JUMP! for Kankakee County
JUMP is a juvenile mentoring program for at-risk, court-involved youth in Kankakee County that partners the State’s Attorney’s Office with Juvenile Probation, local employers, community leaders, and volunteer mentors. JUMP supports the State’s Attorney’s efforts at the intervention stage of juvenile delinquency with the goal of improving outcomes and reducing truancy so that the youth does not re-offend as a minor or become an adult offender
In 2019 the State's Attorney's Office applied for funding to support JUMP under the AmeriCorps national initiative. The grant was awarded and the State’s Attorney’s Office is now recognized as an AmeriCorps Service Site for our region. This means that volunteer mentors who qualify may apply for an education award and a stipend to defray costs while performing community service as a mentor in the JUMP Program.
For more information about the mentoring program complete the form below.
Interested in Becoming a Volunteer Mentor?
JUMP is currently recruiting mentors and scheduling orientation and training sessions. Mentors must be over the age of 18, must complete an extensive background check and interview process, and complete all training sessions, before being matched with a mentee. They must have transportation and be willing to make a 21-month commitment to the program. The minimum commitment requires approximately 2 hours of in-person contact with their mentee per week.
How to Apply:
To apply, please complete and submit the below form. Upon receipt of your information, a JUMP Coordinator will contact you to schedule an interview, discuss the AmeriCorp initiative and further explain the program. Please be sure to complete all fields.
Interested in Joining the JUMP Staff?
The State's Attorney's JUMP Program is seeking staff members to fill important positions under the AmeriCorps grant program. Job descriptions and application instructions are included in the attachments below. We are seeking applicants who take initiative and are self-starters with a passion to serve their community. Non-mentor positions requires the application to be completed on a separate site (link included in the directions). For more information about AmeriCorps or the following staff positions, contact Cheryl Chamberlain at firstname.lastname@example.org.