 6-month minimum commitment.
|Qualifications and Requirements:
A desire to support, not ‘fix’ a youth is crucial.
Willingness to work effectively with vulnerable young people and interact with them in a positive, appropriate, supportive, and respectful manner.
Maturity, patience, and good listening/communication skills are essential. A desire to support, not ‘fix’ a child is crucial.
Must agree to criminal background check and fingerprinting. Lived experience can be valuable as a mentor and is considered on a case-by-case basis.
Per Juvenile Services policies, no one who has a DUI/DWAI/MIP conviction within the last 5 years may volunteer.
|Training Dates and Information:
A 3-hour pre-service training is required before approved mentors begin volunteering. Support is provided weekly/biweekly throughout the match.
Benefits To the Volunteer: Build a meaningful relationship and help a young person develop the skills and confidence to tackle life. Mentors will learn about the juvenile justice system, resources, courts, and work with professionals from a network of youth-serving agencies if their assigned case allows.
7 Things to Know about the Teen Brain:
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Ashley Carlson, JUMP Coordinator
or call 720-376-3948.
Process: Application, background check, interview, training, match – then your journey begins! We need you!
Complete the application.
Get a match!