JUMP! for Kankakee County
JUMP is a first-of-its-kind 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. JUMP facilitates a one-on one Match relationship. This relationship focuses on volunteer/service opportunities, assists with life goals, including education and career direction.
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 Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office is now recognized as an AmeriCorps Service Site for our region, serving as the first and only prosecutor's office in the United States to serve in this capacity. 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?
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 access to reliable transportation, a valid photo ID and/or driver’s license, and be willing to make a 12-month commitment to the program.
How to Apply:
To apply, please complete and submit the below form. Upon receipt of your information, a JUMP Coordinator will contact you with information on our upcoming Orientation Meeting to discuss the AmeriCorps 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 are included in the attachments below. We are seeking applicants who take initiative and are self-starters with a passion to serve their community. For more information about AmeriCorps or to apply for the following staff positions, contact Jeanette Wierer at JWierer@K3County.net or (815) 802-7862 Or Apply AT https://my.americorps.gov