JUMP! for Kankakee County
JUMP! for Kankakee County is a juvenile mentoring program for at-risk, court-involved youth that partners the State’s Attorney’s Office with the Kankakee Area YMCA, the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, Juvenile Probation, local employers 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 child does not re-offend as a minor or become an adult offender. Ideally, every child who enters the juvenile justice system will be paired with a mentor and successfully complete the JUMP program.
In 2019 the State's Attorney's Office applied for funding to support JUMP under the AmeriCorp 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 a tuition voucher of up to $6,000 toward their college education. More details about this opportunity will be provided at the time of your orientation and/or interview.
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 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.