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The JourneyUP Mentor Project (JUMP) provides young people ages 14-24 formerly in foster care or facing homelessness with mentoring friendships, a community support, and connections to resources to overcome barriers to success.

At age 18, youth in foster care "age out" of state custody. Many have nowhere to go and no one to turn to for help. Without supportive relationships, they struggle with homelessness, legal issues, medical emergencies, personal care and poverty.

JUMP assists youth to develop life skills, accomplish goals, and find resources to become independent by providing access to adult mentors and to basic services such as housing, employment, educational opportunities, medical and dental, and mental health services.

The JourneyUP Mentor Project is a program of The Christmas Box International, the Utah-based nonprofit serving children, teens and young adults who are victims of abuse, neglect and homelessness. To learn more about all of The Christmas Box International's programs, click here.

How it works...

Get Involved


Mentors must be:

  • Over 25 years old
  • Positive role models
  • Able to pass a background check
  • Committed to a one year friendship

If you are:

  • Aging out of foster care or facing homelessness in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 14-24 years old
  • Willing to spend time with a mentor
  • Wanting to have fun!

Are you a caseworker? Do you know someone who could benefit from having a mentor? Click here for more information.

Other ways to get involved:

Upcoming Events

Check out our upcoming events::

Are you a you interested in participating with The JourneyUP Mentor Project? Click the button below to visit our Facebook Page and view our upcoming events.

See what people are saying about the JourneyUP Mentor Project. Click here to visit The Christmas Box International's press room.

To donate by check:

Mail your check to "The Christmas Box International" at 3660 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84115. A receipt will be sent to the provided return address. List "JourneyUP Mentor Project of JUMP on the Memo line to designate the program.

Is my donation secure?

Yes! Protecting a donor's private information is our highest priority. We partner with the industry-leading Stripe.com to provide you with 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. We will not sell, trade or share your personal information.

Is my donation tax deductible?

The Christmas Box International is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization with the IRS, and your donation is fully tax-deductible. To claim a donation as a deduction, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record.

Do I get a receipt?

A donation receipt will be sent to you. If you select a recurring donation, you will be sent an individual receipt each month when your donation is processed.

Thank you for helping out JUMP and the particpants in the JUMP program!

We could never do it without YOU!